First race of 2013!
I started this year with a 10K.
First time I was running this race and I loved it.
It was cold. Actually for California I can say it was freezing: 28 F !!! I am not complaining...I would take 28 over 80+ ANY day.
I changed outfits 3 times..before leaving the house. I knew I had to dress warmer than usual...but I also did not want to get too warm....I am not used to these colder temperatures but I could easily get used to it!
This was a small race..less than 200 runners in the 10K (they also had a 5K). It is organized by a local running club.
The location was beautiful. The course goes through orange groves.
This was before the start.
At first I was wearing a warmer hat and I decided to change at the last minute and I am glad I did. My toes and fingers were petty cold before the race. At mile 3 I wished I had gone with just one layer (short sleeve top). I thought about taking the pink one off and tossing it to Bill but I was not very smart and I put my bib on the pink top instead of the blue one. I did not want to stop and take the bib off so I just forgot about that plan.
Everything was great at that race. Easy free parking and check in and everyone was so nice. We got a long sleeves tech shirt and a nice medal plus the race had time chip and the cost was $30! Also a plus...REAL Bathrooms!!!!!!
The course was beautiful going up and down citrus groves. I had no race plan really. I know very smart of me. I did not expect hills and surprise...they came to the party. First one came pretty soon and I was not prepared for it and I felt the burning in my legs...
I felt pretty good during this race. I thought I was doing better than I was and every time I looked at my Garmin I was disappointed to see that in reality I was doing just OK
This is about half way on the course where my supporting crew was. Look how pretty it is!
The groin was OK. Stomach....hmmm all good until the last 1/2 mile....I almost puked right in front of my kids....had to take a couple of WALKING steps right there...I remember yelling at Bill "Don't take pictures of this!!!!!!!!!". As I passed by him I heard him say "You are doing great, I know you are hurting" Enough motivation to give me a push to run strong to the finish.
Getting to the finish...my paparazzi kids were snapping pictures with their leap pads!
I did OK..no PR but 5th in my AG (small race remember).
I highly recommend this race if you are a local reader..(hmmm Sandy for you). Next year they are planning on adding a half marathon! I will run this one every year from now on.
After the race I even had a FREE massage before we headed back home.
The next day my legs were hurting...and so I did only 4 miles. I am a little worried about my mileage leading up to Surf City. It is not where it should be. I have decided that RnR Pasadena is going to be my "goal" race. It is just 2 weeks after Surf City.
I have decided to register for the Fontana half marathon. $40 for a half marathon is hard to resist. For a minute I considered doing RnR San Diego instead (same weekend as Fontana). RnR SD is $110 and it also requires a hotel stay so I went with the cheaper and closer race. It is the race where I got injured last year so I will need to be prepared for the downhill.
I want to thank everyone who commented on the last post. You are all so so nice!