I ran the City to the Sea Half Marathon over the weekend, and I must say, it was glorious.
you probably already know…
I took home another shiny new PR!
(A special thanks to PaceBands for providing me with the 2:12:30 band I used during this race… it was SO HELPFUL.)
No, this is not an overall PR, but considering I started the year running a 2:19 Half Marathon…
I am grateful to be where I am now.
The race just so happened to fall on my birthday, so it was an awesome present to give myself.
The race started at 7 AM in downtown San Luis Obispo.
(which was a treat because I live down the street)
It winds through the Bob Jones Trail
(my favorite place to run)
and ends at the Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach.
(a few cities over)
Yes, I know, it’s a gorgeous finish!
Because it has been ridiculously hot (think 101 degrees HOT) lately,
I was stressed that I was going to see a repeat of Shoreline, but luckily that didn’t happen.
As you can see from the elevation chart, the first 5 miles are pretty much downhill,
Which was awesome.
I started out holding a 10 minute mile pace, and told myself I would back off around mile 6 (at the first hill) if I started feeling tight.
I hit the first large hill and chanted to myself, “I eat hills for breakfast”!
Which really helped me get through it.
After getting through the first big hill, I arrived at the part of the race I was really looking forward to…
The Bob Jones Trail.
I always feel really peaceful and fast on this trail, so I attempted to use this nostalgia to my advantage.
I felt great and was holding my pace.
And thennnn, the 2nd large hill came at mile 10.
It felt never-ending!
However, this was where my hill training came into play.
Yes, I was tired, but I refused to walk.
I passed a lot of people during that section of the race, which was an awesome feeling.
Miles 11-13 were a big beautiful blur.
I loved running next to the ocean and it provided a little breeze that was definitely needed.
And in typical RatherBeRunnin’ style, I sprinted to the end.
Finish time: 2:11.18
If you ever have the opportunity to run this race, I highly recommend it.
It’s a small town race, but it is well managed, has great scenery, and a fantastic finish!