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Surf City Marathon Review ~ Part 2 ~ RACE DAY!

16 Feb

Ok, so it’s finally time to write out about the “big” day.

Set our alarms for nice and early wake up call of 5:30. I was really a bit nervous the night before that I wouldn’t sleep well (last half mary I kept waking up thinking I had missed it…) but this time I slept great! Heather and I had planned on taking the 6:15 bus to the start, but that didn’t happen… lol! We ended up out the door and on the bus by 6:45. It was cold (I know… I know… it’s So Cal~ it can’t be that cold…) so we grabbed a jacket to check at the start/finish line. I also thought it would be a good idea to grab hand warmers~ you know those bags that you shake up and the get warm? I had bought My Man a bunch for his stocking this Christmas so I grabbed a set. Kept us a bit warmer =)

Heather and I "skirted" up and ready to go!


Bus dropped us off right near the start. It was getting close to start time, so we headed over to check a bag (went very smoothly!) and picked up some safety pins~ there weren’t any in the bag…we missed them on the table… (again, bad expo…)

Got our place in line and got ready to start! I was pumped. Ready to go get my goal.

Starting Out

OH! One thing I forgot to mention~ I left my Auria Exceed Earphones at home~ I love these things and was SO bummed I left them. I heard they were going to be at the expo, searched hi and low for them, and couldn’t find them anywhere. So I ended up with a crummy pair from Target~ and I fought with them the entire time… something I’ll double-check next race!

Yesterday I mentioned how Dane Rauschenberg recommended a 9:15 pace for the first 5k, but after we crossed the timing mat, everyone took off! I kept looking down at my (borrowed) Garmin and realized I was going way to fast, and I needed to slow down! Times around 8:07 at some glances~ but I kept slowing down and probably kept it at 8:45-9:15 (sorry Dane, next time I’ll really try harder!!)

The race was an pretty straight shot~ with a slight detour through a neighborhood and then on to Bolsa Chica wetlands. I felt great through all of this~ I kept looking at the Garmin and finally had to tell myself  NO MORE peeking till you get to the turn around point (8 miles) BUT~ that didn’t happen. The Garmin definitely helped keep me at my pace. I was amazed in the last 4 miles how at times I felt like I was doing great and would look down to see my pace was dropping.

As I had mentioned earlier, one of the things that BUGGED me the absolute most about the race was there were NO clocks out on the course. At about the 10 mile mark a lady was asking everyone, what time is it?  Felt bad for her! I know had I not worn the Garmin I’d have been completely lost! Not sure if this is normal for Surf City (or for races in general) but it’s nice to see the time as you run past mile markers.

After hitting the 11 mile marker, I hit my mental breaking point. I kept having this mental argument with myself: “Come On, let’s just walk” “NO!” “UGH Just One Minute! It won’t hurt ya” “HECK NO! We are not walking! We’ve run 11 miles so far and not stopping now” This mental argument went on for the last couple miles of the race and got quite annoying! I did stop at one of the last water stops and as soon as I stopped I realized it was a bad decision. Hurt worse to stop running!

At one of my “breaking” points when I was just done, I saw the Running Skirts paparazzi, Jamie~ and I knew I couldn’t walk in front of him. He’s on a set of roller blades, and was skating next to me to shoot me for the video. This gave me a bit of an extra “umph” to keep going too =) I’m in their video a few times (this is always a running skirt perk at any race they run~ great photos!)

A few minutes after getting “shot” I again felt done, but who’s off to the side cheering? None other than my coach from TNT~ Dustin. Chatted with him for a sec and of course, couldn’t stop after that either!

I'm going to get a PR! Woot!

I was in for the final stretch. Looked at my watch and realized I was really going to make my time! Saw the finish line up ahead and pushed it. Here’s where I think Dane’s advice helped. At LA R&R I had NOTHING left at the last .5/mile. Here I had it in me to really push it and gun it in. And I did!

I finished at 1:58:46 official time!

They funneled us through and passed everyone a bag full of post race goodies~ really organized and helped keep people moving through. With as unorganized as the day before was, I was surprised with how well-organized Race Day was. It was a well stocked race~ water and Vitalyte all over the place. They also offered “Sharkies” but I thought they were DISGUSTING so I opted for my Gu in my pocket.

All in all~ Race day was AWESOME! Now I gotta figure out how to fit in a few more this year… think I may have a new goal of 6 (or maybe 7 in 2011….kinda like the sound of that…)




Surf City Half Marathon Review Part 1

15 Feb

FINALLY I am taking a minute to post my latest race review~ My intentions of sitting down and blogging on Friday where thwarted by my BIC Bands business. I was blessed with orders, and my goal is to get the product to the clients as soon as I can… so… here we are!

Let’s see… let me start at the beginning. I drove down to Huntington Beach on Saturday to hit up the expo. It’s about an hour and a half to two hour drive for me, depending on traffic. I was being a good runner girl and hydrating the whole way down, rocking out to my new play list and then it hit me….. as I was sitting in good ‘ole Orange County traffic… I had to Pee (sorry to be blunt~ I know my grandpa reads this… but no other way to put it!!! lol) After getting out of the freeway traffic, I got to sit in traffic to get into the expo. ONLY to find out the parking lot was full and was shooed away! (I thought I was about to die at this point!) I had to pull into the state beach parking lot, and had to pay $15 for parking (I know California is broke, but geesh!! that’s ridiculous!) I RAN to the nearest restrooms, only to find out they’re locked (again, CA is broke… so only a few are open….) AFTER finding a usable restroom, I was off to get inline and wait to get into the expo. The line moved quickly, and I was soon in. My friend Heather was waiting inside for me with the number I’d be racing with.

As if I wasn’t already slightly annoyed with the expo so far… to get your bibs, they sent you to the back of the tents. It was packed, hot and stuffy, and I felt bad for the vendors that were along the lines. Once you got your bib, you’d a been a fool to try and get back over to that area~ just a mad house.  Another thing~ non of the “official race help” really knew what was going on. They kept giving wrong info (go get your timing chips checked over there…) and the expo tent was just way too small for an even that size. Or at least, put the bibs up front so you those that wanted in and out could do just that.

I did however, enjoy shopping the various booths. (I’ll actually BE at some expo’s later this year… more info on that in a later post…) There is definitely an excited “vibe” in the air at the expo~ it definitely get’s you pumped and ready for the next day. While shopping, I hit up the RunningSkirts.com booth (big surprise, huh?!) and bought me a new skirt. I ended up with the Haute Pink Ultra Skirt. While visiting the booth, they had superstar runner Dane Rauschenberg signing his book. Don’t know who he is? Don’t stress it! I didn’t either (but hey, I’m still a bit of a newbie to this running thing and really don’t know many of the “BIG” names….) Dane ran 52 marathons (all under 4 hours) in 52 weeks! CRAZY! I did purchase his book and I’m currently reading it. Dane was super friendly, and chatted with Heather and I a bit. In chatting, he asked what time we were looking to get and I told him I wanted to break 2 hours. He then asked if I wanted advice on how to do it. (My thought process at this moment: “Someone who knows what the heck they’re doing wants to give me advice? SHOOT! Of COURSE I’ll take it!) Dane said that the secret to getting my time was to go out slower. Keep my pace at 9:15 for the first 5k and then after that pick it up to 9. Instead of putting it all out there in the beginning, save it for the end. Makes sense, right?

My friend Heather that I run with is an AMAZING photographer (seriously, if you live in or around Salt Lake, hit her up!~ I think my Baby girls newborn pics from 4 years ago are still on her site…) BUT, we didn’t take hardly any pictures =( . We did shoot one shot at the expo.

I met this guy while waiting in line to get our bibs. Don’t laugh~ I don’t remember his name… but he happened to be in front of us for this photo op~ Heather and I also took the pic~ but it was one of the official race shots.

After the expo, Heather and I checked into the hotel and headed out to dinner. We knew we wanted to carb overload and asked the front desk for some ideas. We headed out with a map in hand, pulled into the parking lot and after walking up we quickly realized we were under-dressed for the fancy restraunt… should have realized there weren’t many other Ford Explorers in the lot… lol!

We ended up at Maggiano’s and to forgo the hour and a half wait, snuck a seat at the bar. Had some yummy Baked Ziti and even took home some lasagna for later (that was cool!).

Tucked ourselves in for the night after laying out all our race attire.

I’ll post next about race day, but for now I gotta run. My family is looking at me like they are starving….

What to do now….

18 Nov

I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a running funk. You ever get there? It all kinda hit after finishing the LA R&R half. I had spent so much time training for it and then it was over. All in a day~ and after that I really felt like…what next?  I put in a few miles here and there, but I haven’t been super motivated to get out there and run!

I think training with TNT really kept me accountable and the plan was easy to follow. Now, I don’t have a definite schedule I’m sticking to and have no direction…but I need to get on it! I’ve decided to run the Surf City U.S.A. Half in February.  Lookin’ at the calendar, I need to get back on the training bandwagon~ but that’s another area I’m hitting a wall at~ what plan do I want to do? I’m trying to convince My Man to run it with me~ so if he does, we’ll probably train together and if I train with him he’ll want to go for a beginner training schedule. Do I want to try and PR? Or just enjoy it? TOO MANY QUESTIONS! Ahh! My brain is getting tired just thinking of it all. So, on that note,  I think I’ll just go run 3 tonight to clear it….

On another note~ I was given some great products at the LA R&R expo to review~ so look for some great product reviews coming up soon!