Capitola Half Marathon – 3 new PRs!!

I LOVE racing! There is a feeling you get when racing that you can only understand if you do it. I get so excited in the days leading up to a race. Then you have the 5:30 am (or earlier!) wake up calls, getting to the start of the race, but first standing in the LONGEST line ever to pee! Finally the race starts and you walk like a heard of cattle until you cross the starting line and finally get to run! If you’re lucky…sometimes it still takes a while to run, especially if you don’t start in waves. But all this is part of what I love!

This was such an amazing race for me, not only because I got to run along the beach through Santa Cruz & Capitola but I got 3 new PRs! My last half marathon I finished in 2:07:54 so I was really hoping for 2 hours with this half. I finished in…wait for it…wait for it…

1:55:49!! I ran a less than 2 hour half marathon! At mile 5 I was feeling great and started to pick up my pace. This worried me because I didn’t want to burn myself out but I felt so amazing that I just went with it. Then from mile 7 on my pace stayed below 9 minute miles. Maybe it’s the training, the dinner or breakfast I had, my tradition of wearing the shirt from my previous race (which I almost didn’t do because I hated last race’s shirt) or my fueling along this race or a combination of it all…all I know is I am super proud of myself!

Please check out my race:

Capitola Half Marathon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Picking up my bib in Capitola

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After the packet pick up we headed to a local brewery and did a little tasting, sadly nothing really stood out. Wait, maybe this helped fuel my race šŸ˜‰

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Speaking of fueling, I usually use the GU energy gels for my training and races. Last time I went to Fleet Feet I saw the Roctane Ultra Endurance energy gels with caffeine, more sodium & potassium, and an amino acid blend and thought I’d try them out. I have to say I don’t drink caffeine and if I take a medication with caffeine in it I usually don’t feel very well, but these gels are amazing! I took the first at mile 3.5 and had so much energy by mile 4.5-5ish. I didn’t feel sick or shaky like I usually do with caffeine, I felt bright and alert and very energized. I would definitely recommend trying these out! GU Roctane Gels

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Random views of the race

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Oh, yea crossing the finish with a PR!

Along with a half marathon PR I got a 5k PR – 26:34 and a 10k PR – 53:43. Yea, I’m pretty fucking awesome.

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Start/Finish race pic

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My photographer, support team and boyfriend šŸ™‚

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After the race we enjoyed Santa Cruz for the rest of the day. Which means tide pools, boardwalk rides, pizza and beer!

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Pizza! Sad to say, another let down. I was told by a friend they have the best pizza. Not in my opinion. But still yummy.

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If you can’t read the sign it says “Welcome Marathon Runners” uummm, and half marathon runners thank you very much! Its okay cause the beer was good! 99 Bottles of Beer

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Next race Women’s Fitness Festival, Sacramento Ca

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