This was my 8th time running America’s Finest City Half Marathon (also known as the AFC Half). It was actually the first half marathon I ever ran back in 2006 and the most I’d run at one time before that race was 8 miles. Funny stuff. I got 2:06:38.
It was a hot one today out there. We even had some heat advisory emails going out last night so I knew it would be and I was really nervous for this race for some reason. I think it was a mix of being worried about the heat, the fact that I hadn’t raced in a very long time and had no idea what kind of time to expect and knowing that I’m still and might never be back to my speedy days. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a race. I can’t hide a lot even though I try so we all know I lost my mojo a bit and have been trying to find it for awhile.
Today was a good one though.
My pre race meal was two gluten free nutritional yeast and coconut oil sandwiches and a chicken salad.
I set out my race outfit the night before like the experts tell you to.
The 4:15 am alarm came way too quickly, but I better get used to it because it’s seriously back to the grind tomorrow. I’m still in shock and blocking it out until it actually happens. Ha.
Breakfast was egg whites and Love Grown Foods Super Oats with coconut oil and coffee. I had a GU at mile 8 on the course too and Vega Sport recovery accelerator immediately afterwards once I got to my car.
As far as the actual race goes, the buses shuttle you out to the start at Cabrillo National Monument since it’s a point to point course. The ride was beautiful as usual.
We got to the start with 30 minutes to spare so plenty of time for a few pics and to hit up the port a potties. My friend Erin was kept me company as usual. We pretty much only get time to hang out and catch up at races. It’s pretty funny.
I took this exact same picture and wore the same shoes at this race last year. (The recap is here.)
We met local Emmy who is adorable. I love meeting new people at races. It seriously makes my day.
After the National Anthem they walked us towards the starting line and we were off. I’ve gotten into the habit of putting my phone in airplane mode for races so I can just focus on the race and listen to my playlist without worrying about the battery running out or anything. So that’s what I did and I didn’t even take any pictures. I just really wanted to feel and be in the moment for this race. That’s exactly what happened.
I didn’t look at my GPS once because I didn’t want to know. I had no clue what pace I was running, but knew it was freaking toasty to tried to keep it comfortable.
I smiled the entire time because it was darn fun and it’s been awhile since running has been fun. I even smiled my way up the big hill at mile 12 which was weird. I think it was because I knew I was almost done though.
It may have had something to do with my new playlist. Here it is just in case you need to smile for 13.1 miles too.
Sorry, here’s three pictures, but at least you can see all my songs.
There’s a nice downhill finish so I tried to pick up the pace at the end only to get passed by some speedy lady in rocking her sports bra.
It was all good though. I finally looked at my Polar and it said the time was around 1:41. IT also said my distance was 13.3 though. Something was off.
As always the medal did not disappoint.
It’s not an actual finish until you ask a stranger to take your picture, right?
And then another stranger just in case the first picture doesn’t come out.
They had goodeis bags at the end this year and that was the first time they had that.
The walk to the finish festival was a sweaty one.
I didn’t stay at the festival long since I was in a rush to get home to get the boys. I wish I could’ve hung out since I missed a couple of friends running it, but I grabbed some snacks for all my men at home because I know better than to come home from a race empty handed.
I got to my car just as someone wanted my spot.
This race was a good one and I’m super happy. I’m considering it a PR in my book. Not by time, but by how I feel and how life is at the moment. Does that make sense? I have a lot ahead in my journey that I’m on, but this is a pretty great start and a big step in the right direction.
Here are my results.
Oh and I got the royal treatment once I got home for our afternoon movie time.Judah set up a special spot for me to sit.
I’m not sure if he was just being nice or if he was super excited about the goods I brought home for him. Ha.
And that’s a wrap. Not too much in the books for the next little bit since we’re focusing on getting back in to the school thing. I have a feeling we’ll be in survival mode for awhile.
But this was one heck of a way to officially end the summer. It’s sure been a good one.
The AFC Half will always hold a special place in my heart for being my first half marathon and the first one back after my my first hip dysplasia incident. I love this race and if you’re ever in San Diego in August I really think you should do it. Maybe I can convince the hubs to do it next year. Ha ha.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Never stop dreaming and never give up friends!