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2011 Surf City Half Marathon Report

So I decided to run Surf City as my long run of the weekend, since you know, last Wednesday we got engaged and my life was perhaps a little bit out of control for a bit! The night before we gathered for dinner at the Lazy Dog and it was delicious and fun to see a bunch of people that I’ve missed since they live in San Fran. After that Shea had a little gathering of people at our house for a small party and I was in bed by 10:30. I was SO tired when my alarm went off though the next morning and I realized in my hasty getting ready that I may have picked out the weirdest outfit ever. Meh! I met up with Tara and Maritza and Page down in my secret parking spot for the race, where there was NO ONE and we hung out for a while before going out and braving the cold!

When we started I wanted to run conservatively the first few miles and pick it up at the end. Though I still haven’t uploaded my Garmin splits, I know I pushed a lot harder at the end and felt strong. For not getting much sleep this week and not being well rested, I felt good and could have tacked on a few more miles at the end, which was good.

Here’s a picture of the start line. SO MANY PEOPLE.

Here’s behind our wave.

Before the race started we wanted to make a quick trip to the portapotties, but we couldn’t find them and so we just waited in line at the Hilton right there. It took a little bit, but since we were in wave 8, it didn’t matter, and the race was chip timed so meh! Once we got out there, I just started running and it was alright. I really worked hard on the hills as well to get some hill training in during my run. As I got to mile 8, I was feeling okay and knew that I wanted to push it on the last few miles, so I sped up and felt comfortable. The last two miles were pretty uneventful but I finished fine, grabbed my food and headed out with my medal.

I saw a few of my friends from work who ran as well. I was pretty happy that I finished in 1:57. I wanted to go right around sub-2 and push harder in the second half which is what I did. Hooray for an exciting week, a good race and seeing good friends. Compared to my last half, at the end of the December, I felt MUCH better and like I’m right on target for training for LA and Oakland, which is all I wanted to do with this race.

This week I haven’t done too much running as I have had a really stuffy nose. :( I am leaving for Texas for a work conference on Sunday at 6 am and won’t be back until 1 am on Wednesday morning so this weekend the long run will be a few short runs in Texas it looks like, then next weekend is a 20 miler weekend!


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  • Reply ilovesteaks

    Good seeing you out there. Thanks for spotting me out of the walking wounded heading back out on the beach path. :)

    February 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Julie

    You’re awesome! Way to go! Nice finish!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    So glad I got to see you and hang out! Thanks for the parking tip!

    The only remaining question I have from this weekend is, “where the EFF were the start area port-o-potties???”

    February 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Lo

    I love that medal! So fun!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    Well your in luck. Depending on where you go Texas weather is suppose to be good here in DFW next week!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Chrissie

    What a fun medal! I’ve never done a race just for the medal yet, but it’s always a bonus when it’s something cute. And great job on the sub-2, by the way :)

    February 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl

    Ohmygosh! I wish I could just decide to run a half marathon on a whim! Awesome job on coming in under 2!

    February 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    I wish i could have got to see you! Great job D! Love and miss you

    February 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply the dawn

    good work! love those medals, so cute!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Demi (Rio)

    Sticking with your training plan through a race…nicely done! I did the full and boy, I was surprised at how many people there were!

    February 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    Great job on another half!

    It’s about time you run a race, instead of just work one! :oP

    February 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    congrats on another well-run race! hope to see you in oaktown!

    February 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Abigail

    Loved your race report! Congrats on a great race!

    February 10, 2011 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    Love that medal! Congrats on a good run. Love that a HM IS your training, i am IN training for a HM!

    February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Rinus

    Thats a good race time and a nice medal.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Fit Chick Britt

    TX girl right here! Where in TX will you be?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:53 am
  • Reply Stuart

    Woah that’s a lot of people, nice job on a sensible race

    February 11, 2011 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Keri

    Aww love the pic of you and page! Congrats on the race. Good luck on that 20!

    February 16, 2011 at 4:39 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Great work!! LOVE that medal! I have medal envy big time!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm
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