All righty people, it’s race recap time! Yes, I’m a week late. But I had better stuff to write about and do…plus I was to lazy to dig through my drawers to find my Garmin cord to plug in my computer and see my split times. But that’s besides the point. The point is, I ran race #9 on my 21 before 21 goal! This one was the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to run it, but since it was less than 10 minutes away, I figured I would work it out.
The race started at 7am so I set my alarm for 5:15am. Even though it was close, I still wanted to give myself enough time to eat and walk around in circles before leaving. Well when my alarm when off at 5:15am, you know what I did? I turned it off. It was seriously the last thing I wanted to hear. So I drifted back to sleep. Around 5:55am, I woke up, looked at the clock, and decided to get my butt out of bed. For breakfast, I had the usual, but decided to change it up a bit by adding the peanut butter. I was feeling something salty and that did the trick. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with pb.
Udi’s cinnamon raisin bagel with pb and pumpkin butter, and orange, and green tea.
Luckily I already had my clothes laid out, so once my breakfast was made, I hopped into the car and headed to the start. Breakfast was eaten in the car…
The race start was next to a mall so there was more than enough parking. Exactly what momma likes. I headed to this race solo and left my phone in the car so pictures are…nonexistent.
After parking, I waited in the longgg line for the bathroom. While in line, they played the National Anthem and had some amazing speeches. Luckily I made it to the start right at 7am. Timing skills: mastered.
Mile 1 – 8:42
Mile 2 – 9:02
Mile 3 – 9:05 – These few beginning miles were actually pretty fun because it went through a neighborhood that is usually gated. The neighbors were out on lawn chairs with their dogs, cheering us on. So sweet and much appreciated!
Mile 4 – 9:07
Mile 5 – 9:35
Mile 6 – 9:36 – At this point, we started running on a trail. You better believe I made a mental note to go hiking there sometime.
Mile 7 – 9:40
Mile 8 – 10:02 – (Insert really annoying band.)
Mile 9 – 10:03
Mile 10 – 10:19
Mile 11 – 10:49
Mile 12 – 12:17 – To be honest, I started to walk during this mile. I was, well, tired. So I just stepped to the side and walked. After a little, a guy running by gave me a little pep talk to get me to keep running. This seriously helped with the last little bit. I was so tired at this point and the sun was really packing heat.
Mile 13 – 11:03
Mile .1 – 1:09 – Hallelujah.
Total Time – 2:10
Average Pace – 9:58
Was it a PR? Heck no. Do I care? Heck no. Like I posted earlier in my most recent realization, I run for me. Who cares if I don’t break a personal best? I don’t. And that’s all that matters.
Overall though, this race was just okay. It probably didn’t help that I have only been running about once or twice a week for 3 or 5 miles…yeah…don’t follow my “training” plan. But I would most definitely do it again for a few reasons: a) it’s local b) easy parking and access c) nice course d) good cause.
Now I’m off to enjoy National Frozen Yogurt Day! (a.k.a. The best day ever.)