Silver Strands Half Marathon Race Recap

After driving down to San Diego yesterday, I finally got a hold of my elusive black market race bib which I bought off another girl.  The dark underbelly of the running world….  Thanks Laura(and Brent, if you read girly running blogs) for helping me out!

I layed my gear out last night and ended up with this:

You like the faux running pose?  There’s more where that came from.

I’m SO dang glad I wore short sleeves because it was hot.  Hot like Carrie Underwood at the CMA’s.

Not hot like Katie Holmes in the morning pre-caffeine.

pics from

I even comtemplated taking my shirt off during the race, but making other runners puke goes against my personal running etiquette rules.  unless they’re faster than me.  Regardless, the shirt stayed on.

My throwaway sweatshirt that actually got thrown away this time.  I pity the person who picked it up because it has a big stain on it.

Apparently the course hasn’t changed from 2002:


I got up at 4am, drank 2 big cups of coffee, left my house at 5 and was parking at 6am.  The race started at 7:30.

I ate 3/4 of a Clif bar at 6:30 and stood in the world’s longest porta potty line comprised of 596,834,620 small-bladdered runners.  I thought about going in here but since it was a #2 and not just 1, I wanted toilet paper.

(I took this while driving.  Impressive and completely unsafe, no?)

The race started in Coronado and ended up in Imperial Beach.  At the start we ran by the Hotel del Coronado.

Another driving shot of the red-roofed Del.  I’m still amazed that I made it home without hitting something.

My game plan was to, like last race, run according to how I felt and not my garmin.  It was warm and I wished I had worn sunglasses, but other than that, I felt good.  I was really thirsty the entire race so I drank at least 1-2 cups of water or energy drink at every water station.

I took an Espresso Love gu at mile 7.5.  They were handing out Hammer gels at mile 10 so I tried one.

This thing was so good I would put it in a graham cracker crust, award it “The Best Apple Pie in the World”, and call myself Sara Lee.  It was that good.

The last couple miles were hard; I felt like I was working so much harder than last weekend’s race.  I don’t know if it was hotter or I was just more tired or what, but I was spent by the end.  Just done.  Done like Rosie O’Donnell’s relationship.  Done like the times Lindsey Lohan got everything for free.  Just done.

My garmin said 1:40:58.  My official time was 1:40:55, a new PR by 10 seconds.  6th out of 296 in my age group, otherwise known as the age where you start to wonder things like, Do my ovaries go bad?  Should I start botoxing the map on my forehead?  How in the world did I get my boobs tucked in my belt?!

The first 11 miles were mental and the last 2 were physical.  I felt like I gave everything the last 2 miles and couldn’t have done anymore.  My goal is to run a half under 1:40, and unless I get a Nigerian leg transplant  I don’t see how I can go any faster.

Running quote of the day:

Run like you stole something.


45th Sue Kren 15k race recap Although it looks like I might be passing kidney stones or having hemorrhoid issues, this is really just my game face.I drove down to San Diego at...
I did it. but probably shouldn’t have WORKOUT - Half Marathon race 13.1 miles/1:53:55   7.1 miles/1:05First, the race.  My time 1:53:55 was according to my garmin because they didn’t h...
Carlsbad Marathon Recap WORKOUT – (total) 15.35 miles/2:10Ran outside ~ 4.15 miles/40 mins with KatieRan on TM ~ 11.2 miles/1:30  1. inclineI was sore yesterday but...
Alcohol’s on the left! (race recap) After a long day of traveling back from Hawaii yesterday, I woke up at 5am disoriented but clearly knowing I didn’t want to run a half marathon this m...
Camp Pendleton Hard Corps Marathon Race Recap Sorry, I have very few pictures, none from the race itself.  So this could very possibly be my lamest race recap yet.I got home from Washington la...
Chesebro Half Marathon Race Recap Saturday I ran the Great Race of Agoura Chesebro Half Marathon.  I flew into Orange County Friday night and then drove up to Calabasas to stay at my f...
SB Newspress Half Marathon Race Recap I PR’ed: 1:41:05. 11th in my age group of 311, 195th overall.I had all my stuff layed out the night before as usual.  But I couldn’t pick up my pa...
RocknRoll San Jose half marathon Race Report Saturday night I got all my running stuff ready including options of what to wear.  Oh, and my pink undies made it in the picture.  How awesomely emba...
Red Rock Marathon Recap The morning started early at 4am.  I met Pam and her husband Rocky in the hotel lobby at 5:15am where we got on the shuttle that drove us the 10 mins ...
Las Vegas Marathon Race Recap Race morning I got up at 5am and made some coffee in our room, had an energy bar for breakfast, stretched and got all did up.  We left our hotel at 6:...
Share this >>>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *