America’s Finest City Half Marathon- The Hopeful Start of a Comeback


Hey friends! Happy Monday morning. I’ll try to make this recap snappy. Don’t want to take up too much time this fine Monday morning.


I meant to write it up last night, but, well, I decided to do a little something else instead.



Best decision ever. He he.


Gosh, three months ago I would have never thought I’d be writing a race recap post. In fact, I wasn’t totally sure I’d ever get to write one again. Crazy how life works, huh?

First of all, I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to be able to run again. I may never be really fast and competitive (although if my body lets me I’m sure going to try), but I can still enjoy the journey and be thankful for every single step I get to take.


I’ve run the AFC at least 3 times. I think I’ve actually run it more like 5 times. It was actually the first half marathon I ever ran. The recaps that are on the blog are from the past two years: 2011 here and 2012 here.


So, here’s a quick recap from yesterday.


I was super nervous about this race. Not because I was racing to be competitive, but because I hadn’t ran a race in so long and was nervous about how it would turn out.

Couldn’t decide what I wanted to wear, what to eat beforehand, what gels to take, etc. Yep, I was pretty much a mess. Ha.


I usually am one to drive myself to races, but somehow I suckered my friend Erin into giving me a ride. She was at my house bright and early at 4:45 am.

I was running late as usual. Tried to get all done up and such for the race.


Also had to figure out what kind of gel and fuel I was going to use. I usually do the whole GU thing, but thought I’d live dangerously and try something new even though they say never to try out new things at a race and to stick with what you’re used to. I figured I’d take a chance though since a lot of my eating has changed a bit since I raced last.

I went with these new Vega Sport products and one of my go to chia shots. I took the recovery drink for afterwards.


Also had to make sure I had a strong Americano and some egg whites for the road.


Yeah, that’s right. I took microwaved egg whites with cinnamon in the car (and I wonder why I usually don’t get ride offers). LOL. By the way, isn’t that the cutes little egg white ring ever?

I used my new RooSport pack for the race. I wasn’t sure if it would be comfortable or not, but it actually did a great job of holding my phone and gel the entire time.


Once we got there after sitting in traffic for a bit, the shuttle lines were long as usual.


At least the shuttle buses were pretty nice though once we finally got on them.


I went for the banana on the ride. It took a good 15 minutes or so to get to the starting line at Cabrillo National Monument.


I’m guess it was about here when my friend Erin was ready to get away from me and my camera, but she was way too nice to say anything.


Once got to the starting line there were more lines. Lots of lines at this race. These ones were for the port a potties and they did not move very fast. Oh well, just some more photo opportunities.

We were all sporting our Halo Headband attire of course. He he.


And the girls were sporting some pretty cool shoes.


He he.

This is one of those races where you’re standing there waiting for the start and everyone starts walking forward and then before you know it you’re crossing the start line. It kind of sneaks up on you.


It only took about a mile for me to start crying. That was about here.


I just kept saying in my head, “I’m running a race. I’m running a race.” It was so surreal. It was a gift. A gift that truthfully, I feel like I don’t deserve, but I loved every minute of it.

It was weird running and not trying to push myself too hard. Every time someone passed me I wanted to say “Oh, um, I have hip dysplasia and am just coming back from not running for 5 months”. Ha ha. I held back though.

I started out pretty slow on mile one (I guess I was too busy crying), then started to speed up a bit. The first couple of miles are downhill and the weather was really nice and overcast so it was easy to pick up the pace a bit.

About half way through my body started telling me that it needed some fuel and that it hadn’t run at a sub 7:45 pace for that long for awhile. I could feel I wasn’t ready to push it so I started to hold back a bit.

I had that Vega gel at mile 8 (that’s always when I have my gel during half marathons) and about gagged.

Seriously, I was excited to take it because it’s plant based and everything, but after being used to the magnificence of GU, it was a bit of a shock. It reminded me of cough syrup, but I do like that the sugar from it was all natural and from dates. I also wish it had a little caffeine though too.

The race course is pretty flat except for the last hill around mile 11-12. It’s a tough one. Everyone always looks like they’re not having fun at that point.

But, then you make that turn at the top to cross this bridge and you’re golden with half a mile to go.



The feeling of crossing the finish line at a race never gets old. Whether you ran your best race or your worst, it a feeling of accomplishment. A feeling of finishing something you set out to do. Love it.


Hopefully crossing that finish line yesterday was just the start to a comeback for me. I feel it in my heart that it is, but if other things are planned and life doesn’t work out that way, well, that’s okay too. I treasured every single step.


I finished in 1:40:02.


Definitely not a PR or anything, but one heck of an amazing experience.


Ha ha. Yeah, no kidding Polar. I haven’t ran that pace for awhile.



Ran into Melissa and Amy again at the finish line.


How cute are they, right?

And, check it out. All of us had Mizuno shoes on.


Three different Elixirs and the new Wave Sayonara. We’ve got good taste.


The little festival area was really crowded,


but we finally met up with Justin who informed us he was “pulling a Kristin” and stocking up on all the free goodies.


I’ve changed my ways, but turns out yesterday everyone was filling up on goods with boxes. Seriously, people were giving boxes away for the finishers to load up. Gotta love that.

We decided to partake in the fun.


Favorite find to bring home to impress my men were these Clif Crunch granola bars.


Have you had these yet? They are fabulous.


The AFC is the last of three local races here in San Diego that make up the Triple Crown.

Both Erin and Justin (who got a new PR) are now Triple Crown Finishers.


They rock!

Insider tip- Don’t wait in line to take a picture by the cool race back drop, just step in at the side and photo bomb. LOL.


Oh, I almost forgot, it’s always fun to race in cute outfits, yes? Check out the cute back of the tank.


A little extra motivation to pass a few people so they can see the cool back. Ha ha.

Mine whole outfit was Lorna Jane, a Handful Bra (which I never leave home without), Halo Visor and hairband, Pro Compression low trainers and obviously Mizuno Elixirs.




And, whelp, there we go.

A wonderful day. A great race. Hopefully just the beginning to something big. Now it’s time to focus on my MCM training plan.


It’s also time to play catch up a bit this week. (Isn’t it always?)

Time to catch up with quality time with these guys,


with you (I owe a lot of you emails, comments, etc.), on sleep, on blog posts (I still need to do a couple more on the IDEA World Fitness Convention and I have some race news, an arm workout and a couple recipes to share) and well, time to catch up on just life.


Happy Monday! Happy first day of school for some of you!

And, just in case you need a little extra Monday motivation, here you go.



Oh, and there’s still time to enter the Halo giveaway here!


Thanks for being on this life journey with me. I treasure every comment left here on the blog and am so thankful for you.


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  1. 1

    Ahhh YAY! So happy for you. 🙂 And I absolutely love your shorts. SO cute!

  2. 2
    Kathy says:

    Congratulations for YOU!!!

  3. 3
    Tess says:

    FANTASTIC!!!!!! you rock!!!!

  4. 4

    Congrats on your run, that is still a great time! Oh and I love my Roo Sport!

  5. 5
    skinnyrunner says:

    congrats on getting back to racing, so happy for you!

  6. 6
    elizabeth says:

    Looks like a great day and sounds like you have new relaxed outlook on your running/racing!
    The Clif crunch white chocolate macadamia are very good, don’t remember if I’ve tried the choc chip.

  7. 7
    Laura says:

    Congrats! That is still a fantastic time that I could only dream of getting!! (For the RW Challenge I’m trying to break 1:45 for the RW Half in October…or a flat 1/2 I am running 2 weeks later. We’ll see….) You did so amazing, and I am sure this is the beginning for some wonderful races ahead!
    I love love love the shoe pic- shoe pics are my favorite. And I really wish Elixir’s were right for me. Love them!

  8. 8
    Tracy says:

    Great Job! I can’t believe a 1:40 isn’t a PR, that’s amazing! I fought tooth and nail for my PR at 1:56, what an inspiration you are! And, your arms are amazing…seriously what’s your secret?!

  9. 9

    I am SO freakin happy and proud of you!!! Welcome back to running and racing, friend! xoxo

  10. 10
    kait says:

    YAY congrats, I’m so excited for you!!!
    PS – love the shirt, and the shoes. keep being a baller 🙂

  11. 11

    Awesome run!!! Vega has a gel?!?!!!! I really want to find a gel that works for me and I have not been able to yet!
    That is an awesome shoe picture 🙂
    Great job

  12. 12
    Janell Sokol says:

    How wonderful for you to be back to running and racing ! Congrats!

  13. 13
    Natalie says:

    I am so happy for you!! You rocked that race!! It’s an amazing feeling coming back from an injury 🙂

  14. 14

    I am so happy for you that you got it done & you are so fun to read!! Love all the fun pics & that top is sooooooooooooooooooooo cute!! Shoes are adorable!!! Do they make wide & stability type shoes – I was not sure – my bad feet. I wear the Hoka for running but maybe for weights. I don’t do anything but the Hoka for my cardio to be safe after my feet issues – wrote about that not too long ago – last week maybe… this old broad can’t remember anything ! 😉

  15. 15
    Tiffany says:

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Your outfit was super cute too! I love running in cute gear, it makes me feel happy.

  16. 16
    Tracy says:

    Wow, I can’t believe a 1:40 isn’t a PR, you are a rockstar! I ran my butt off for my PR at 1:56! And, P.S. How did you get your arms so cut, they are AMAZING!!!

  17. 17

    So happy for you!! And you totally deserve this gift!

  18. 18

    It’s such a gift that you recognize running is a blessing – you’ll always carry that with you from here on out and that’ll only make you a stronger runner!

  19. 19
    Hali says:

    YAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I am sure that crossing that finish line once again was an amazing feeling. Smiling for you!! 🙂

  20. 20
    Krystle says:

    Awesome! Congrats!
    Do you know of any marathons going on from Dec 15-Jan 6?

  21. 21
    Jennifer G says:

    That is amazing- even more so considering you’re just getting back to running with the injury! I’m glad you got to run it. Must have been a great feeling.

  22. 22
    Mari says:

    Wow. Congrats. And super super fast to boot!
    I was cracking up reading about the gel. Ewwww.
    I have never tried gels. What length run do u use them?
    Thanks and congrats!

  23. 23

    I know I’m ridiculously late in reading this (sometimes I “save” posts that I think will be super awesome to read while I’m not multi-tasking, but then I forget about them!). Anyway, wanted to say congratulations on coming back to racing, and on such an awesome run!


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