I’m currently in route to Atlanta for the Peachtree Road Race. I figured since it’s been over a month so it’s probably time to get a recap written about my last race, yes? I’ve been so out of race mode lately that I haven’t even thought about it. Currently I’m just trying to build back my fitness and endurance and get the miles in when I can between Pre-K workbook sessions with the boys, lizard catching, park hopping, teaching classes and cleaning out closets. There’s a lot more on our summer list, but I won’t bore you. Judah is on the search for the best snow cones though so if you have a place we need to go, let me know.
So I had registered for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon way before I went into the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge and the OC Marathon. I figured I’d be all recovered and ready to race another marathon distance after those three back to back. Funny, right? Some people can pull it off, in fact my friend Pam did and she’s a rock star. I am not one of those people.
The night before I was leaning towards switching to the half, but still preparing mentally for the full since I had nothing really coming up afterwards. I thought I could try to be hero. I had a huge quinoa bowl with chicken and veggies and a cheese less gluten free sandwich.
I had my usual Mizuno shoes and outfit all laid out with a couple different sock options because I couldn’t decide.
The whole outfit changed when I woke up the next day and just wasn’t feeling it though. Have you ever done that? Put out a whole outfit and then changed your mind at the last minute? It actually happens a lot around here. I’m the worst decision maker ever.
We got the VIP treatment again this year. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series doesn’t mess around with their VIP.
I still brought my own pre race breakfast though since I had had the exact same one for my back to back marathons. Love Grown Foods Super Oats and Powerfuel NuttZo are the perfect combination. Add a banana that has a slight green tip to the mix and your golden.
Then the really cool kids showed up and might I say one of them had a rather large head.
Too funny, right? I couldn’t stop laughing at that Meb head. Wait, that’s not true, I stopped laughing long enough to ask to jump in for a picture.
I chatted with Deena Kastor a bit too and told her for the billionth time how awesome she is and how much she inspires me.
It was right after that when it was time for all the marathoners to head to corrals since they had an earlier start time. It was also right about then that I made the best decision on my life to not try to be a hero and run the half instead of the full.
I texted Mom right away and told her I was going to be done about two hours earlier than I had originally told her. I’m pretty sure it was one of the best texts she’s gotten from me. Ha. Kidding.
Then Brian showed up at the lasts minute. I think he just wanted to take advantage of the short private port a potty line.
On the way to the corrals I bumped into a few more fun running friends. Most of them were at our little Pro Compression shake out run the morning before.
Seriously, such a fun group of people.
I was all smiles at the start of the race. I was so happy I had decided to only run the half.
I started out at a faster pace than I’d been running. There’s a huge difference between running a marathon and trying to conserve your energy and running a half and trying to convince yourself to go a little harder. At mile one I was really happy about the whole half decision. I felt good and just wanted to run.
I had heard that the half course was a really good one and holy smokes it was. There were very few hills and you still got to run all around downtown San Diego. It didn’t take you by the coast at all, but through a lot of old historic neighborhoods. I really loved everything about it. I wasn’t paying too much attention to my pace, but just trying to push myself a little harder than I had been. We all know I’m getting slower by the day, but I wanted to see if I could push it a little and go a little faster. I wanted to see if I still had that fight in me.
Last year I placed 3rd in my age group for the full marathon with a 3:20. Times have changed. This year it wasn’t quite the same at all, but I gave it all I had given the circumstances and I was really happy.
Sure, just a couple of years ago I got my half marathon PR with a 1:30 and even beat the time I got this year just a few weeks later while pushing the boys in a double stroller, but life is different. There’s been a lot of ups and downs this year and I’m slowly learning to just take it a bit easier and not be so hard on myself. I’m grateful for the fact that I can still run pain free and I’m learning to enjoy all the other little things life has to offer.
This race felt like a game changer. It gave me hope that there’s more to come, but I’m not in a hurry. When the time is right, the time is right and I’ll be ready to fight.
I’m not totally sure what was going on here with the black stripes down my legs. I’m guess it was from my soaked shorts. Lovely though, yes?
I met up with the family as soon as I could. I get so darn excited to see them at the end of every race. I really think it’s my favorite part. Theirs too obviously.
Ha ha ha.
I promised the boys some yummy breakfast afterwards so we hightailed it to the VIP. The only stop was for my gear and to chat with Deena really quick just one more time.
The boys are big on the Rock ‘n’ Roll VIP hospitality suite. They really love this one since it’s inside Petco Park.
Once inside we went for the egg and omelet station and filled up a couple plates.
Then enjoyed our eggs with a view and a couple of Suja juices.
We were on our way out (we kind of did the dine and dash thing since Mom and Carol were waiting for us) and happen to run into Meb. He looked so different without such a big head. Ha ha ha.
The boys recognized him right away though. I’ve met him a few times and talked with him quite a bit at his Boston Marathon viewing party last year. He is the nicest guy ever. He just chatted with us and asked the boys all these questions. He’s definitely a family man.
He didn’t even seem to mind Judah getting all up close and personal with the arm on the leg thing.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon was my third full marathon back in 2012 and the first time I qualified for Boston. It definitely holds a special place in my heart. I’ll be back next year. I have no idea if I’ll be running the full or the half or walking right along side Harriett (The 92 year old who finished the marathon), but I’ll be back and I’ll be smiling from ear to ear.
My fastest days are definitely behind me, but I have so many more days ahead of me to just appreciate all the small things. I have so many days to still give it all I’ve got and do everything I can to get the best out of myself.
We all have so many of those days left. Maybe it’s not running, but whatever it is do what you need to do to get the best out of yourself.