Had a fun little local race yesterday morning.
The Women’s Running Series San Diego Half Marathon and 5K was yesterday.
I love local races. It’s so nice when you just have to get in the car for a short drive on race morning and then are back home a few hours later.
Speaking of home, this is what went down Friday night.
Ha. A little post dinner squash plate.
Saturday morning I was actually almost ready when my partner in crime, Erin, picked me up nice and early at 5:20 am. Even time for a quick bathroom pic. That’s nice.
The race had an early 6:30 am start time, but we made it there with plenty of time to spare for a change.
While waiting in the port a potty line and we asked this cool girl Calista to take our picture. You know, since our sweatshirts were just so fashionable and all.
It’s always a big decision what shoes and socks to wear. Ha.
It was a pretty calm start. Very easy to just hang out in the corrals and not crowded at all.
I met the cute Kelly who was running the 5K. We took two pictures, one with the sweatshirt
The weather was really nice actually so I ditched the sweatshirt early instead of starting the race with out and ran in my Mizuno tee and those cool Asics gloves.
I started right up with the front of the pack. There weren’t too many up there. It was pretty cool being that close to the pace car in front and all for a bit.
That lasted for just a couple of miles.
The course was beautiful. Pretty flat and fast and most of it was along the harbor down in San Diego by the airport. I wanted to take a few pictures along the way, but I just fumble around too much when I try to do that so it didn’t happen.
My pace was pretty fast for the first half. I stayed at about a 6:54 mile.
However, that skill that I’m really great at, you know, the whole positive split thing, well, I guess I decided to show off that skill yet again. Not by choice of course.
I was one of the top 5 runners for awhile, but I could feel myself slowing down a bit each mile once I hit mile 6 or so. By mile 8 it was a mental game. I was still feeling okay, just not really “in it” anymore and my legs were tired.
I have to say that there were a lot of really cool encouraging signs along the course (as well as the nice scenery).
The best sign I saw was around mile nine and read this:
There’s going to be a day when you can’t do this, TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!
Oh heck yes. I love it. I’m going to say that to myself every day.
I had my GU about mile 9 too. I went with the same new salted watermelon flavor that I ran with in my shirt last week.
It was pretty good stuff.
I had to push through
a little a lot harder than I thought I would have to the last few miles. Darn it. I’m not a huge fan of races where I start out feeling really strong and then lose steam and luckily that doesn’t happen every time, but this was just one of those times.
I still managed to get within 2 minutes of my PR and finish pretty close to the top, even though it really didn’t feel like it at the end.
The finish was the same as the start.
I was very pleased with my new pink sunglasses. They didn’t fog at all and were very comfortable.
(Random side note, I got a couple questions about the glasses. They don’t have a website up at the moment, so you can email email@example.com for information on the glasses.)
Right at the finish I had the pleasure of meeting the super nice Megan. She’s the event manager for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
I also chatted with these lovely ladies, Julie and Amy who both got new PRs. Yep, they’re awesome.
My girl Erin pushed through some knee pain towards the end for a strong finish too.
Oh, and yep, that medal is as cool as it looks.
And yep, there was indeed a “bubbly ticket” attached to the race bib.
Before we got to the bubbly, we made our way past some of the other goodies they had out for us.
GU electrolytes and chomps and Luna bars right at the finish line.
Then they had these Somersaults snack packs
and a Popcorn Indiana truck.
That’s not all.
They had the bubbly tent.
and a freshen up lounge
complete with teeny tiny chap sticks, deodorant, body spray and hair ties.
They even had a cookie café.
I know, right? What an awesome race.
Ace Fitness was there too. I thought that wasa pretty cool as I’m certified through them for group strength training and personal training and it was the first time I’d seen them at a race.
They were giving away free exercise bands.
They also had post race massages and a live band, but I didn’t take pictures of those. Oopsies.
It was one heck of a great race- the organization, the running course, the weather, the location, the positive vibes, the post race party, etc.
It would be the perfect race to run with some girlfriends. Right Erin?
It was one heck of a good morning and I liked the race even better than last year.
I wish we could have stayed and enjoyed the after party a bit more, but I made Erin hustle off since I had to teach boot camp.
Then I made the family drop off some equipment at the park for me and give me a ride home afterwards.
I’m so nice.
At least I had some cookies to share
and a few other goodies.
And, whelp, that’s a wrap on the Women’s Running San Diego Half Marathon and 5K.
Thanks for letting me be a part of an amazing race.
I’m already looking forward to next year!
Have you ever ran a race with champagne and cookies at the end?
Is it a big decision for you too as to what shoes and socks you’re going to wear for a race?
What was one thing about your weekend that was awesome?