Hello! I just had the busiest weekend! I went to New Orleans for the Shiftcon Blog Conference and then got back just in time to run the Lexus Lace Up Riverside Half Marathon! I’ll blog about Shiftcon tomorrow. Today we’re just talking about the race… did you race or run this weekend?
I ran the Lexus Lace Up Irvine 10K last year, but haven’t done this race in their series before. They have four different races around SoCal. This race is the last one for the year but I’ll try and get ya a discount code for next year if you want to come run.
The Riverside race has a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. It’s a fairly small race on a quiet course. It was cool today, but just about perfect for running 13.1 miles.
This morning I woke up around 4:30am to get ready. I needed some extra time to factor in a.) getting lost (always do) and b.) picking up my bib.
I love that they allow race day packet pick-up. This is one of my favorite things because I don’t know if you’re aware of this but Southern California has one teeny tiny drawback = the traffic makes you want to die. Literally get out of your car, climb on the roof and ask God to kindly beam you up to Heaven so you don’t pee in your pants since you’ve been sitting in traffic for 2 hours inching along.
Dear All Race Directors, Please let us pick-up our packets on race day. Thank you. xoxoxoxo, Monican.
Right before the race I saw Santa Claus!!
I took a picture with him and told him what I want for Christmas. My list includes unlimited free race entries, a year’s supply of Spark, 22 puppies and IG to come out with a filter that hides under-eye bags. Unfortunately he thought that was weird and it became awkward quick.
I saw Pam and Linzie at the start line too!
The course was on a bike path, mostly asphalt. There was a short section through a neighborhood too. I think it was pretty, but quiet.
Just before the race I checked out the course elevation profile (nothing like waiting till the last minute). It had a few good rolling hills and a two steep ones, but I thought the profile looked harder than it was.
I felt pretty good during the race. But I had a weird issue with my music. For some reason it just stopped playing 3 times?? I don’t know if I picked a playlist that wasn’t downloaded on my phone or what, but I had to try to switch it while running which was pretty hard.
Lexus Lace Up Riverside half marathon finish time: 1:47:28. I’m happy with it.
The Lexus Lace Up Race Series has a ton of perks. If you use their Instagram handle during the race they print out the picture. Then, you can stop by the Instagram Print Shop and pick it up! I got my Santa pic.
They printed out my Santa picture! This is going to be my Christmas card.
And every runner gets a ticket for a beer (typical at many races) but runners also get a meal from a fancy food truck! They have a few different food trucks at the post-race party and you get to order something from any of them.
Good food just puts the cherry on top of a good race, am I right? I got a chimchurri bowl with chicken, beans, rice and their fancy sauce.