Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon Recap

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chainsaw carved bench Okay friends, it’s Sunday night before the last week of school and holy smokes do we have a week ahead of us. Summer countdown is in full effect.

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nigri lollipop chainsaw Obviously since this weekend was about as hectic as it could be, it was also the weekend of Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon.

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I was on my own this weekend as the boys and Andrew went up north for our nephew’s graduation.  It was a littel weird going to the expo my myself since the boys love it. Although is was much less eventful, I was in and out of there in less than 30 minutes which I’m fairly certain was a first.

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IT may have been the first time I ever sported a skirt too. Ha.

I made two stops- one at the Halo Headband booth which was mighty crowded.

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The other stop was at the Powerbar booth to pick up a little VIP package. Woo hoo.

I haven’t been in the racing mindset and I was instructed to NOT race today, but to just run. I was even given permission to go slow and take pictures. I should have asked Coach Jason what his thoughts were on stopping for those mimosas along the way. Ha ha.

I did what all the experts tell you though and set out my racing outfit the night before.

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Mizuno Wave Catalyst shoes, Mizuno rank and shorts, Auria belt, Plantronics headphones (that I forgot at home), Halo hat (in the new navy blue color), Handful Bra, Polar V800, Pro Compression socks, Active Pacific sunglasses.

 

Anyhoo….

 

I messed up and got lost this morning even though I’ve run this race 3 times and have had the same VIP parking twice before. I didn’t make it in time before they closed off some streets so I found a random parking spot about a mile from the start line (which was better than being dropped off two miles from the start in case you saw this instagram post). I made it with just enough time to find my friends Pam and Erin and chug half a cup of coffee and et some Love Grown Foods Super Oats with NuttZo and a banana.

The only picture I took in the VIP area was of this nice girl walking around with hard boiled eggs and spinach.

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They don’t mess around. Ha ha. Pam also got this selfie of us in the bathroom line.

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We made sure not to miss out on the Pro Compression photo shoot though.

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These two ladies, Smitha and Katie, are THE BEST.

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I also had to make sure to get picture with this girl for Judah.

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And my sweet friend Erin. We live 10 minutes from each other, but only hang out like 3 times a year at races. It’s so silly.

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Oh and I also just happen to run into my Mizuno twin. Pretty funny stuff.

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So let’s talk about the race.

I knew I wasn’t feeling too great before the race even started and wasn’t too excited to run 13.1 miles. There are some races where I’m really excited and this was NOT one of them.

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It felt like more effort than it should have right from the start. Thank goodness I wasn’t going for a certain time and that I didn’t pay attention to pace because I would have gotten and ran with Erin and chatted for the first mile.  I also had to tag along with the We Run Social Crew for just a bit.

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Yes, my running selfie skills need A LOT of work.

Thank goodness I found Chiara (we met in Boston) at mile 5 or so. We ran together from then on. We caught up with Pam (who was planning on running the full at the start) just in time for her to decide to turn left and just do the half marathon with us. From then on the three of us ran together and talked running, racing, mom stuff, kid stuff and how getting older is for the birds, and makes recovery that much longer.

We were so darn happy to find that finish line.

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Tihs guy’s back though….

It’s just a bonus for all of you. Ha ha.

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We had all said at about mile 10 if someone told us we could just stop we would. None of us felt like running and were so grateful we were just doing the half and not the full.

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I do have to say that I really love the half marathon course so much better than the full marathon one.

They changed the course this year though and instead of finishing at Petco Park downtown it was at Waterfront Park. The finish was a nice coast down the hill.

There were a couple hills along the way on the course, but nothing too crazy. Just enough to not want any more after about mile 11. Ha.

It was a really nice set up for the festival at the finish and I hope they do it again this way next year. It would have been so much fun to hang out for the after party with the family.

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We didn’t hang out too long after the race. I’m bummed I didn’t stay jlonger to hang out in the VIP area since Meb and his family was in there and I’m sure Shalane and Amy (they got PRs and placed 1st and 2nd in the half today- they are amazing) were there too, but I knew I had a long walk back to my car and that getting home would take awhile. I had way too much life stuff to get to today before the crazy week starts tomorrow.

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As much as I wasn’t loving my 2 mile hike uphill back to my car, I did see some cool stuff and got a little chance to practice stair climbing for the towerthon coming up. Ha ha.

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It was a good day. Tougher than I had anticipated, but so fun to see everyone out there.

I have no races planned for awhile and this week is a super easy training week with short, easy runs only and thank goodness because I’m in survival mode until Friday. Ha.

The plans for the next few months are to just focus on lower mileage, quality training and rebuilding. We’re making the hard days harder and the easier days way easier. It’s still going to take me some time to get used to it. Ha ha.

I have a whole post planned with fun snacks I’ve been loving lately and the doTERRA oils I’m currently obsessed with, but this stuff is AMAZING.

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I used to use Biofreeze all the time that I bought off Amazon, but this is so much better. doTERRA Deep Blue Rub (information page here)- it’s a must have in my opinion. If you need this in your life email me (kristin@stuftfitness.com). You’re muscles will thank you. He he.

Time to sign off for the night and get my Monday morning pep talk ready. Ha.

Here are a couple final thoughts on today’s race.

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It didn’t go as planned, but that just shows me how much harder I have to work in the next few months. I’m okay with that and I’m okay with finally listening to a coach who knows his stuff.

I beat my expected finish time today (only because I had originally signed up for the marathon and put 3:30 as my expected finish time) and I had a negative split which is the first one ever in about 4 years.

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It still confuses me how I could easily run 1:32 half marathons about 4 years ago. What the heck? Maybe it was all about running hills with that double stroller. Hmmmmmm……

Have a wonderful week friends. If I’m doing thing right I’ll be MIA until I survive (except on instagram because I just can’t stay away from there).

 

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  1. 1
    Aubrey says:

    Looks super fun~ :)

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    Kathy says:

    What amazes me even more is that YOU are in GREAT SHAPE!!!! I, on the other hand am not, so when some peeps from my Y got a team together to bike with Tour de Cure ~ Amer. Diabetes Assoc. I thought I had to sign up to motivate me to start working out again.

    It worked and I felt good during most bike rides (except when that darn wind blew…ugh!)

    However, after the ride was over ~ my friend and I ended up scaling back our mileage from the 46 to 31 mile route ~ we said how our bodies are feeling older. It’s just not the same as it was even 3 years ago (or 6 months ago). I am 47 now. And there are a ton of 47 year olds and older who are kicking ass **oops** but some of us just slow down.

    Crazy aging thing, genetic thing, hormonal thing, and nutrition thing….lots of “things” taking a hit around here but I guess we just keep cycling on…or running whatever. ha! ;-)

    Those socks are adorable too!!

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    Congrats! We saw the people finishing the full on our way home from playing ball and I had NO idea how they were doing it in that heat and humidity.

    So that bridge you were walking across? I used to live on the other side of it! We moved down the street last month. :)

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