Sweaty Stats: NONE and NONE! I didn’t do any exercise Monday or Tuesday, I know…who am I?! I feel that I
could should have done some elliptical work, the end. On Monday I woke up a bit tight and decided to let my body rest. Then Tuesday…no excuse, I chose Taco Tuesday over the gym, hey…it happens. I did go on a pretty long walk with one of my friends cheerleaders from the race, so that helped me loosen up too, that counts right?
So let me start by saying how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon series! They really know how to do it right! I’ve done the most of the bigger races that San Diego has to offer, and although they’re organized and executed very well…nothing compares to the amazing vibe that the RnR race gives off! But I’m getting ahead of myself, back to the beginning.
Since I was running the half and not the full, my start time was 6:45 (full marathoners were at 6:15). Fortunately we live in Downtown San Diego so we were able to take a cab to the start and not have to deal with walking or trying to find parking. Unfortunately we were a bit too comfortable with the fact that we live so close to the start and got there with only a few minutes to spare.
As with all the other RnR races, everything was organized down to the T. It never felt chaotic even though there were thousands and thousands of runners gearing up to start.
The first 3 miles felt really sweaty and humid. I wasn’t expecting this and had to work through the first few miles more than I thought I would. At about 4-5 miles I was feeling better, loose, and ready to roll!
My cheerleaders were texting me to cheer me on and let me know where they were waiting to see me
fly jog by. I bought this awesome lil gem at the race expo and LOVE it! It fits my iPhone in its case in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m fussing over it, but I had access to my texts and camera right at my fingertips. Now you have to understand why I loved this phone holder…I HATE holding anything in my hand while I’m running. Doesn’t matter if I’m running to the nearest Wine Steals or half marathon, if it’s in my hand, I’m hating life. I also have a hard time with arm phone holders because I tend to chafe on long runs and races. I’m usually a “stick it in my bra” kinda girl! Since I had this amazing case, I am able to bring you amazing race pics like this one at mile 8. You’re welcome.
Every aide station was absolutely stocked and ran like a well oiled machine. The stages with live bands were placed perfectly throughout the course, and running through neighborhoods really brought out the crowds to cheer everyone along as well. I didn’t get pics of the amazing costumes and fun signs set up because I was running, hello!
The last 2-3 miles were on a down hill slope, and felt amaze balls! We finished up in Downtown by Petco Park where we picked up medals, goodies, and walked right over to a bar to eat and celebrate. All in all, it doesn’t get much better than that! No logistical nightmares AND you can easily walk to half a dozen restaurants, bars, and cafes within minutes, success!
Some more representing!What’s your favorite organized running event? What makes it so great? Are you already planning your next? YES!