Last race of 2012 done and done
This morning I ran the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon in Oxnard. Oxnard is about 2 hours north of Orange County so I cooked up a plan weeks ago to talk Skinny Runner into coming with me. Added bonus: She drove! Thank goodness she has a SmartCar so the gas was only $.03 or something.
The 2 hour drive meant a 4am wake-up call though. That’s not horrible, but I have been fighting off a sore throat since I got back from Vegas on Monday. I woke up feeling less than 100%, but the show race must go on.
The course is point to point (starts in one location and finished in another), but there was a long line of buses waiting for the runners to fill ‘em up! We were on in minutes.
(Image source: Skinnyrunner.com)
The Race: The course is completely flat except for one short overpass at mile 6. Loved it! Even though it’s a smaller race the cheering support was great! A lot of people came out and it was really appreciated.
I had a good race, started out too fast, but didn’t completely die. I ran 10 miles yesterday and was wearing a dress and stockings so I wasn’t expecting a PR. I’m here for a good time, not a long time
Half Marathon time – 1:48:46 pace – 8:17
Skinny Runner was done in 90 minutes and looped back around to be my personal race photographer! This saves about $226.00 for one 8×10.
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What the heck was I wearing?
SR told me she was going to dress up like a candy cane so I figured I would just be a hungry girl chasing her, but I knew a.) no one would get it and b.) I would never really catch her so I should just bring my own candy.
Not Santa’s Little Helper:(image source)
Costume situation: I went to the GoodWill last night with an open mind. I didn’t have much time and figured I would ‘make it work’. I saw the hat on the floor under a display… mine now. And then spotted the dress and nylons. I was going to put a belt with it, but it lifted it up too much.
I have never run in a dress or tights before, but it was okay. The dress was a bit much considering I’ll never wear it again, but I got a lot of compliments on it so I think it was worth it in the end. Total costume was under $14.00.
Add those amazing holiday socks ProCompression sent me (which I will wear everyday until Jan 5th) and Santa’s Helper is ho ho ho ready to go!
On the way home we stopped at Whole Foods and attacked the place.
Question: Did you run this weekend? Where? Have you ever dressed up for a race?
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