Yesterday I ran my third race of 2013 and my second half marathon for this year.
This is the second year for this race and I ran it both times.
This race is very well organized.
Plenty of porta potty, easy drop off for the runners, easy parking, waves are organized and it starts RIGHT on time.
They have plenty of water stations on the course and the volunteers were all really nice and cheerful.
The weather was almost perfect...well compare to Surf City is was perfect...it was much cooler, no wind but the sun was out bright and early.
The course is HARD. It is hilly. First uphill section comes at 0.5 mile just to give us a taste of what's to come!
I knew what to expect because this was the same course as last year. I knew where the hardest sections would be...(around mile 9 after the "suicide bridge").
This is not a PR course. My goal was to do better than I did at Surf City and to be PRESENT mentally for 13 miles and not let my mind check out like I did at Surf City.
I was happy to be freezing at the start and I felt pretty good for the first 8 miles or so. I had a really really bad toothache...the kind that keeps you up and will require a dentist visit...so I carried Oragel with me. Took 3 miles for my Ipod to join me in the race...for a minute there I thought I would run the whole race without music and I have to admit I did panic a little...but finally it started working!
I saw my family at mile 5.
And again right after mile 7. This course is good for spectators. They can see their runners more than once on the course without having to walk too much. Here was all up...not steep but not flat either.
After that..it got harder for me. I knew the bridge was coming and what was on the other side of the bridge. I walked that hill and took some salt. I tried to eat a bite of honey stinger but it was not going down so I did not force it. I also applied more Oragel since I was walking.
Got to mile 10 still OK. At mile 11 I started to have dry heaves... and I feared I would get sick again and I did not want to...by then I knew I was not going to PR so I decided I was not going to puke either....yes I am a wuss like that. To stop the cramps I walked a little..and it worked. I finished running and not puking.
And I did a lot better than I did in Surf City. Not just the time but mentally also. And because of that I am very happy with my race this time.
I am already signed up for next year. This is my favorite race (well if we don't count Hood to Coast as a race) They had a $20 off promotion so I went for it.
It is a pretty hard course but I like it. I got the orange shirt for signing up at the Expo.
Could you run with a wig like that??
The female winner was the great Deena Kastor! 1:12:57. She just turned 40 a couple days ago.
There was a band playing music after the race and the kids showed their best dance moves..
Next up San Diego Half Marathon in.....3 weeks!