This morning I did what people in the insane asylum do: I got up at 3:45am to go running. I left my house at 4:15 to head down to San Diego to run a few extra miles before the race.
Don’t mind me, just going early morning running with my purse.
Then there was just enough time for a quick clothing change, a little breakfast and then chocolate race time.
My mom handmade this costume for me – she actually made 2(!) but the first one was way too small, I couldn’t even get it past my thighs. The only problem with this one is that I gave her really inaccurate measurements and it didn’t fit in the bust. But is my mom awesome or what?!
The rest of the outfit:
Target C9 sports bra – just bought last night because I didn’t own a white one?! What’s wrong with me?
Mizuno Wave Rider 15s – love these shoes and I try to “save” them for only marathons or fun races. I’ve got issues.
Right before the race we hopped into the A corral and saw blog friends:
Maybe you’re cool enough to have already seen this pic:
From the beginning I felt like I was pushing the pace and running hard when in reality, I don’t think my pace reflected that.
By mile 2 I needed to do a little costume repair as my top was falling down so I moved a few safety pins around to keep it up. In retrospect, I should have safety pinned the costume to my sports bra instead of just pinning it tighter or if I was really thinking, sewed the sports bra in the costume.
I ran with Emily for a few miles; she was keeping a killer pace for having 20+ miles on the calendar for the day.
The course was all rolling hills with some fast declines and tough hills. I didn’t look at my Garmin much but a couple times I saw 7:45 going up the inclines. blah. Not keeping even close to MP (marathon pace) during a 9 mile race is awesome.
But with every hill was a nice decline. This was at mile 7:
I hit the 8 mile mark, saw Margot and Phil blazing by, and then it was all downhill to the finish.
I finished in 1:07:02, average pace 7:11, 22nd woman, 66th overall and 5th in my age group.
I also met reader Kristin from Stuft Mama; look at those guns!
After everyone finished, we hit up the chocolate…
Everyone received a little box with hot cocoa, chocolate fondue and assorted foods to dip. I liked the box idea because it was easy to handle and how many times after a race are your hands full of junk to carry around?
The chocolate fondue was good; I ate all the fruit and tried some of the other stuff, but I’m not really a sweets person post-race. I’d rather have salt. Give me pickles and french fries!
I’ll do a complete race review in a couple days, but I have to say, there weren’t any race issues (that I noticed). The whole thing went off without a hitch; I was actually impressed.
Then Margot, Chacha and I did a few cool down miles by the harbor. With the 9.3 mile race, running back and forth to my car and the cool down miles, I did 13.75 miles/1:48 so my total mileage for the day was 18.75 miles/2:30.
Getting to hang out with friends, go long, dress up in a costume and get free chocolate? Not too shabby.