Holiday Half Marathon Results and Recap

half marathon is 13.1 miles (376x501)

(Sung to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

RER the red haired runner

had a very shiny pose

And if you ever saw it

You would even say it’s old. (news)

pre race holiday half marathon (408x544)

All of the other runners

used to laugh and call her names

“like Monican!”

group after half marathon (800x450)

They never let poor RER

join in any blogger games.

Then one foggy race day eve

SR came to say, “Monican with your toes so bright won’t you share my socks tonight.”

repping procompression socks (668x501)

But I got my own pair and we were twins.

The end.

All right. That wasn’t my best work, but “E” for effort?

christmas spirit

I ran the Holiday Half Marathon today! It is my last race of 2013 and that makes for a grand total of 21 race!! That shit cray.

post race holiday half marthon (376x501)

This was a super fun race because I drove up with Margot (the Faster Bunny) and Heather (from 365 of Awesome).

Today was another GORGEOUS day in SoCal – super clear, chilly morning that warmed up to a perfect Heaven-dy Five degrees. Ahhhhh.

gorgeous views at holiday half marathon (668x501)

The Holiday Half Marathon starts and ends at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona. It is a pretty course because part of it goes through Frank G Bonelli Regional Park but it’s HILLY. It should be called the Hilly Holiday Half.

holiday half marathon start line (668x501)

Luckily, I was feeling all right and was able to get a good race in the books. I finished in 1:47:50 Not too shabby considering I ran 12 yesterday. I’ll take it.

21 races in a year (339x452)

SkinnyRunner and I ran together for a good 7 miles or so of the race. She is the best person to run with because it’s like having your own personal race day photographer with you. Check out with awesome action shot she got of me!

skinny runner running half marathon race (668x501)

runeatrepeat half marathon running uphill is the worst (339x452)

(Action shot via SkinnyRunner)

After the race we hung around a little bit waiting for our group to gather up. Heather had an awesome PR and Margot had to do a few extra miles for marathon training.

holiday half marathon finish line (668x501)

So naturally SR and I sat on the ground eating bananas and updating Instagram with the breaking news that we ran another race Winking smile

skinnyrunner half marathon post race (376x501)

rer and skinnyrunner dot com (376x501)

How cute is this snowflake medal?! I think I’m going to hang it on my Christmas tree.

holiday half marathon medal (376x501)

How do you celebrate running a half marathon?

Answer: Eat a cronut. It’s in the Runner’s Handbook – Chapter 8: Victory Laps

cronut time after run (668x501)

The one tiny fail of the day was I made a special trip to the store last week for the allusive Salted Caramel Gu and I forgot to take it during the race!!! So, I still don’t know the awesomeness.

salted carmel gu (376x501)

Monican, you just ran the Holiday Half Marathon – your last race of the year. What are you going to do next?!

We’ll never know because SR cut off the video

Question: Have you tried a cronut or the new gu flavor yet?

Disclaimer: The race organizers provided me with this bib in exchange for a blog post. All opinions are my own.


  1. says

    Cute recap…and just for the record I did read the first part to the tune of Rudolph …I can follow directions like that. ha!

    21 races…yep, that’s cray!

  2. says

    My workout today was 40 minutes of snow shoveling…I can’t believe you got to run in shorts and a t-shirt! (And yes, in case you were wondering that 40 minutes was just to find my car…)

  3. Suzanne says

    Congrats on 21 races for the year!! I love the salted caramel gu. It is my favorite so far. Can’t wait to see what your plans are for next year.

  4. Steph F. says

    Congrats on a great last race of the year! I seem to be in the minority on this, but I find the salted caramel GU really revolting (and I am someone who LOVES caramel almost more than life itself).

    I’m jealous of the cronut – I need to try one ASAP! My first half was in November of 2010, after which I baked a pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream to celebrate. That tradition has stuck for me even during summer halves :)

    Happy holidays!

  5. Kristin Shotter says

    the new salted carmel gu is was a great idea in theory, BUT… alas it wasn’t so amazing yesterday during my run. had to say it was pretty hard to finish. i should stick with what i know, mint chocolate!

  6. says

    Congratulations on the 21 races! That is crazy-awesome! I love the salty GU! Maybe a little too much because I bought like 2 loved them and then went and bought 2 full boxes and they are almost gone and that was about 3 weeks ago! :) So yummy!

  7. says

    I really want to try a cronut! I wish I could find a gluten-free one, but then it probably wouldn’t taste as good, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you.

  8. april says

    congrats on finishing 21 races this year! you completely surpassed your goal – woohoo!

    loved the race recap… i even sang along in my head as i read it :)

  9. Rob Runs says

    Cronut, no. Salted caramed Gu, yes. I bought two boxes and I still find it hard not to just bust out a packet after dinner and have it as dessert. So. Good.

  10. Angela says

    They should make the Salted Caramel Gu a regular on their line. It is AMAZING!!!! I was literally at a gag-still with gu’s and gels and then a friend of mine gave me one of those. I could have cut that package open and licked it clean. Taste like a Wether’s Original to me. I highly recommend trying it, like yesterday.

  11. says

    Congrats! The Salted Caramel GU is delicious; it’s right up there with Espresso Love for me. I need to order a box or two; I think it’s seasonal or limited edition or some crazy nonsense.

  12. Ginger M. says

    Way to go on all the races! I LOVE that salted caramel GU, and I don’t really like GU. It tastes like candy! YUM.

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