This morning, Leo and I ran the Southern California Half Marathon, held in peaceful Irvine, CA. The race was set up to have around 6,000 participants, but it was extremely well run and organized.
We got there about 45 minutes early, and were able to park relatively close to the start with no problems. We picked up our numbers, timing chips, and swag bags (which…are not that swaggy, and contain mostly advertisements for other races) and t-shirts. I used the port-a-potties, and proceeded to feel like my hands were dirty for the rest of the day thanks to the giant “NON-POTABLE” signs on the handwashing stations. Ew.
We chilled in the car for awhile, stretched, and drank some Gatorade/water. Leo carried our 12 oz. Amphipod the entire race, full of orange Gatorade.We also put the finishing touches on our outfits. Leo was wearing a coordinated outfit from Loudmouth Golf (his sponsor), and I was wearing a matching Loudmouth skirt. We kept track of the comments on our outfits during the race, we got up to 15!
We made our way to the start and hung out in the 10:00-11:00 corral. The race start was uneventful, and the roads were nice and wide, eliminating a lot of dodging. After about 3 miles the course moved to some riverside bike paths, which made passing walkers a little more difficult, but I never had to change my pace to accommodate anyone else on the course. I had to stop for a bathroom break around mile 5, but ran the rest of the race without incident.
I felt fabulous until mile 10, when I really started hurting. It was mostly my feet, but my IT band on my right leg was acting up also. Leo did such an awesome job of encouraging me through the last 3 miles, and we crossed the finish line with an unofficial Garmin time of 2:25.00. Afterwards, we hobbled back to the car, and I sat and stretched for awhile while we refueled with the drink of champions. (Actually, Monster Rehab is better, but you take what you can get).
I’ve been in a lot of pain for the rest of the day, but have been icing a ton, and stretching as I can move various parts. Mostly just drinking lots of water and eating lots of carbs. Tomorrow I’ll be waking up early to watch Leo run another 13.1 miles in his quest to run 366K in January! I’m so glad that I got to run one of his races with him this month, he’s my favorite running partner.