I actually ran the Big Sur International
It was hard.
Don't ask me how long it took me. (In my defense, there was an extremely unusual heat wave the day I ran it, setting new temperature records for heat in both Monterey and San Francisco.)
But it's a spectacular marthon. I highly recommend it if you are shopping for one. It was voted best marathon in North America a number of times. 26 miles along the awesome Pacific Coast Highway.
Some good general fitness info on the net that everyone should be familiar with (in my opinion):
Once upon a time I had more info about other things I like on these web pages, but this info is in need of an update. In the meantime here are a few pictures I had lying around.
By Lake Tahoe:
My favorite bouldering problem: