Laguna Hills Half Marathon PR

I totally did not expect to do that well in the Laguna Hills Half Marathon today. And I certainly did not think I was going to PR, but sometimes all the stars align and the running gods God feels sorry for you and throws you a bone.

Thank you Baby Jesus I need this – Laguna Hills Half Marathon 1:47:04 monica post laguna hills half

I guess the main reason I didn’t expect to rock this race was that I only signed up because I got a free entry from my running group. Oh, and it was basically down the street from my house.  I figured it was free and I didn’t have to go out of my way at all – so I didn’t really prepare for it.

I did my usual pre-run rituals…coffee with floaters

Yes, this one too Winking smileIMG_4296 (800x600)

I saw Sarah from Once Upon a Lime in the porta potty line and we both are running another half in 5 days. We agreed that we should take this race easy and “save our legs” for the Saturday race. Well, I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain.race start

Note the hesitant smile, I never know how my body is actually going to feel once it starts running. Sometimes my body likes to remind me that it is built for bearing children, not moving quickly.monica at start

Per usual, I started out way too fast. But, unlike usual I was able to keep it up. Normally always my legs realize they are moving at speeds more appropriate for someone 2/3 my size and promptly hit a wall to show me who’s boss. Well today my pain receptors were on vacation (probably a Memorial Day road trip) and never realized this.

I glanced down at my Garmin and realized I could PR so I broke my “I’m running this one conservatively” promise and kept at it. half marathon finish line

Yes! A new Half Marathon PR – 1:47:04image

My previous PR was from Rock N Roll Phoenix at 1:49:28

I’m really happy sweaty here…IMG_4305 (600x800)

I grabbed some oranges and a water post race.IMG_4306 (800x600)

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laguna hills half post race

Then, headed to the shuttles to get back to my car. Ben didn’t come to this race since it was so close and he had to work. laguna hills shuttle pick up

But, it was no biggie since Laguna Hills offered fancy shuttles back to your car!on the shuttle

I also scored 2 chocolate chip cookies from the Corner Bakery booth at the post race festivities. 2 cookies

I didn’t have any ice to do an ice bath and tried to compromise with ice packs. It didn’t get the water cold enough. Oh well, I packs

Post race meal – pumpkin, carrot cake yogurt, chia seeds, Vitatop and Barney Butter. It’s no post-race brunch, but was still pretty amazing.pumpkin and yogurt bowl

I’m headed to my mom’s because she wants to go shopping – who am I to turn that down? See ya later Smile


  1. says

    congratulations! i’m glad that you ran so well – just adding to the confidence bank!
    ps – did you know there’s a “thump queen” (the queen at this watermelon festival in texas). i nominate you! but i want to be a princess! :)

  2. says

    Congratulations Monica! Great time!
    I’m working on a PR for a 5k – pace runs and sprints scare me, but I’ve got to get over it if I want to eventually qualify for Boston!

    I with they had a better selection of Vitatops in Canada…I have desert envy…

  3. says

    what a perfect day! congrats on the PR – that is when running is best, when you go in relaxed, have fun….and knock off a super time! then cookies + shopping – life does not get better!

  4. says

    Congrats on the PR! I love when everything falls into place during a race. It doesn’t happen often (at least not for me!) which makes it so much sweeter. Enjoy that post-race high!

  5. says

    Awesome! COngrats!!! Now rest up for the next one, eek! Plus the cookies look awesome, i really wanted cookies after my race and no go :(, should have planned ahead, good thinking!

  6. says

    Great job Monica! That’s like Speedy McSpeederson! Seriously, nice race!

    I never had a chance to tell you, but it was great meeting you at FitBloggin’. It was a bummer we didn’t get a chance to talk some more, but I guess that’s how it goes. Those conferences always pass too damn fast!

  7. says

    Congrats! Glad your race went well. I could never do the ice bath thing. I tried taking just a cold bath once and I was done after about 30 seconds. Being cold is NOT for me!

  8. Nicole says

    Congrats on your PR!! YAY!!

    I think the pre-race day cookies had something to do with it….! No joke…talk about proper carb loading!

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