The Davis MOONlight Half Marathon

Yesterday I ran my first night race. When I signed up I was super excited to be running a race at night…then I realized the race started at 7:00 pm, in July. So, wasn’t dark at the start but by 8-8:30 it started getting darker. And cooler! When I started the race it was about 91 degrees. At about mile 2.8 I already was cramping so bad I had to walk. I walked about 4 times during this race, which is a new PR!! The first half marathon I’ve had to walk, yay me! Seriously, I knew this was going to be hard and I WAS NOT trying or hoping to be getting any PR’s for this run. Just wanted to do something new and fun. Check out the course:

Davis MOONlight Half Marathon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Check me out…totally wearing my short shorts. These are yoga shorts, I’ve been wanting to get some of those small runner shorts. Hopefully they don’t chafe my ass like these did!

Start of the race



And I’m off!!


Finally done!!! – was the thought going through me head as I crossed the finish. This really was the hardest half marathon I’ve run. I don’t think I was well hydrated, and I probably didn’t eat properly before the race either. But like I said, It was fun 🙂



This has to be my favorite medal so far (other than my CIM medal of course). It is huge and glows in the dark!



Overall, I think this a great race. The course was pretty and took you through some really nice areas in Davis. It was hot in the beginning but not unbearable, especially if you hydrate and fuel properly. There were a few congestion problems along the course, and they ran out of water or Gatorade depending on what station it was. This was my biggest disappointment, running out of water. You know how many people to expect, you know its hot, you need have the proper amount of supplies.

Oh – and one more thing…if you’re a spectator…DO NOT BLOCK THE FINISH!!! This drives me absolutely crazy! I do not like to end my runs abruptly, especially at the end of the race when I am running my fastest. I don’t like running into people, trying to get my medal and water and not being about to get through a crowd. Please people, common courtesy! “You know we’re living in a society!” – if you know what that quote is from we can be best friends.

After the race we went to the University of Beer in downtown Davis. I’ve been wanting to check this place out & it did not disappoint. First off, how can you go wrong with a Mario picture made out of bottle caps??!



Secondly, they had High Water Brewery Campfire Stout. Only the most amazing beer ever. I would marry this beer if it were possible, I love it that much 😉



Tomorrow is my long run for the week (7 miles) and I have a new hydration belt I’ll be trying out. The hydration pack, unfortunately, isn’t working for me so I got the Nathan Trail Mix “no bounce” belt. I think I’m really going to like it. Fingers crossed!! I’ll let you know tomorrow!


12 thoughts on “The Davis MOONlight Half Marathon

  1. Omg, I hear ya about people blocking the finish line and making me stop abruptly. Not just spectators but other runners too! It is becoming a huge pet peeve of mine. I don’t understand this — it’s common sense to get outta the way!

  2. I totally saw you at this race. I didn’t know how to say hi without seeming like a stalker so I just left it alone. Luckily, I was in a slower group (2:41) so I didn’t have any issues with stations out of water. I would’ve died.

    • You should have said hi, I wouldn’t have thought you were a stalker 🙂 Are you signed up for other races in the area this year?

      • Yes, I’ll be at CIM as well only I won’t begin my training until early August. I’m training with Fleet Feet Sacramento and am super excited. Hopefully the weather is a little better this year than last. I’m also considering Urban Cow. Not quite sure about that one yet but I have until the end of August to beat the price increase.

      • Cool! Maybe I’ll see you at the CIM! Lets hope for MUCH better weather!! If I didn’t have an unusual work schedule I’d love to train with Fleet Feet. They are awesome.

  3. So cool that you’re enjoying running so much. I’ve just started up again. my goal is 8:30 for 6 miles by Sept for HY Vee triathlon. I’m a long way from that right now, 9:30 for 2 miles after my second run in months. Hopefully I’ll stay un-injured. Keep up the pace, girl. Looks like you’re having a blast and getting way into it. Congrats!
    Did your number from the night run glow in the dark too?

    • Thank you. I hope you get to your goal pace! And I’m not sure if my bib glows too, I’ll have to check that out.

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