Some races I’m really mentally in the game and get nervous a few days before. I get that feeling that it’s going to be a good race and I really want to go for it. Others just kind of sneak up on me and I wait until the last minute to decided if I’m going to run. This was one of those latter ones. I had the bib the Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego for awhile, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after last week’s STUFT 60 Challenge treadmill run, so I kind of just put it on the back burner.
Friday around noon I finally decided I was going to run. I figured I wanted to do a run about that length this weekend so heck, why not be a “mermaid” while I do it. Ha.
I threw together a racing outfit.
I wanted to wear my blue Handful bra I just got (yeah, they just came out with this new color and it’s so cute),
but couldn’t find an outfit to match, so went with the white bra and some purple and pinks instead.
Since I neglected to tell STUFT Daddy my plans to race until the last minute also, I thought the news would be taken better if it was presented with some taco pie. (One of the first recipes I ever posted on here. Not gluten free or paleo, but it definitely impresses my man.)
Not sure if my plan worked, but I got the okay and was up at 4:45 am the next morning to get ready.
I roped my friend Erin into racing with me at the last minute too. Yeah, I’m pretty nice like that and it’s always fun to go to races with other people right?
Parking was easy even for us who got there about 15 minutes before we were supposed to start and still had to pick up our bibs.
We had a bit of a long jog to the start though. At least it was a beautiful morning.
We decided to hit up the long port a potty line before we started the race.
Unfortunately we were still in line when the half marathon actually started. Nice. We really have our act together sometimes.
I had been feeling pretty sick all morning. It was just one of those “off” days. I’m sure my massive amount of cassava “fries” and guacamole the night before didn’t help the situation. Ha.
Poor Erin had to deal with me telling her how I didn’t feel well the whole drive down. I knew it was not going to be my finest race day and told myself I was just going to treat it like a training run, so I wasn’t too concerned that we weren’t right up there at the start.
We finally got to the start when they were having the 10K runners line up. Oops. (The Mermaid Race series has a 5K, 10K and a half marathon. All with different start times.)
I just wasn’t mentally in it from the beginning. It was a nice course. The scenery was beautiful along Mission Bay and it was fun seeing all the other runners and walkers out there. There were quite a few ladies (and one guy) in tutus. I didn’t get the memo that racing mermaids were supposed to wear tutus. I’ll have to remember that next time. There were also a lot of people just casually walking and talking and taking the 10K and 5K easy. It was a very good race for first timers.
Let’s see, as far as my race was concerned, by mile 2 I wanted to quit. Wait, no, by mile 1 I wanted to quit, by mile 2 I really wanted to. I just wasn’t in it mentally or physically. I wasn’t feeling good and I was already thirsty. Not the ideal situation, but I just kept going. Thank goodness for music. My pace was slower than normal, but I was not about to attempt to go any faster.
I wore different sunglasses than usual when I race. They were pretty much fogged up the entire time. It was rather annoying. I won’t be doing that again. I have to stick with my cheap running glasses from now on.
I’ve ran the course before on some of my long training runs, so it was all familiar. Since it was an out and back course, by mile 9 I saw the girl who was in first place for the half and I realized she wasn’t that far ahead of me. I still wasn’t feeling good, but at that point I decided heck, there was only a couple miles left and a few people in front of me so I could pick it up for a bit. I had a Vega gel and tried to just keep up my pace.
I made one wrong turn right about mile 11 and had to stop and ask someone if I was going the right way. She said “no”, That wasn’t fun so I had to lap back around a bit.
But, crossing that finish line was more than lovely.
Oh man, were there a lot of doubts the first half of the race, but funny how your body just gets the job done when it needs to. I really feel like you can always do more than you think you can. It’s always a mental game.
Afterwards I ran into the cute Bobbi
then got to cheer on my girl Erin for a new PR.
“Oh hey lady, did you just rock that race and get a PR?”
“Why yes, yes I did.”
“Awesome. Let’s take some pictures to celebrate.”
The post race festivities were relatively small, but they had some fun goodies for us.
I definitely scored some muffins for the boys for a special treat.
They also had Luna bars
and as usual the Naked Juice line was the longest and we were too impatient to wait in it.
We checked results and I found out I placed 1st in my age group and third overall with a time of 1:33:37.
So we waited around for the awards.
Obviously we took some more pictures to pass the time.
I always love meeting readers face to face. Not sure the feeling is mutual, but it makes my day. Ha.
Erin is a gem and waited with me for a very long time until they got to the half marathon awards. Then she even graciously took pictures.
3rd place out of 594.
The top three overall finishers.
We got a plaque, a box of Luna bars and a gift card for a free registration for next year’s race.
For the first place age group award I got a cute hat and a $10 discount for next year’s race.
Andrew’s still waiting for me to bring home some actual cash one of these days. Not sure if that will ever happen, but I’ll try. Ha.
I had to take a picture of this cool dragon kite for the boys. Too bad you can’t see just how cool it was.
Not sure if the boys really cared anyway, they were doing their own thing helping Daddy and letting Turk borrow their shades.
Erin and I made a special Starbucks stop to celebrate her new PR.
Just my opinion, but all PRs should be celebrated with Starbucks.
Actually, let’s just say all races, PR or not should be followed with a Starbucks. Ha.
So, this race was a fun one. I would definitely do it again and recommend it as a good casual race to run. It was very low key and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The shirt you got with your registration is really cute too
and every finisher got this “Run Beautiful” necklace instead of a medal.
It ended up being a pretty good day.
It was definitely one where I had to find the strength mentally to just get through it.Being physically ill before and during a race is really not the best situation. But you know, I think having races that are hard and make you have to fight for it are the ones that build character and the ones that really make you stronger.
It’s all part of the roller coaster journey of racing and well, of life.
I’ll be sporting my necklace proudly.
I hope you’re having a great weekend. See you soon with a few giveaways this week. Yay!
Oh and I’ll leave you with this really funny article form my friend Mark Remy I saw the other day. This guy is hilarious.
Have you ever run a Mermaid Series race?
Have you ever had to really fight through a race to finish?
Would you rather have a finisher’s medal or a necklace?