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Today I ran my first half marathon since the Urban Cow Half Marathon last October, so you know, almost a year. No big deal. Being that I am currently training for the Chicago Marathon, I used today’s race as a long training run. Isn’t it the best when you run races as training runs? Fuel, water, course…all taken care of for you.
The Craft Classic San Diego is all about having fun and doing what we runners do best – run and drink good beer! This race also boasts some pretty nice swag.
- Knockaround sunglasses
- Pint glass
- Race shirt
- Free beer
- Free race photos
Check out the medal! It doubles as a beer opener.
I really enjoyed this race. It wasn’t easy, which is one of the things I liked about it. The scenery was okay, the first couple of miles we ran along the 56 Bike Path (I think that is what it’s called – still newish to the area) which was along the freeway. We ran past the Penasquitos Creek, and some nice neighborhoods. From mile 6ish we ran through industrial areas, big buildings, neighborhoods. The views weren’t great, but it was nice because there were people out there cheering for us. Mile 6 is when the hills started. They were all pretty gradual climbs, but they were loooong! Around mile 10 I did have to stop and walk a bit. This hill was killer!! While walking I got a shot of a sign they put along the course. It’s always fun when races do something like that to take your mind off the pain!
You can see from the elevation chart how hilly this course was. Can you tell where mile 10 was??
The course flattened out some after mile 11, mile 12 – 12.25 was a nice downhill, then the finish was up a final hill and down the chute with a great finish line in front of the brewery. There were a ton of people cheering us on and plenty of space in the chute and across the finish. I appreciate a nice, roomy finish line.
As I mentioned, I haven’t run a half marathon in 9 months and the longest distance I have run is 10 miles in the past 7 months. In the past this would have worried me, but today I wasn’t worried about this race, and I wasn’t trying for a PR. I just wanted to finish around 2 hours and not have any pain. I have been seeing a physical therapist for plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendonitis and achilles tendonitis. I am happy to say I started and finished this race pain free! 7 hours post race, I am still pain free. In the past I have pretty much skipped stretching post race so today I made sure to cool down correctly, stretch and even roll out. It’s all about training smart!