Surf City Race Expo

Hello and Happy Weekend time Smile

First, I have to back up for a second and profess my love to the Warm Whiskey Chocolate Cake I had last night. Yes. Please. image(If you follow me on Instagram @RunEatRepeat you’d be one step ahead of the game.)

Okay… this morning I met up with the lovely Skinny Runner to attend the Surf City Marathon / Half Marathon Expo. First we had to make a the obligatory iced coffee stop. And I thought it was about time that I showed you guys my car… if you see me driving please HONK!!! so I know you read RER.


Expo time…

This race is about 16 miles north of mi casa – and actually pretty near and dear to my heart since I’ve ran the full once and half a few times.

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The whole theme of the race is “Surf City” since that’s what Huntington Beach is known for. surf city marathon

SR checking her bib #skinnyrunner surf city

Just as we were about to walk in reader Leslie spotted us. She’ll be running the half tomorrow – so we plan on hanging out for a few hours on the road too Winking smile

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The last two races I attended – ING Miami and RNR AZ have BIG expos, so this one is pretty small in comparison. It’s just a big tent set up on the beach parking lot. There are a few vendors and booths to get the pre-race loot you need and that’s it. surf city marathon

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The race starts and ends right on the street off the beach. I doubt I’ll pull a Santa Barbara ice bath though – this is frigid. IMG_0830 (800x600)

ONE of the girls in this picture is NOT named Sarah – you guess which one. sarah OUAL SkinnyRunner

After the expo the two Sarah’s and I got comida and the Big Belly Deli.

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I got a grilled veggie salad with chicken (they brought the chicken out after because they forgot).IMG_0834 (800x600)

And now I’ll spend the rest of the day getting nervous and carb loading with bananas. If anyone wants to call me with race day advice I’m standing by the phones…image

I think this sums up how prepared I am for tomorrow’s race:  “Not exactly new and improved, but it’s been worse.” “Not exactly new and improved, but it’s been worse.”

Okay, since the expo had Beach Boys playing the whole time I’m inspired to create an entire playlist of their songs.

 Vote California Girls or Don’t Worry Baby?


  1. says

    Love the feel of that expo and miss the coast so much – one of the many reasons I love reading your blog. Also, you look extra-beautiful these days (hopefully that comes out the right way; you’re so pretty but lately you seem extra-so…fresh and like you’re feeling good!). 😀 Lastly, California girls, FOR SURE (spoken from one who’s been misplaced in Canada). 😉

    • Emma says

      I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now but have never felt confident enough to leave a comment before – but I just read SR’s page and she pointed out what I was already thinking – you are looking ‘ten shades of fabulous’ you look so happy, fit and fresh in all your photos – i’m almost inspired to try the eggs and nut-butter Monica diet! I’ve just moved from England to Canada and reading your blog has inspired me to go back to running longer distances. I was a 5km-specialist for a few years, but i’m signed up for a half marathon in a few weeks and really looking forward to it. Good luck with your race tomorrow x

  2. Brittany says

    Did you move? I thought you were living down in Irvine. The only reason I even notice is because I live in Huntington, so was confused by the “20 miles south of mi casa” part. I’m also deliriously tired so may be reading stupidly. =)

  3. says

    You will do great!! I’m pretty sure you are the only person I “know” who is running their 4th half of the year only 34 days into the year!!! I think that is beyond amazing!
    I hope you have a great race day!!!!

  4. Maggie P says

    I love your blue shirt. Where did you get it?

    So, since you’ve mentioned that Ben would like to have a baby & because I have no tact , are you looking especially beautiful because of the special glow of motherhood?

    • says

      Yes! It was amazing! But, I didn’t get to try the pretzel sticks – I think you were the one that told me about them?! It felt like we were the only table that didn’t order them.

  5. says

    I have to go with California Girls. I was walking down the street in Key West today and a random guy living out of his van was playing that song!! What a coincidence?!

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  6. says

    Good luck today! Hope it went well! I did this last year with my sister and LOVED IT!! It was also my first ever half a number of years ago (but that was the year it poured!)

    Got to love So Cal!

  7. Kim says

    California Girls! What a great idea for a playlist for races near the surf :) Don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before?! I’m planning on making a Dropkick Murphy’s playlist for my 10k on St. Patrick’s Day. Have fun and good luck!

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