I have mixed feelings about today’s race.
Physically I feel great right now besides having a bit of a headache and being slightly dehydrated. Mentally I’m not quite sure though. Ha.
I was nervous going into this race because I knew it was going to be a hot one. I’ve had some issues lately with dehydration, heat and soggy shoes and such. I’m not really ready to explain it all on the blog, but my plan today was just play if safe, to go easy and stay feeling good. I didn’t have any time goals, just to take it easy and be careful with hydration, etc.
That’s exactly how things went. I was comfortable the whole time. I didn’t really push things, which was the plan, and I didn’t have any issues along the way. In hindsight I felt better than I should have the last few miles, which makes me feel like I should have gone a little faster, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry and I’m sticking with being conservative for the time being.
I’ll recap the race for you though so you can all come run it with me next year since it’s a really fun one, okay?
The America’s Finest City Half Marathon was actually the very first half marathon I ever did in 2006. My time was 2:06:38 with a 9:39 pace. Before that race the furthest I’d ever run was 8 miles. Pretty funny.
My other recaps of this particular race are here (just click on the year):
So let’s see. I was cutting it close to make it to the shuttle on time which was really no surprise. I probably would’ve been a little bit better off if I hadn’t decided to take my nail polish off just as I was about to leave the house. Oh and if I hadn’t forgotten my race bib in the car when I first got in the shuttle line.
At least I got a little extra warm up jog in and made it just in time.
I won’t complain about that.
I also won’t complain that I was then the first person in line for the last shuttle.
Here’s a quick little view of the shuttle ride.
Here’s what went down while I was on the shuttle. A whole wheat Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Roll with some peanut free NuttZo.
By the time we got to the start at Cabrillo National Monument I had my breakfast and had my bib pinned on. It was perfect.
With 15 minutes until the start time I was in line for the port a potty. I wasn’t alone.
They go well together, yes?
I knew it was going to be hot so there was no way I was running in marathon socks. I haven’t been handling the heat very well and purposely wore the lightest, most heat friendly outfit I could.
There’s never a really huge announcement at this race to walk to the start line, but we all started heading that way when it was getting close to 7:00 am.
I didn’t take any pictures along the course. My mind wandered a lot and I had to fight off some darn negative thoughts right off the bat.
The race course though is a great one.
It starts off at Cabrillo National Monument with a beautiful view of both San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It’s pretty flat and fast for awhile into downtown San Diego. Then it takes you along the San Diego Bay and Harbor Island and although there isn’t any shade during most of that part, it’s scenic and flat.
There is a turn through the airport rental car return that always makes me giggle. It’s not my favorite part, but it’s really short and you exit out along the Embarcadero to all the hips and The Star of India. The last few miles wind through downtown San Diego and then at about mile 11 or so, you turn left and start to climb. That hill is a bit rough, especially when it’s hot out like it was today. It’s not a steep hill, it’s just long. Once you get to the top though, you turn right and you’re pretty much home free. There’s one last right turn and a really nice slight downhill to the finish line in Balboa Park in front of the Hall of Champions.
I didn’t take any pictures today, but I do have some pictures of the course in my recap from last year.
I also didn’t look at my GPS the entire time. I didn’t want it messing with my head. My goal was to come close to holding MP (marathon pace) if I could and treat it like a long tempo training run. More so than keeping a certain pace though, I just wanted to not have any cramping issues or anything.
When I finally looked down after I crossed the finish line I saw this.
That’s kind of fun. Too bad it doesn’t keep track of all my treadmill miles on there. Ha.
I decided to not even check my actual time. I figured it didn’t matter so I took some pictures instead.
Oh hey, what’s going on there with your arm sweaty lady?
Aren’t you supposed to get a medal or something when you cross the finish line?
Oh, there it is.
Pretty cool looking medal, huh?
I do have to say that after that ultra trail Stairway to Heaven half marathon last weekend, that this half marathon really went by rather quickly. It was over fast.
I had a GU and a chia shot in my Handful Bra at the beginning of the race. At mile 8 the GU went down, but that chia shot stayed put the entire time. It made a cool little rattling noise throughout the race. I guess I didn’t even need my music. Ha. I love keeping things in sports bra. It’s just so handy. Oh and I wore my pink Halo Hat on purpose not only to match, but because I’d worn it a couple times previous for this particular race. It was like tradition.
I also made sure to wear my new pink shades I picked up at the expo. My favorite racing and running sunglasses. Not only are they cheap ($20), but they’re super light and they never fog up on me like my other expensive ones.
(You can email Kathy at Oculus Eyewear if you want some fun racing glasses. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I was gifted these sunglasses, but I’ve bought other pairs from them before because they’re my favorite for running and racing.)
Oh and not sure if this happens to anyone else, but after I finish a race and walk around a bit I usually get a little sweat in one eye. Not both, just one and only after the race is over. Dang does it sting though.
There’s a bit of a walk from the finish to the festival area. I made my way over there pretty quickly.
It wasn’t too crowded yet as a lot of people were still finishing.
It was darn hot out and I had driven by myself down there so I made my rounds around the festival rather quickly.
The first stop was here obviously.
Right? Have you ever seen Nothing Bundt Cakes at a race before? It was a first for me.
I also got a few Larabars. Love these things and love the small snack size they have at events.
The new Uber bars are really good if you haven’t tried them yet.
So good, in fact, I had to do a quick Uber pic.
My last stop was to try to win some free rice.
I scored a mini pack. That was good enough for me.
I took another quick look around in the heat, looked at the time and decided if I stick around in the sun to see everyone I’s be stuck getting out of the parking lot for over an hour. That’s happened more than once there., In the race’s defense, they do have a very specific warning NOT to park in the lot that I park in because getting out after the event is difficult. Obviously I listen well.
I made a quick decision to head out and take my soggy sweaty mess home.
It was one of the best decisions I’d made in awhile.
Wouldn’t you know they were having cake there too.
Who taught this guy how to eat cake? There is something called a fork you know.
Later on I got a special invite for a VIP movie experience.
My men even had VIP seating all set up. Let me tell you, that boogie board did wonders for post race legs and glutes.
Oh and this leftover pizza during our matinée was darn delicious.
Thank you to the best hubby and sister-in-laws ever for surprising me with this high maintenance order. I’m so spoiled.
It’s been a good day.
Oh, I almost forgot, my official time for the 2014 America’s Finest City Half Marathon was 1:39:50 (7:37 per mile). Far from my PR, but I feel pretty darn good at the moment, so that’s a win.
I’m focusing on a few other priorities at the moment and just darn blessed and lucky for the role running plays in my life.
Hope you had a great weekend!
Did anyone else race this weekend?
Is school starting where you are yet?