Hip-hip-hooray for a new PR! The website unofficial results say 1:43:54. My Garmin says 1:43:56 and 13.23 miles.
Yesterday we went to the expo around 3:15ish. It was the biggest one I’ve been to yet, but we managed to get in and out in around 30-40 minutes. I parked in a 30 minute zone, so not getting a ticket was on my mind.
As for today, I have nothing really to say about the course. I feel like I was zoned out the whole time. Even looking back at the course video, I have no recollection of running in some areas, haha.
I’ll start with the fact that I got the best night’s sleep ever before a half marathon. I had no nerves and easily laid down around 8:00pm. I know for a fact I was out by 8:40pm. I woke up at 4:55am without too much of a problem. I stayed at my bf’s (who ran the race with me, but not with me — we decided to stick to our respective corrals, me in 3, he in 4) so we were conveniently able to walk to the start and walk back from the finish.
I wasn’t hungry so I ended up just eating my nut pack (mix of macadamia, cashews, dried mango, dried apricots and dried mulberries) and a mini larabar from the expo.
I didn’t remember to buy any cheap throw away gear. So I wore my first trash bag ever. But I quickly threw it away after a couple blocks because I realized I looked like a goob and it wasn’t even that cold. We got to Balboa Park by 6:15 and it was packed. The set up of bathrooms was bizarre, and lines were long everywhere! I thought I found the hidden secret (i.e. park bathroom) but it was locked. After walking around and not finding any short lines, I finally decided to pop a squat in the bushes. Luckily I was able to control my flow (if you know what I mean. Girls don’t have it as easy!) and it did the job just as well as a port-a-potty.
I started out strong and tried to keep with the 1:45 pacers for the first four miles. After that I knew I was ahead of my anticipated 8 min pace and just tried to keep it close to 8 minutes from there on out.
I guess I don’t know how to read elevation charts because to me this looked flat with a downhill finish. I didn’t do any hill training after La Jolla, but it would have helped me a little bit to have done some. I took water twice and walked a few strides at two spots. I never used to walk in races, but I feel like I’ve gotten lazy lately (e.g. La Jolla and today). However, I think in the long run it helps me to stretch out my legs a little bit.
The last .01 I sprinted in with a girl wearing a Bonita team singlet and after passing the finish line we shook hands and took a finishers picture together.
Overall, I liked the course. It wasn’t scenic but it felt more like a nice Sunday run through the neighborhood. I’m planning on doing it again next year.
(found my trainer after the race)
Splits from my Garmin:
Mile 1 – 7:49
Mile 2 – 7:57
Mile 3 – 7:41
Mile 4 – 8:04
Mile 5 – 7:46
Mile 6 – 7:45
Mile 7 – 8:01
Mile 8 – 7:57
Mile 9 – 8:21
Mile 10 – 7:56
Mile 11 – 8:08
Mile 12 – 7:37
Mile 13 – 7:28
0.23 – 1:19