Palm Springs Half Marathon Recap Results and Regrets

getting ready to go out in palm springs (438x438)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by my best friend and I blame her for all of it.

cindy in palm springs (376x502)

Yesterday I drove up to Palm Springs for the New Balance PS Half Marathon. Palm Springs is only 2 hours and away. It was perfect because my best friend lives there so we planned a whole fun night before the race.


This was the starting point…

palm springs casino spa (727x545)

It was a BLAST in a glass. I didn’t want to drink too much so I only did shots so I could keep better track of how much I was drinking (because it’s hard to know how much alcs is in a cocktail sometimes). Whelp. That was not the best choice. Damn Patron.

monica and michael in palm springs (438x438)

It was a l-o-n-g night!

party time excellent (328x438)

We ended up at Ihop. Hey, I needed to get some extra carbs in before the race.

3am carb loading (376x502)

Two hours later Cindy and I had to wake up and get ready for the race. (That is when I hate myself for staying out and drinking and la-di-da…)

Cindy ran the 5k and ROCKED it!

me and cindy palm springs half marathon (328x438)

Palm Springs Half Marathon

Course: Gorgeous! I had heard a few things about this race, but I feel like no one does it justice when describing the course. It is beautiful! The mountains and palm trees create a backdrop behind huge mansions to start. It’s pretty flat too.

streets of palm springs (376x502)

palm springs half marathon recap running review (669x502)

palm springs half marathon recap running blog (669x502)

before palm sprins half marathon 5k recap (438x438)

Half Marathon results: 1:47:23

palm springs half marathon results (376x502)

palm springs half marathon recap new balance (328x438)

Overall: Awesome race. It was very well organized. I couldn’t pick up my bib until this morning and I was in and out in a minute. Plenty of porta-potties, started on time. I wish there was more aid stations – but that may just be because I was very hung over/dehydrated and my throat was scratchy the whole time.

palm springs half marathon recap post race (669x502)

palm springs half marathon recap banana (376x502)

new balance palm springs half marathon (376x502)

Post-race we showered and headed back to the casino for the Champagne Brunch. We got there at 11am, but they close from 11 to 11:30 to resent from breakfast to brunch. So, we had to wait 30 minutes and I was already super super hungry!! By the time we got to brunch I was ready to make a dent in it.

champagne brunch after palm sprins half marathon recap (438x438)

And I did.

brunch round one (669x502)egg yolk porn (376x502)ice cream buffet (376x502)

Sadly after brunch it was time to head home. Boo. I had such a fun time with Cindy! I’ll be back soon.

driving to palm springs half marathon recap (438x438)

Question: What was the best part of your weekend?


  1. says

    Haha your hungover time puts me to shame. Way to go girl!!
    The best part of my weekend was trying a new restaurant, I love food. Tragic,I know!

  2. Allison T. says

    You are a beast. I would have died if I had been hungover from tequila. My half time was 2:30…so you’re amazing. Looks like you had a great time, though!

  3. says

    “I’m taking it easy tonight” are words that typically foreshadow the worst hangovers of my life.
    I’m proud of you though! What is the point of racing if you aren’t going to enjoy the places it takes you? :)

  4. says

    Hangover and no sleep and 1:47 time? That is incredible. You are too cool to make a fun weekend out of a half marathon.. I’d be sleeping in at 8 and eating whole wheat toast with jam or something like that..

  5. Nico says

    Whaaaa? Blows my mind.. you do that while hungover? What’s your PR? I forget, and can’t seem to locate it on your blog!

  6. ali says

    like everyone else who commented, im so impressed you can run a half with a great time on 2 hrs of sleep & post tequila. ive noticed you drank some nights before your previous races too! how do you do that? i know i couldn’t (im athletic, go to the gym five times a week), so does it just come with being an experienced runner? i sometimes try to work out after a night of drinking in hopes it will make me feel better, but my workouts always end up being half a**ed / i feel even more hungover&dehydrated. any tips????

  7. says

    Oh running a half or any race sucks when you are hungover. I did that last year for a 10k and a 5k. Luckily, I did pretty well in both races. But, I won’t be going out the night before a race again. 1-2 beers is my max!

  8. says

    Weekend was all about Chinese New Year (yes, still! Coz CNY is technically 15 days!) – potluck dinner with a running group on Saturday and breakfast run-cum-breakfast-afterwards with 2 running groups on Sunday. Will try to post some pics later tonight.

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  10. says

    I’m pretty (as in a lot) impressed that you can run that time after only 2 hours of sleep and a night of drinking! That is amazing.

    That race course looks so beautiful though. I’m sure it’s even better in person!

  11. val says

    I am impressed…When I am hungover I cant think of anything but buttered toast and sleep. You know how to ROCK a hangover!

  12. says

    All you can eat brunch is amazing after races! I love running Disneyland 1/2 because there’s an all you can eat brunch for only $15 and they have amazing food. I wish there were more brunch places around me!

  13. says

    haha! I ran a 1/2 marathon w/my sister while I was hungover (or still drunk) once. It didn’t work out as well for me as it did for you! I ended up running into a laundry mat and asking that nice old lady to use her personal bathroom. I felt bad. Dominoes is always a bad idea, but especially when you’re drinking and it’s 3 hours before your race.

  14. Tanya says

    Yes very impressive! did you feel hung over at all? I was so impressed with running a 1:50 on my last half but 1:47!! Looks so gorgeous there and WARM! Well done !

  15. says

    Hangover aside, I’m extremely jealous of 1) your energy level, and 2) the weather. It’s 20 degrees in CT with snow on the ground.

    I love blogs that mix fun with weight loss. And it sure looks like you’re having a grand old time.

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  17. says

    The best thing about the weekend for me was that I celebrated my 49th birthday on Sunday. I’m embracing my age and not fighting it. After all 49 is the new 35, right? I was supposed to do a half marathon on Saturday the 8th but it got postponed until the 15th because the route is/was too icy. Thus increasing my envy of your palm trees and sunshine.

  18. says

    I have to ask. what brand shorts are those you’re wearing in your fancy one legged finisher pic? I love the length and look. I need to find some exactly like them.

  19. says

    super jealous of your time, especially given your circumstances, lol!!! Lucky! How often do you run half marathons? Have you ever done the Huntington Beach or OC ones?

  20. says


    I love the pictures, that looks like a fun race. I hope to head out to Palm Springs in December for the HIT Half Ironman. I can’t wait

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