Back in January driving up to Big Sur seemed like a good idea. But life’s recent events made me a little reluctant to go out of town again.
I know, my problems are bullshit. Well, I’m glad we made the drive because Ben accomplished his first double digit run ever and I had a good time
My Garmin didn’t turn on for 2 miles. Plus I spent the first 2+ jogging with Ben so I’m not doing a race recap. Here’s my Big Sur 10.6 miler race review.
The Expo: I don’t know why I didn’t realize this was a “big” race until the expo. It was very well organized – especially considering there were 5 different events on Sunday! There is a Full Marathon, 21 Miler, 10.6 Miler, 9 Miler and 5K!
The expo was decent. Not great, but not bad. Plus I got free Ghirardelli chocolate so that’s a plus.
The Start: Everyone was bused to the start. You could NOT drive or be dropped off because it was on a two lane road that basically shuts down for the race.
I made sure Ben knew this is NOT normal for races. This is fancy.
The race started a few minutes before 7:30am (which I kinda loved, but I know others might not). There were not official waves but they held people back so it wouldn’t get too crowded.
It was very efficient. My only complaint was there were A LOT of walkers. I want to estimate half of the people were only walking, not running.
Ben asked me to stay with him the first mile and my Garmin refused to find a satellite so I ended up staying with him for 2 miles plus. The good thing about being surrounded by walkers was it kept us at a very very slow pace.
The volunteer support was awesome. There was water and gatorade o’plenty.
Ben: Did great! He ran 10.6 miles in 2:33!!! Even though I gave him a training program he didn’t stick to it because he recently joined an MMA gym and has been going 2-3x a week. It’s definitely not enough cardio to prepare him so I was really worried.
He ran mile 5 before he started walking. And he stopped to pee 2x.
Overall: I think this is VERY expensive for a 10 mile race – it was over $100! But, I felt it was really well organized and a beautiful race. I would run it again as an “experience race” with my mom or something to show her the beauty, but I don’t think I would drive up here to try and actually race such a hilly course.
I had already had some muffin and Popcorners so I wasn’t super hungry at this point. Another eh salad. Should have went with the 9-grain pancakes.
Question: What did you do this weekend? Fill me in!