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:
Picking up my bib in Capitola
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 😉
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
Random views of the race
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.
Start/Finish race pic
My photographer, support team and boyfriend 🙂
After the race we enjoyed Santa Cruz for the rest of the day. Which means tide pools, boardwalk rides, pizza and beer!
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.
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
Next race Women’s Fitness Festival, Sacramento Ca–