|Yep, they are running laps pre-race. No thank you.|
This is the first race I have done solo. You get bussed to the start line from Balboa Park and there's no traffic access otherwise, so once the buses drop you off, there's a heck of a lot of waiting to do.
|Before sunrise at Cabrillo National Park.|
|Cabrillo National Monument|
|Ahhh, San Diego, you are very pretty.|
The next several miles are pretty flat, and I was on track to actually have a pretty decent time this race. I cruised along taking in the scenery. This was also my first race as a Half Fanatic. I wore my shirt and actually had two other brand new Half Fanatics come up and say hi to me during the race.
|That's me - Half Fanatic #1122|
|My usual Mile 10 pic|
This is where things went down hill. I think maybe I had run too fast at the beginning - a habit I am having trouble breaking - and I was starting to get pretty tired. Somewhere during mile 11, the course becomes mostly uphill. At the beginning of the race, I had overheard several runners joke about saving energy for the last hill. They were not kidding. Pretty much the last mile and a half is just an uphill battle. I ended up crossing the finish line around 3 hours, which wasn't too bad considering how slowly I crawled during the last 2 miles. Seriously, I think it took me over half an hour just to do that last hill. I was praying for a sniper to take me out...
The half marathon race was not the only event for that week. I stayed a few extra days and spent some time in Del Mar, which is beautiful. The town is great and I got to spend some time with one of my dear friends and coworker. We also spent some time at the track because I have a lot of clients that work there.
|They run only slightly faster than I do...|
|I wouldn't mind living here...|