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San Diego Half Marathon

San Diego Half Marathon


Let’s see….

In a perfect world, after I got my PR today at the San Diego Half Marathon I would’ve gone out to a great breakfast, come home to a clean house, relaxed in a bath, gotten a pedicure, read an entire magazine and taken a nice long nap.

In my world, our breakfast was cut short due to a little “incident” with Judah (he’s having a few tummy issues of his own) that resulted in an immediate exit of the restaurant and a parking lot clean up of the situation. I’ll spare you details, but it wasn’t pretty friends.

It also led to an immediate shower for everyone once we got home and a few extra loads of laundry on top of the three I already had waiting for me.

That’s not all either. Judah had another “incident” later in the day which put us about an hour late to a family dinner party at Tutu’s house. Lovely.



in a perfect world I would be sound asleep right now after a couple celebratory glasses of wine.

In my world I can barely keep my eyes open and I’m more proud about the fact that I got the crib sheets dry in time for the boys to go to bed than I am about my race this morning.


Here goes nothing.

San Diego Half marathon race recap.


Thanks to my driver (Grandma D) who insisted we leave at 5:45 am, I was actually there with over a half hour to spare before the start. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened.

Then it was about 10 minutes from the start time and 15 minutes into the longer than long porta potty line that I realized my dinner choice the previous night might not have been the best idea.


Ha ha ha!

In my last post I had said I was nervous that we were going out to dinner the night before a race because I wouldn’t be having my standard pre race meal. Then I ate this while we were out with the family at BJ’s- whole wheat veggie pizza without cheese and a bunch of jalapeños.

I also had some cooked quinoa, mashed banana and PB2 for dessert when we got home. Weird, yet delicious.

A random side note- I’m convinced that all runners have gastrointestinal troubles on race days. Anyone who says they don’t is pretty much lying. I’ll leave it at that.

Anyway….Mom and I had so much time in the porta potty line I convinced someone to take a picture of us.

mom and I

And…. I even had time for another shot on my way to my wave start.


I was sporting my new STUFT mama shirt, my new hat and my new Mizuno Elixir shoes.


Oh yes, I was in wave 1. Not sure how or why, but I took it.

Mom was really impressed with her picture of some Padre players helping out.


I don’t recognize any of them.


The actual race was awesome. It’s so different when I’m not pushing my way through from the back of the pack because I’m late to the start line.

Mile 8 is usually my “golden mile”. That’s where I have my GU, really check my pace and tell myself I’m going to turn up the heat. (That’s what I told myself this time anyway. Sometimes I say other motivational things, but that was my mantra for this race.)

It was less than a mile after that when I was convinced this was the best race course I’ve ever ran.

Side note- I never check out the race course before race day. I really should. I always go in blind to new races.

It was then about mile 9 when a pretty long uphill stretch started. Go figure.


Anyway…. after a bunch of random thoughts, some admiring of some cool running skirts, some non intentional dirty looks to people who passed me and a fairly long downhill….


The finish line.

It was inside Petco Park.


It was pretty awesome.

Um, I should’ve realized that beforehand also, but again, I never even bothered to look at the course. What is wrong with me?

Running through the tunnel and finishing on the field was freaking cool though.

It was even cooler that I just happen to get my best time ever.


I really should train more seriously so I can really compete with these fast ladies. I always tell myself I would if I had more time.

Any local coaches that want to take me under his or her wing and mold me into a competitive runner though, I’m all yours! Ha!


The best part of races (besides hoarding all the freebie samples and stuff they hand out) is finding my boys at the end.

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Oh, hmmm…. there’s the course map. It would’ve been helpful if I would’ve looked at that the previous day.

Check out my man STUFT Daddy. This race just happened to be on the first day of his vacation week from work. (I promise I didn’t plan it.) He got the boys up and dressed and drove all the way down to be there for me at the end.

What a guy.


Love him.

Love my whole cheering squad.


Actually, the boys didn’t really care too much about cheering or the race itself, they cared about the chocolate dipped marshmallows and pretzels


and the bounce houses that we made sure to use after paying $15 for an entry pass.


I had to get in on the fun too of course. Don’t mind the bad camera angle.


It was not easy climbing up there holding a 30 plus pound toddler, but…



The ride down was definitely worth it.

So much so that I had to do it again with Joaquin.



All in all, it was a great race.

My favorite race so far.

And aside from the “incidents”, countless loads of laundry and clean ups,

it was a great day appreciating all the family, love and support I have.

Racing is an opportunity to use the ability to run that God has given me.

It’s one amazing gift.


I also realized….

Sometimes your body performs better when you give it more rest and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

San Diego is one pretty awesome place to live.

Mom and Dad now have to take us out to dinner before every race.

(The next one is two weeks away! He he.)

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  1. 1

    Congrats on the PR! You are freaking fast!!!

  2. 2
    Miz says:

    for me it is 100% the bod performing better when I give it more rest.
    lovelovelove the photo of you and your mom.

  3. 3

    You are SUCH a rockstar! I’m in awe of you.

  4. 4

    Sounds a pretty darn good race! Oh those stupid stomach problems on race day! WTF?! I hate it soooo much. I am running a half this coming weekend and just praying they don’t plague me. I don’t comment much but I enjoy keeping up on your life/blog and your little cuties!

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Erika- I know, those dan stomach issues. What is up with that? Other sports just aren’t the same. Good luck this wekeend at your half!!!! HOpe your stomach cooperates.

  5. 5

    Girl – you are amazing! Congrats to you. And I love jalapenos on my pizza yum. And the quinoa, banana, PB2 combo? Sounds yummy to me!

  6. 6

    Wow. You blow me away – I bet if you did train hard core you’d win whole the race. Congrats!!!

  7. 7
    Becky Przy says:

    Awesome job! I love how you highlight that even though you might be able to run faster if you had the time to train, being a mom is #1 (plus its the most fun and rewarding). Your times rock–having twin boys or not!!

    The whole time I was reading about you all at the bouncy house, I was crossing my fingers that Judah didn’t have an ‘incident’ there–it might have been pretty hard to tear the boys (and you 😉 ) away from there.

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh my goodness Becky- that really would’ve been bad wouldn’t it? I didn’t even think about that. The restaurant was bad enough. poor guy. Yes, being mom is #1!!! I feel like that job is harder to train for than races. Ha ha.

  8. 8
    Jen Crandall says:

    Spectacular! Great job on your personal best!! The “incidents” reminded me of one Easter when my daugher was 12 months. She had an explosion so earth shattering that poo went all the up to her neck in her easter outfit. Ahh yes, good times, good times….

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh…. all the way to the neck in a cute Easter outfit. That sounds fun. 🙂 Poor thing (and poor you). I hope you got some pictures before that happened. 🙂

  9. 9
    Jessica says:

    You are amazing and I am so glad that the race went so well for you. I hope all the tummy issues disappear soon, that takes all the fun out of things. Make sure you get to rest today (although I think it’s your marathon day of classes), take it easy on yourself.

  10. 10
    jennifer says:

    Wow! You are awesome! I think you should not train for your races all the time with that PR! Way to go! And I agree it is awesome that you live in San Diego! I’m jealous! I want to live there!

  11. 11

    You just amaze me! I’d kill for that time!! Sounds like a really fun race too – finishing in a ballpark – lots of cute baseball pant butts?

    • 11.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Um… let me just tell you that your fast booty made me pick up the pace with your race coming up next wekeend and all. YOU inspire me. 🙂 You know, I didn’t even notice any cute baseball pant butts. What is wrong with me?

  12. 12

    I LOVE when races turn out like that – no expectations, just run, and then everything comes together. LOVE that new race shirt too, super cute!! You are a FAST mama, that should have been added to your shirt. 😉

    And piling on the jalapenos the night before a race, really? You were just asking for trouble, right? 😉

  13. 13
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Way to go Kristin – you rock! I have been to San Diego on business and it was pure delight – you guys are lucky to live there – sorry about your tummy issue – you continue to inspire me – I was going to run today but instead I worked out with “your boyfriend” and I think the running would have been easier – take care, Amy

  14. 14
    misszippy says:

    Congrats on a PR in less than perfect conditions! Just think what you can do when things fall into place perfectly…

    Love San Diego and am jealous of anyone who lives there!

  15. 15
    Sara says:

    Looks like you had an amazing time, Kristin! What fun at the end w/ the boys!

  16. 16

    Alright, so after this baby is born I am hiring you to be my long-distance trainer! Way to kick some butt 🙂

  17. 17

    You say you should have trained harder to really compete with the other ladies, but I think 13 out of 488 of them is pretty darn impressive! Nice job! I too love San Diego. I’ve been there several times and every time I say I want to move there. Someday I will!

  18. 18
    janetha says:

    Congrats to you–you amaze me! And so do your arms. Every day.

  19. 19

    Oh poor Judah 🙁 He had race nerves for you. If you can get a PR without training as much as you think you should that’s GOOD! Super funny you don’t look at the course ahead of time. I actually that might help me when running, or at least prevent a little boredom.

  20. 20

    Congrats on the race! I love all of the family pictures… too cute!

  21. 21

    Fantastic Race time, Kristin! And totally cool finish!

    BTW, I desire to have arms that look like yours. Nice… love the family, pic, too!

  22. 22

    wooohooo!! congrats on your race kristin! way to rock it! i love your family – ya’ll are SO cute!

  23. 23

    Congratulations, Kristin!! That time is amazing–you better be proud of yourself for it! : )

  24. 24
    AmyC says:

    Looks like a really fun race, especially ending inside the ballpark. I love that your mom kept you company and took so many awesome pictures! And your tank rocks =)

  25. 25

    Way to go Mama! I go in blind to races, too. I think the element of surprise helps at times. If I knew there was a huge hill at mile 10 I would be thinking about it at mile 8.

    BTW – your arms are killer!! Lifting twins takes serious muscles!

  26. 26

    Congratulations on your race!!! And that stinks about Judah. Poor guy!

  27. 27

    Congrats on the race! You did so great! Sorry about the tummy issues the boys are having. I hope your day got better today.

  28. 28
    Julie says:

    Great job and congrats on your finish. Looks like a super fun event.

  29. 29
    Liz says:

    You are the fastest runner I know! So proud of you! Looking forward to our chocolate race in 2 weeks! 🙂

  30. 30
    Sasha says:

    Wow, congrats Kris! Love all the photos.

  31. 31

    Major kudos to you! I am sooo impressed by your run. I used to race a ton but motherhood changed that. I don’t race anymore, but I run, daily 🙂 Big difference! Congrats on your racing and for making time for it!

  32. 32
    Anna W. says:

    congrats! your STUFT Mama shirt looks great!


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