Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon 2014 Recap

 

So here we go.

 

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon has a special place in my heart. I always had this plan in my head to really get into running after I had kids. I had run a couple casual half marathons previously and ran through my pregnancy. I remember running this particular half marathon once and seeing kids on the side holding up signs for their mom. When she ran by their joy and excitement was just so amazing to see.

It was then and there that I told myself I wanted that someday.

So, three years ago the Carlsbad Marathon was my very first marathon.

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The boys were just over one year old. I had an awful cold at the time and was still nursing, but I’m stubborn and I still ran it.

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My wonderful college roommates even came down to watch. Aren’t they cute?

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Memories…..

I don’t think anyone really imagined it would be the start of this serious running and racing business.

I ran the Carlsbad Marathon the past two years also and have recaps here on the blog 2012 and 2013. It’s kind of funny to look back and read those.

 

There were a lot of firsts associated with yesterday’s race.

It was the first race of 2014.

It was my first marathon where I felt pretty confident going in since my injury and getting back into running after hip dysplasia treatment. The Marine Corps Marathon with the Runner’s World Challenge was a tough one for me, so it felt good to have a race where I felt good at the start.

It was also the first race that I had a baked purple sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon with some egg whites for breakfast before the race.

Check out that Frieda’s purple goodness.

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Also the first race that I ate a plantain crust pizza (randomly made it up) the night before.

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It actually was pretty good so might need to play with a little recipe a bit.

 

It was not the first race with a little help getting ready in the morning, but it was the first one that my helper was up at 4:30 am with me.

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First time running a full marathon in Mizuno Wave Sayonara shoes and in my new pink Pro Compression socks.

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First time I was actually on time for this race and had a few minutes at the start to get situated.

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First time running the first 10 miles with coffee stains all down my throw away sweat shirt.

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You can’t see them, but they’re there. So classy.

The first race I didn’t take any pictures on the course. I was trying to mentally stay in the race. It’s this new thing I’m trying out.

It was also the first full marathon race where I’ve felt pretty good through the whole race. I usually have this thing where around mile 18 I feel physically ill. It’s more mental I think, but it didn’t happen this race (until mile 25 at least).

 

There’s always moments in a race where you have to fight hard mentally. Doubt sets in, your body is tired, you want to quit and stand with the people on the side who are drinking coffee, you want to slow down, the list goes on and on……..

But that’s when you fight. That’s when you get your head in the game and give it all you’ve got. I thought about all my family and friends who have made sacrifices so I can race and train. My boys and parents who were waiting for me at the finish. All those people who wish they could run, but can’t. For the runners out there who were running their first marathon. For people who read this silly blog. For the brands that I work with and companies that support me. For living life to the fullest and using the gifts I’ve been given. And obviously lots more, including wine and chocolate. Ha.

Racing is hard, so is life. It’s our choice whether we bring it and tackle it head on or not.

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Okay, back to the firsts.

First time Papap actually got a few action shots at the finish line.

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And whelp, what do you know, first time I really felt like crying because I got a new PR and felt pretty darn proud about it.

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First time I didn’t even want one of these because it was too warm.

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First time I wasn’t super excited about the post race goodie bags. Not because they didn’t have some yummy stuff, but my stomach was just not feeling it.

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First time Andrew got out of coming to this marathon. He got to play the work card and Grandma and Papap had the boy duties.

Definitely not the first time some boys were grumpy at the finish.

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Also not the first time Grandma was smart and tried to help the situation with some belVita 

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and I thought giving up my “super hero racing cape” would help.

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Not the first time I brought some Vega recovery accelerator with me.

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The first race where my official results were no where to be found for a bit at the results tent. It’s never a good thing when you don’t see your name up on there where it should be. Good thing I had proof though.

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But while I was waiting to get the situation fixed I met super speedy Carri.

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She ran a 3:15 marathon like it was no biggie. Amazing.

I found Erin who ran the half. She’s a rock star. I’m talking her into doing a full with me someday. Can’t wait.

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The finish area was pretty crowded so we jetted out of there without waiting to see if my results were found.

It was the first time I let Papap order breakfast for me. They got to the Broken Yolk Café while I was just leaving so I told him to order for me.

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He did good.

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Later on my results finally turned up and it was the first time winning my age group.

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Overall I really like this marathon. It’s a smaller race with a fast course that is mostly along the beach with a few rolling hills, good crowds and nice weather. Just a good feeling race to be a part of.

 

I always like the long sleeve tech race shirts they have

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and this year marathon participants got a pair of Cobian flip flops too. Aren’t they cute?

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And……. that’s a wrap.

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Hopefully I’ll still be running this marathon when I’m 70. Now, THAT would be awesome.

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Next up, 37 miles on a treadmill in 11 days. Oh heck yes. Updates coming soon.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Tess says:

    So HAPPY for your new PR. Way to go girl!!! I also want to thank you for your realness and the difficulties that can come. Reaction to the difficulties can make or break you and I appreciate your thoughts on getting through the tougher times. Congratulations!!!!

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    Congrats!! SO happy for you!! More amazing races to come. xoxo

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    carri arrieta says:

    I’m glad we finally got to meet…even if I recognized your too cute son first! Congrats on your win and PR!

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    Erin says:

    Congrats, you totally rocked it! You are such an inspiration, you have such a busy life w/ 2 toddlers, yet you still make it happen! I am a full time working mama to 2 boys myself and am really working toward a BQ marathon in the fall! Reading this PR recap of yours makes me believe I can make it happen-I mean you carried a 7:30 ish pace for 26.2 miles-amazing! I need a 3:40 for BQ and my last year marathon’s time is a 3:54-think I can shave off a bit over 14 min.? Hope so! Anyway, CONGRATS! PR’s feel SO good!

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    Joy says:

    I am so, so happy for you!!! Congratulations on the PR and winning your age category. That is a huge win!

    I’m also happy to hear that you felt so good throughout the race. It gives me hope that someday I’ll be able to run without pain.

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    Congrats on the PR!!! Best feeling in the world to work hard and have it pay off :)

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    Bri says:

    Great recap and congratulations for the PR and winning your age group!

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    You inspire me. Hope I can work my way up to all of this one day :)

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    Michelle Kim says:

    WOO! Awesome recap, and great job on this race.
    Also, what a perfect way to fuel up after the marathon :D

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    elizabeth says:

    It seems like you are in better shape with every passing year, do you feel that way?

    I hope I’m still running at 70 also, but often the body parts do not cooperate, I think stretching and a wider variety of workouts, becomes more important. If I can only walk long distances at 70, I’m fine with that. You already have strong muscles from all the different workouts you do, so I think you will be running past 70!

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    Ashleigh says:

    What a great race and pace! It was a beautiful day. Too bad we didn’t meet, but there will be plenty of other San Diego races we’ll both be at, I’m sure.

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    Nicole says:

    You inspire me daily. Congratulations on your awesome race!!

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    Marcia says:

    Gosh, this post was filled with so many positive things/thoughts (plus race butt kicking – yay PR!), it brought tears to my eyes. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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    Ashley B. says:

    You are my daily inspiration! CONGRATULATIONSS on the PR–you are one amazing mama!

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    Wow! What an awesome race recap! Thank you for sharing! I loved reading every detail of your marathon! Your finish time is AMAZING!! Congrats on the first place AG as well!! I know how hard it is to train with two little ones, so hats off to you on setting this goal and achieving it!! I am determined to BQ someday and your race recap was perfect motivation to get me going! Thank you!!!

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    Apryle says:

    Wow! So cool you won your AG!!! Congrats on a new PR too! It has been down right inspiring to me to read about you coming back so powerfully from your injury. I love the picture of you running full stride toward the finish in this post. Even though you must be hurting and dead tired you look so focused and strong!

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    Awesome awesome job! Great PR! Some races are tougher than we think but pushing through it makes us stronger – GREAT JOB!

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    Dena says:

    I was there cheering on my husband at mile 13/26.1 and saw you (I spotted the ProCompression socks!). I shouted “STUFT Mama” with all of my might but you were pure focus. Congrats on a great run and the PR! Enjoy the moment!

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    Congrats on the amazing time!! And winning your AG! So awesome! I ran my first marathon this weekend and now I can really relate to all the wonderful feelings and emotions runners go through, it was really a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for fighting for us first timers! :)

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    Kristin says:

    I may or may not have gotten a little teary!!! Way to go mama!!!

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    Kim says:

    So many firsts!!! Way to go – you totally killed that race – and 12th female overall?! You rock!!
    I’m excited about the STUFT 60 coming up!!!

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    Clare says:

    I ran my first marathon yesterday and once I crossed the finish I told myself I was never doing it again. But you inspired me to sign up for another today. Congrats on the PR!

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    It’s always a great day when you run a PR – CONGRATS on the amazing time! This sounds like a really fun marathon and I might have to try it next year, its really close to where I live and its always nice to not have to travel far for a race! :)

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    Jennifer mykytiuk says:

    Way to go! A new PR! You are awesome! I got to start the Tinkerbell half in Corral A yesterday! A first for me! I thought, this must be how Kristin and all the fast people feel! It was so awesome to be with All the fast people even though this was the one time I knew I couldn’t keep up. Hope I make it make to corral A after baby is born.

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    Laura says:

    A-mazing! Way to go, friend!! Love those pro compression socks. Those are the ones I wore at the RW half. (although you were with me when I bought them, so I guess you knew that! hah) Congrats on a marathon PR. Boo to the headache though. They are the worst. Hope you are recovering well today!

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    Laura P says:

    Wow, congratulations!!! You are a rock star!!! I may have to check out this race someday, looks like a good one. Those flip-flops are so cute!

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    Ali says:

    Congrats, Kristin! That’s an amazing accomplishment! :)

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    MILF Runner says:

    Nice! AG win and a PR! That’s gotta feel great :)

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    Karen Atwood says:

    Congrats on your PR! You are amazing! Love your blog!! You are such an inspiration!!

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    Sarah says:

    You have gained so much muscle definition since your first full!! What do you think is the number one thing that has helped you get so lean?

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    VIKKI MORGAN says:

    I am so proud and Happy for you!!!! You go number 1 !!!!! you did a SUPERFANTASTIC JOB!

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    Wow, that’s a finish time you can be proud of earning! Such a pretty race shirt!

  33. 33

    Incredible time, congratulations! Wow, did the race really start at 6:16 AM? That is early.

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    Amanda says:

    Congrats on the new PR and the 1st place finish!! Woo Hoo!!

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    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can I say that I love all of it & how great you look no matter what with that smile & all but what I really love is the boys & family always there to support & be with you!!! :)

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    Bonnie says:

    WOW! What a huge accomplishment and thanks for sharing such a meaningful story! Lots of love to you and what a great marathon recap! WELL DONE!

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    sarah says:

    Well, I can’t not comment on this!!
    You’ve truly done yourself, your beautiful family, & all your friends really, really proud.
    And I’m sure you’re probably bored of hearing this by now … but you are a huge INSPIRATION and look seriously GORGEOUS in your pics.

    Once again you’ve proven just how much of an awesome & talented athlete you are :D .
    Xxx

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Oooooohhhh Sarah, you are too kind. Thank you thank you for leaving such a nice comment. I’ve had the email saved all week so when I’m feeling grumpy I reread this. Seriously. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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    sarah says:

    Hmm that’s a little rude…Kristen had basically just given birth. To TWINS.
    Obviously her body would’ve been a little different then.

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    lindsay says:

    so proud of you mama! hope you enjoy some good R&R now!

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    Bridget says:

    wow, I ‘m tired just reading this, Amazing Race! Good job also with the responsibility chart – it looks really cool- there will be good days and bad with those rascals.Highs and lows, every day, for the rest of your life, ask any mom – it’s normal!

  41. 41

    WOAH SPEEDY MAMA! Congrats!!

  42. 42

    I really can’t say enough how amazing and inspirational you are. Congratulations!

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