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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon 2012 Recap

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon 2012 Recap


Hey hey!

First of all I just thought you all should know a little something I’m really proud of that happened yesterday.


Ha ha ha. You’re Bachelor fans aren’t you?


Well, we survived the amazing Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. And by “we”, I mean all the runners (I think there were 30,000 or something like that) and my personal chauffer STUFT Daddy.


What a gem.


Let’s rewind to last night.

8:30 pm- I still didn’t have anything packed for the race or had eaten my usual pre race dinner. Coincidentally, I found Kitty locked in our office and he had left me a very stinking present in there.

How nice. Cleaning up cat poop was exactly what I wanted to be doing the night before a marathon when we needed to be out of the house for at 4:30 am.


Pre race meal was whole wheat pasta with roasted zucchini.


I’m thinking that all that zucchini may not have been the best idea since I had a bit of tummy troubles during the race today. Well, either that or the all crushed red pepper.


You’d think I’d learn.


I got my race outfit ready.


Halo hat (I love my Halo– it totally keeps the sweat from dripping down my face)

Lululemon top that my friend Bethany gave me

Handful padded inserts (see how the magic happens here– ha ha)

Lululemon running shorts

Road Runner Sports socks

Mizuno Elixir shoes

(not pictured is my Amphipod racing belt)


Set out my gear.


and my GU.


I’ve heard some people sleep in compression socks before a race. I slept in my Spanx.

Ha ha.


This morning we I was up bright and early at 4:15 am. The boys stayed at Grandma D and Papap’s house since they weren’t coming to the race. I think Andrew may have been a little jealous.

When he made it to the kitchen he was just in time for me to make him snap a quick picture of me


making my mocha and my pre race sandwich (this time it had SunButter instead of PB).


Because of my need to take pictures I totally forgot to put any kind of sweetener in my mocha. Bleh.


On the drive I ate my sandwich, drank my unsweetened, not so great mocha, practiced my dinosaur arm and stuffed my shirt with some GU.


Word of advise- not the best place to run with GU. I currently have some serious chaffing injuries on my chest.

It was about this time (the race started at 6:15)


and this place


when we decided I was going to have to run to the starting line. STUFT Daddy wasn’t staying for the race anyway, so I ran. Uphill.


Somehow I managed to make it the starting line just in time.


I even saw my cute friend Erin (who rocked the half marathon).


(Whoever I made take this picture must have been pretty nervous. Ha.)

I did not make it in time to stand in the porta potty line,


but I did make it to my corral start.


I decided I’d rather start with my group and find a bathroom once the race started than wait in line.

Plus I was wearing a Huggies diaper in my shorts in case of emergency. Not joke people. My mom once told me I needed to get some Depends for my race mornings. Who needs Depends when you have Huggies? I literally had one of the boys’ diapers shoved in my pants. Don’t tell anyone, okay?


We were off.



I found a porta potty and ditched the clean diaper after the first half mile.


I couldn’t hear my darn Nike+ GPS for the first couple miles either because of my high class Ziploc baggie case. So I had to fumble around a bit around mile 3. It gave me a chance to take a quick action shot though.


The course (you can check it out here) was awesome. It took us all over beautiful downtown San Diego.

It was never too crowded even though there were so many people doing the race. It definitely helped having the corral start and getting to start before a lot of other racers.


Let’s see- some randomness along the course…….

I’m pretty sure I passed a running Elvis drinking something that resembled beer around mile 5 or so.

The first 6 miles I felt great besides some nagging tummy pains.

By mile 7 it dawned on me that STUFT Daddy was probably already back at home sleeping soundly in our bed. I was right. (Yes, that’s right. I was racing and he was back at home asleep. For the record I told him to do it.)

At mile 9 I had my first GU (vanilla).

One of the bands was playing Journey. Awesome.

At mile 14 I had to make a second bathroom stop. Wasn’t planning on that, but you do what you have to do.

There was also a pretty significant portion of the race that was on the freeway and slanted a bit. Not my favorite, but later on it was on a different road that was slanted the other way, so I guess it evens it out.


At mile 17 I had my GU Chomps and was starting to slow down a bit. I think that’s where the not doing enough long runs in training did me in a bit.

By mile 21, my pace had slowed down considerably. (My first 7 miles were around a 7:35 pace.)

It was at mile 22 when I had to make yet another bathroom stop and was really regretting the previous night’s dinner choice. (Yes, that’s three stops total for the race. Lame.)

I really had to talk myself through the last 4 miles. They were rough and I mean rough. My legs were hurting (calves, right knee, hamstrings, etc.). But, hey, I’m sure pretty much everyone is hurting at that point.


Today, I told myself the following during those last 4 miles:

That it’s not an option to give up now.

To swing my arms and just keep moving.

That I’ll be sipping on wine and eating pizza sometime really soon.

That if anyone else on the course isn’t hurting or doesn’t want to throw up, there must be something wrong with them.

That I already ran 22 miles and put in all the work, so I better get my butt in gear and finish this thing.

That STUFT Daddy better be out of bed by now and on his way down to pick me up.

That God gave me the gift of running and there is no way I’m not going to push myself to use it. Life isn’t easy.


After what seemed like the slowest 4 miles ever I finally made it to the finish.




(Competitor.com has this really great runner tracking system and you can track your runner along the course. We didn’t do it because, well, Andrew was sleeping, but it seems super cool.)


So, my friends, I got my Boston Marathon qualifying time. Yippee! Now I just need to find someone to pay my way to get there. Ha.



I was all by my lonesome at the finish. I was not feeling well and my body was going into shock a bit. I was super cold and tired, but that didn’t stop me from picking up as many freebies as I could hold. They had a whole array of goodies at the end. The best I’ve seen yet.


I bypassed the bananas


and went straight to the Jamba Juice.


I made sure to stop at the Snickers Marathon booth this time since they were already closed at the expo.


Once I couldn’t hold anymore (and take pictures at the same time)


I asked someone else to take a picture of me


and made my way to the exit.

Vons saved the day by handing out bags. I was tempted to go back in and fill that bad boy up, but that wasn’t allowed.


Oh well.

I got a good little amount of goodies.


Oh look, and I just happen to find another stranger to take yet another picture.


After my attempt to stock up, it was time to meet up with STUFT Daddy.

I think this may have been the worst part. I was freezing. (And still drinking that Jamba Juice. Not very smart.)


I had to walk pretty far.


I mean far.


Finally my beloved Mizunos


led me to my man.


Yay! I’ve never been so excited to get into a warm truck in my life.


“Hi honey.”


We stopped for some breakfast on the way home at The Broken Yolk Café.

We were tempted to try this challenge to get a little plaque on the wall, but decided that might ruin the rest of the day a bit.


I went with this with egg whites only.


And just barely managed to write a couple twitter posts and take a few last pictures



before my iPhone died.

I didn’t even get to take a picture of all 3 of the hot sauces I slathered on there.


Yeah, Andrew was pretty upset my phone died too.



So friends…….

since I always get a little sappy after a race here are a couple more sappy thoughts of mine.


I have the best husband and family in the world to let me take so much time training and racing. They did not sign up for it. A few years ago none of us knew how much I’d fall in love with racing and running. I cost them a lot of time, grumpiness and money and they still support me.

I’m living my dream right now. I always wanted to be that mom who, after having kids, raced and raced hard. I’m working on it. I don’t know how long it will last, but man I’m going to try to keep it up for as long as I can.

I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have this opportunity to run this race. I wasn’t planning on running a full marathon so soon, but when I was given the opportunity to run this I had to take it.


 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series put on a wonderful race. This was my first time doing the whole Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ and if definitely won’t be my last. I had a blast.

From the holy huge expo, to the great course, excellent medical team, Team in Training runners and coaches, to the entire race experience….. it was epic.

An additional shout out to the energy of the whole race. All of the bands and the tens of thousands of spectators was something I’d never experienced before. There were a lot of people- a lot of cow bells and signs. It was soooo much fun. I loved it!


Thank you Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and Competitor.com for one heck of an amazing race!

I can’t wait to do it again.


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  1. 1

    Reading this makes me want to run a marathon…kinda. hmm…

  2. 2

    You are my hero. You always have such a story on your race day and there’s always a happy ending! I’m sure you can find someone to sponsor you and pay for Boston. Don’t people know who you are?? And that you have a Flat Kitty?? I’m super proud of you!!

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Really Sara, I just have to say that you are one of my favorite people ever. Your comments are always so nice. Oh it’s my dream to find someone to pay for Boston. Maybe I can offer them some Flat Kitty goods in return. Ha ha.

  3. 3

    ROCKSTAR!!! You are an amazing woman and the diaper …well again, just another genius move! haha! Congrats on an awesome race time!!!

  4. 4
    Kinley says:

    Wow! Congrats!! And i could never eat that many veggies the night before a long run either 🙂 I’m hoping I finish my marathon about 2 hrs slower than that 😉 ha!

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kinley- I’ve missed you!!!! Yeah I won’t be eating that many veggies before a race again. Not a good call. You will do AWESOME in your marathon!! When is it?

      • I know! I made your 3 ingredient fudge yesterday and saw you were marathoning! (Is that a word?!) And we shall see about that awesomeness 😉 I was supposed to run one May 20th but it was called when I was at mile 15 because of the heat… After that I signed up for one on June 24th but my mental game is seriously lacking after the big fat DNF. Hopefully I can rally the legs and brain on the 24th to finally become a marathoner!

        • STUFT Mama says:

          Kinley- Of course can rally. 🙂 I know what you mena though about it messing with your head. I’ll be sending good thoughts your way! 🙂 Yay!!! You’ll be a marathoner in 3 short weeks!

  5. 5
    janetha says:

    Woo! Good job!! You are so incredible.

  6. 6
    Becky Przy says:

    You rocked it Kristin!!!! Awesome job!

    I can’t wait until I am done having kids and can start training even harder–you are such an inspiration!

    • 6.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Becky. It actually kind of happened by default. I don’t think God has any more kids planned for us, so I decided to focus more on training and running. I’m excited for you when you get to start training harder. It’s so much fun (not better than having kis though). 🙂

  7. 7
    Angie says:

    That’s awesome! Especially with the stomach issues. Congrats!

  8. 8
    Joy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a great time…and qualifying for Boston…amazing!!

    I love your recap of the race and can’t believe you had to run to the start line. Your morning sounds like such an adventure.

    You give me inspiration for my first marathon in October. I’m so scared of those last 4 miles, but you’re right…you’ve already put in 22 and all the training, so it’s all about pushing through, mentally and physically.

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Joy- those last 5 or so miles are brutal, but….. so worth it. And….. a couple hours later all is good. He he. I’m so excited for you and your first marathon in October. Keep me posted on your training and everything. Yay!! What race are you doing?

  9. 9
    jennifer says:

    Wow! Congrats! You qualified for Boston with 3 bathroom breaks!! You are awesome!! So proud of you! Seeing lots of people wearinv their medals and limping in Old Town tonight. Made me miss running a marathon!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Jennifer. I forgot you’re down here right now. Are you having fun? I bet Old Town was crowded. Those runners sure deserve some margaritas. Ha ha.

  10. 10
    Laura says:

    What a great recap, Kristin! I love all the details.. that traffic and running to the start line is exactly how my (only) marathon started! Not ideal at all, but it did get the adrenaline flowing! You did an amazing job. I remember the pain of those last 3-4 miles, too. Way to push through and prove your mental toughness. And a BQ- congrats!! Rest up well this week!

  11. 11
    Liz says:

    Kristin~ Thank you for sharing your running adventure! You are so inspiring, fast, and amazing! I hope you are resting, relaxing, and eating a huge slice of red pepper topped pizza with your sweet boys and silly kittys! 🙂

    • 11.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Liz- That’s exactly what I did last night. Ha. Oh… and I’m going to keep teaching Strollerjam for a little while so we’ll be seeing you this summer (until they get someone else ot teach anyway). 🙂

  12. 12

    What a great post! And on the same day. I would have had to rest up before having the energy to write something as great as this. You’re a rock star! Thanks for sharing your journey with us! 🙂

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Mimi- Oh thanks. You’re too kind. I have to write it while it’s still in my head. Otherwise it’s all a blur. Ha ha. Thank YOU for letting me share the journey with you! 🙂

  13. 13

    gasp! They had Jamba Juice at the end? I missed it! congrats in a great race!

  14. 14

    Congrats!!! You are so inspiring. That is such a kick ass time!!! 😀

  15. 15

    I can’t believe you did that time with 3 bathroom breaks! You are officially my hero. Also, your arms look amazing.

    Oh, and that diaper… brilliant. 😉

  16. 16

    Congratulations! I hope you stopped at Cafe 222 while you were in San Diego – they have the best brunch ever 🙂 BTW, I LOVE your running shorts.

  17. 17
    sarah says:

    WELL DONE!!!

    That’s just ANOTHER huge acheivement under your belt Kristen- Ah-Mazing:). That’s a fantastic time!!

    I can’t quite fathom where you muster the energy to chase around 2 toddlers & aaaall your other stuff, as well as running extremely succesful races-ack, you make me as green(as 1 of your mighty delicious microwave muffins<3) with envy:).
    You should be SO proud, and you should also treat yourself to lots of lovely desserts:).

    • 17.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Um, Sarah, this may just be the nicest comment ever. Thanks so much! YOU better believe I’ve been eating my fair share of desserts. Ha. Hugs to you friend. Now if I could just get my house and laundry under control. Really, don’t be impressed, there’s alot of things that don’t make it on the blog. Ha ha!

  18. 18
    Bonnie says:

    Congrats on such an incredible race, Kristin! What an amazing experience and awesome time – you’re incredible! Way to go! I am seriously impressed by how fast you are and you’re right in recognizing your family as they have helped you get to this point – so blessed by supportive families. 😀 I’m so proud of your amazing job – WELL DONE! Celebrate well and sleep so great tonight, K! …way to leave it all on the roads in San Diego. 😉

    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks so much Bonnie! I totally think of you a lot along the course when I’m telling myself to glorify Him and leave it all on the road because He gave it to me! 🙂 Love ya!

  19. 19
    Lisa says:

    Great job!!! You are such a superstar runner!

  20. 20
    Brandi Ballard says:

    Kristin, you are a beast woman!! What a fabulous time, and with 3 potty breaks! Great job!!

  21. 21

    Awesome job!! Such an inspiration to moms everywhere who are striving for the same thing. I’ll be knocking on your door once I’ve had this baby for some pointers – and maybe I’ll drop off the family to keep yours company 🙂

  22. 22
    Isabel Blake says:

    Hi there. So awesome to read your race story. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m thinking of running a full
    Marathon but I’m terrified!! Xoxo ps I love Ur choc fudge cookie dough!

    • 22.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Glad you love the cookie dough. Me too! He he. 🙂 If you really want to do a race, go for it! Once in a lifetime experience! 🙂 YOu could totally do it Isabel!

  23. 23
    Jessica says:

    You are amazing- I don’t know how you do all that you do. Promise me you will actually rest this week. I would have never thought of the diaper- but that is brilliant!

  24. 24

    Wow…congrats on qualifying for Boston! That is freaking awesome! And I love how you take so many pictures. During my next race, I’m definitely going to make sure to get some good shots.

    I’d love to feature this post as well. If you decide your interested, shoot me an email. 🙂


    • 24.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I was thinking that I need to NOT take so many pictures of myself. I’m sure everyone is sick of seeing those. Ha. 🙂 Will email. 🙂 Still need to get the other one linked up! 🙂

  25. 25

    I enjoyed reading your recap … I do not know if I will make it through a marathon … working on my second Half, however you sure make it sound fun (with the hard parts included).

  26. 26
    Rhonda says:

    Wow! You are clearly very fast- in the porta potty I mean. I can’t believe you had 3 bathroom breaks and STILL got a BQ time! Great job! 🙂

  27. 27
    Kathy says:

    Stuft Daddy looks “just thrilled” to be eating breakfast with ya…HA!

    Great pics girl and congrats! I can’t believe you really had a diaper in your shorts? Really? Do others really do that too? And think of what your time would have been w/out the 3 port-a-stops. 😉

    • 27.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yes, really with the diaper. 🙂 Not sure if anyone else does that. I came up with that one all on my own. 🙂 And yeah, STUFT Daddy doesn’t look annoyed at all. He was loving that I was trying to tweet during breakfast. 🙂

  28. 28
    Miz says:

    Oh Stuftmammmma. You inspire me.

  29. 29

    Congratulations on your finish, and on your BQ!!! So exciting

  30. 30

    YOU ROCK!!! I’m so incredibly proud of you and amazed by your time!! I knew you were going to do well, but dang girl — BQ!! And with 3 lofty breaks?! I’ll say it again, you inspire me daily!!

    • 30.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Heather. You are way too nice. Yeah, 3 stinking bathroom breaks. Lame. Ha ha. DO you have any races coming up? And… you inspire me as well friend. 🙂

  31. 31

    You are a machine and such an inspiration! I hope you had a great rest of the day with lots of good food and some relaxation!

    • 31.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Sarena. Oh man am I looking forward to a resting week. 🙂 I have some serious catching up to do. Hope your summer is off to a great start with those cute boys of yours. 🙂

  32. 32
    Katie @ msfitrunner says:

    I had to comment as soon as I saw you wore the elixirs!! I have the musha and have been running in the. And love them. I ordered the elixirs last week and CAN’T WAIT to get them! Ok, now I have to go back and actually read the rest of your awesome marathon recap:) have a great day!

    • 32.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Hey Katie- I only race in Elixirs. I love them. 🙂 I’ve never worn the musha. My feet are pretty flat so I’m not sure they would work for me. Can’t wait for you to get the elixirs though. 🙂

  33. 33

    Congratulations, friend!!!!!! YAY for an awesome time and double yay for qualifying for boston!!! I am sorry I didn’t get a note to you before the race – I was thinking about you yesterday!!!!
    Hope you are able to enjoy some quiet, recovery time (although I know that’s a shot in the dark with 2 boy toddlers – LOL).
    Maybe we can plan to do Boston together one day!!! =)

  34. 34

    Congrats!!!! That’s amazing AND with 3 stops???? Geez Louise you’re a speed demon. Love love the huggies 😉 That just made my day!

  35. 35

    3 bathroom stops and a BQ? You rock! I’m totally stealing the diaper idea too! If you can get to Boston toucan stay with me for free! 🙂


  36. 36

    strong work stuft mama!!!! congratulations!!

  37. 37

    Great recap!!! You rocked it…and I want every race to end with jamba juice.

  38. 38
    Carolyn says:

    Nice work! Seriously you are incredible and I am so excited for your BQ! You must do it! My sister ran Boston this year and she said it was one of the most exciting moments of her entire life. It could be a little getaway for you and STUFT daddy:)

  39. 39
    Ali says:

    Congrats! I was happy for you runner’s when I woke up to grey skies ;). The previous weekend was hot! Glad you had fun.

  40. 40
    teabagginit says:

    so inspiring! congratulations!

  41. 41

    Potty breaks, chafing and a BQ? Holy hell. I either need to run uphill before all my races, hold gu near my man boobs or eat more crushed red peppers. Clearly we have the lack of sleep thing down, so one of those other three must be your key to such awesome success.

    Great job out there.

  42. 42
    Sasha says:

    Whoa dude! Boston should have a special category for runners like you who: do a pre-marathon run to the start line, wear a kid’s diaper (omg!), stop 3 times during the race to use the bathroom and still qualify for Boston, take photo documentation, raid the expo and walk far to catch your ride home. Talk about dedication and accomplishment! Congrats!!! You’re such a hard worker and put so much into this and I’m so happy for you to see you kill it at all of these races. You look great (as usual) and thanks for sharing, entertaining and inspiring all of us. 🙂

  43. 43
    Sasha says:

    Wait, forgot to include: sooo cool that Dr. Andy retweeted (and follows your Twitter)!

  44. 44
    Leah M D says:

    I ran the full on Sunday too and it WAS GORGEOUS out and an awesome course, great job on your BQ. That is awesome! I give major props to anyone who can sustain such a fast pace for so long. But I have to say I was pretty bummed that almost NONE of the freebies at the end were left by the time I finished. I seriously got nothing but a bottle of water and a mini bagel at a time when I desperately needed something in my tummy, big disapointment I’ll tell ya. Especially after paying so much for this race.

    • 44.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Leah- that stinks that none of the freebies were left. That’s just not right. I’m sorry. Especially since you paid so much for the race like you said. Man. Did you get some tuna at least? It was over closer to the beer tent. I have so many packs of that Starkist. Ha ha. 🙂 Hope you’re recovering well! 🙂

  45. 45

    Congrats on such a great race, Kristin!!! You’re a true inspiration. I too hope that someday I’m the mom who works hard to take care of herself along with taking care of her family — you should be so proud of the fact that you still chase after your goals and dreams.
    p.s. this totally makes me want to run a full marathon!!


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