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Operation Jack Half Marathon Race Report

Yesterday was my last race of the year, and the first race I ran in quite a while. It was the Operation Jack Half Marathon. It was pouring Christmas night and I was rather nervous that I would be running in rain the next morning. I am like a cat when it comes to water, and I knew I wouldn’t fare well in the rain. I woke up to a bright pink sunrise and a perfect day! I was so excited to head out to Manhattan Beach and even donned my new Nike long sleeve for the chilly weather. I parked and headed down the start. Being a smaller race, checking in was super quick! I tried to get Claude to pick up satellite, but was having a little problem with him and realized that his batteries were dead. :( Oh well. I wasn’t running for time and was already excited seeing so many people I knew. It was different being at a race where I wasn’t sitting down behind a table trying to answer trouble shooting questions!

A picture my friend Mitch took. Who is an extreme manic and always a friendly face, but what in the WORLD am I doing?! Here’s a picture of Mitch and I as well!

And I realized, though I wasn’t sporting my Maniac attire, my visor is maniacish! I should puffy paint maniac number 2034 on int!

Emil and I at the start of the race, which was BEAUTIFUL!

We were off and without Claude, I was a little lost. I knew I wouldn’t be close at all to my PR or even really around two hours and told myself to just enjoy the race and seeing so many of my friends that I haven’t gotten the chance to run with lately! I’ve also have recently gotten back into the swing of things so I knew that putting in this many miles after not running consistently for about 2 months would be tough.

I turned around and kept looking at the sky, it was SO beautiful out and though there was a chill in the air, it was awesome! I kept running into more people I knew and it was awesome to slow down or speed up to run with them and catch up, I enjoyed chatting with everyone! Great seeing everyone out there supporting Sam, who completed his 61st marathon this year at this race!

There were constantly planes taking off as they take off from Los Angeles and fly right over this path. It was so exciting since I had just got a 17 DAY TRIP TO EUROPE FOR CHRISTMAS! Envisioning myself on a plane in August off to Europe made me SO excited.

We ran along this river run-off and it was just so nice to see the snow on the mountains in the distance and have a great run. The sky was reflecting perfectly in the water and before I knew it I was turning around and heading back towards the finish line.

The last two miles were a little tough for me as I was tired and ill-prepared, but I was excited to finish and support all that Sam worked for this past year. I was glad it wasn’t my 61st marathon of the year! It was a relief to reach the finish line and I’m glad I ran that far and picked a fun race to see so many people!

Here’s my friends Lori and Eric and I after the race, with our medals.

Emil and I had to take a new picture after the race too! Here we are with our medals! I loved my new Nike hoodie too!

Hooray for the last race of the year! I’m pretty sure I finished around 2:2x. It wasn’t chip timed, but I surely had a great time and it was seriously awesome to see so many people of the running community stay committed to Sam’s cause and what he was working towards all year. I got the chance to talk to many friends and that is what running is all about. As I was rounding the corner to the finish I was reminded what a great community runners are (when they aren’t flooding my email inbox at work with weird questions). Thanks to all those who came out and who were there to see Sam cross the finish line this year!


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  • Reply Tara

    nice job girl! Love your visor and long sleeve top!

    December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Bonnie

    Congrats on another great race! I’m so jealous you ran days ago in capris! We have 23 inches of snow outside our door right now!

    December 27, 2010 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Great job!! What an awesome cause, too.

    December 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    yay, Danica!! I love your cute top. I am also the same way about running in the rain – I try to avoid it at all costs! And I am completely jealous of your weather and scenery…one of these days I have to run a race in California!

    December 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Ali

    Congrats on your race! Sometimes its nice to just run a race for fun and enjoy being out running. I could not imagine running 61 marathons!! I ran my first marathon this year and it was enough. :)

    December 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    love that yellow visor!

    December 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Leigh

    Congratulations on the great run! I wish we had beautiful weather like that here :(

    And a 17 day trip to Europe for Christmas?! Lucky!

    December 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply cg9m

    nice race! your pics of the scenery look lovely :)
    hoping to make it out for the carlsbad half in jan…your post has me psyched!

    December 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    ten-hut! Looks like you’re ready to salute a superior officer. :) Good seeing you out there! You’re going to love Europe.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    Awesome job!

    I still haven’t been able to complete my satellite run (I had horrible fevers all weekend).

    Sam did a great thing! His son surely is the most loved little boy around!!!

    December 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Gina

    It looks like it was awesome!

    My freakin’ water heater broke Saturday night, and it killed my plans to make it out to OJ 61 :( as we were left to deal with the leaks and replacing it.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Meghan

    Great job on the half! Looks like a fun race and the scenery was very pretty. What type of running capris are those? I am having a hard time finding a good pair!

    December 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Great recap! I ended up not running, and instead volunteered at the second aid station – so fun seeing all the runners, and such a beautiful day!

    December 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Steena

    Congrats on the last race of the year. I heard a lot of good things about this race, and was a bit jealous of you all that got to run it!

    December 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply dynasti

    What kind of pants are those? They are perfect capris!!

    January 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Denise

    I’m so glad to have found your recap. I just found out about this run from Skinnyrunner and I have to do it. I can’t think of a better race to earn my Half Fanatic status and support such an awesome cause.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm
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