I signed up for the Malibu Half Marathon on a whim. My mom sent me the Groupon email and I had 2 hours to decide to do it or not. Obviously, I went for it
But, since it was only 4 weeks after the Long Beach Marathon I didn’t plan on trying to PR. Thank God because that course was HILLY (read: heeeeeeaaaalllly)!
Then, we proceeded to get ridiculously lost for 45 minutes on the way to the race. The curvy roads of the Malibu hills are not the best situation for a nervous runner’s stomach. Boo.
It was close, but luckily I didn’t go #2 in the new car. Thank you and you’re welcome.
When I got the the starting line I met blog reader, Katie! I didn’t have the camera with me or I would have taken a pic. She was speedy so we parted ways at the Start. How’d you do Katie?!
The first part of the race was perfect. I was too fast (okay that part wasn’t perfect), but I saw dolphins! Watching dolphins swim in the ocean beside you negates my poor pacing and the hills (okay, maybe not the hills).
The race uses the slogan “Run in Paradise” and it really is. The first 4 miles or so had the most amazing view of the beach and lapping waves – with dolphins! Gorgeous.
But, I didn’t read the “be prepared to pay for all those beautiful views with hills” part of the slogan. The hill at mile 8 killed me and I walked it. After that I kind of figured it was not going to be a PR and walked any hill I wanted.
I started feeling a little bad about it until I thought, “I said I was doing this race for fun, I better start having fun then!” And just enjoyed the rest of it
My splits are embarrassing – I go from 8:17, 8:23 and 8:01 for the first three miles to 10:21, 9:21 and 9:46. Someone needs to get her pacing together!
After I crossed the finish line I stopped at the Siggi’s booth for a free yogurt and grabbed a few coupons
I didn’t want to go too deep, but I wanted to get my knees.
But my knees need it after those hills!
“Thank you God for letting me run a race today.”
“…and Thank You for Ben, the best husband I could ask for. Amen”
After running and icing we headed to Starbucks so I could change. Ben got a pumpkin spice latte and I had some of that. Does anyone else think they’re too “ginger-y”?
I also ate a naner.
I got my favorite Subway sandwich – Tuna on Omega-3 bread with all the veggies except olives. I could eat this every day, but it’s especially delicious after a run!
Now I’m hanging out at my mom’s for a bit until we head home.
Hope you had a fantastic Sunday!