I ran the OC half marathon Sunday morning.
It was my third time running this race.
This year was the 10th anniversary of the race.
I was so not prepared for a half marathon...the training has been mediocre at best.
I went to the Expo Saturday with the whole family.
Nothing special to report about the Expo...same old same old....
I think that this year shirt is really ugly. The colors are aweful and for a blonde well it is the worst ..
Cantaloupe and very light green
We made a stop at the NUUN booth to say hello. Lots of people were trying the new NUUN ENERGY. Have you tried it ?
The kids and my husband were supposed to come and support me like they always do but with a 6:15 am start and the guarantee that this would be a slow time I thought it'd be selfish of me to let them come.
I got maybe 4 hrs of sleep....we are dealing with a barking dog right now....not fun....very frustrating...I can tolerate the puppy biting and jumping..but barking no.
So anyway I got up at 3:45 am and went to Newport alone. This is a point to point course so we needed to take a shuttle to get to the start. I got there just in time. Got to the starting line and waited 30 min for porta potty...the race started I was still in line.....I ended up not going....it was so nasty..I could not get in.
I jumped in my coral and we were off.
I felt ok for the first 6 miles. Because I was not trained for this and I did not want to spend the summer at PT like I did last summer I decided to do run/walk right from the start 2:1. I skipped the walking part on the downhill sections and I did not run any of the uphill parts.
Beautiful parts do the course
At mile 7 I felt sharp pain in my knee and I knew that walking was the smartest choice so I did that for most of the rest of the race. It sucks but I kept telling myself that it's better that than go back to being injured. I also kept telling myself "there's no barking here, enjoy this moment" :)
I knew I would see one of my hood to coast teammate at mile 11.5 and I focused on that "just get to Sarah". Eventually I saw this:
I tried to think of the last time I ran 10 miles.....way too long ago obviously.
The course is mean to the runners....yes MEAN....
At mile 11 comes the longest hill of the course.....yikes.....
I knew it was coming I just did not remember how long it was...at the top I starred to run because well I do have some pride and I was. to going to walk pass Sarah...no no.
Mile 11.5 no Sarah.....I thought I had missed her and she left her cheering spot.
I kept running and soon I saw her....was nice to see someone I knew. :)
I find it hard mentally to not have my family there...knowing I will see them at certain mile markers helps.
So I finished. I did better than last year but still very crappy.
I got this nice bling
I am happy that I did it. I almost talked myself into a DNS. I would have regreted not going I know it.
So it's still necessary to train for a half marathon because well it is not easy.
I need to figure out a way to move up on the priority list in my family because right now this is the order
My next race is the RnR San Diego half marathon June 1st.
I need to train a lot better.
I have about 2 more weeks of working and then it's summer vacation.
We cannot take a long trip this year so we will go on a road trip: San Francisco and Yosemite!