Happy day to you.
Yesterday, I ran the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA.
As many of you know, this race has been on my bucket list for a while.
I registered for the race back in 2014, but had to DNS because of my stupid injury.
So, I was determined to vindicate myself.
The weather predicted unusually HOT temperatures on race day.
With a 7:45 am race start time, I was nervous about the heat.
If you have read my Shoreline Half Marathon race review, you already know how much I HATE running in the heat.
Hate, with a capital H.
Yes, I know, this is something I need to get over.
I will… some day.
Fortunately, my race outfit was perfect for the temperatures…
and I fit in nicely with the “beach vibe”, don’t you think?
I think so.
I drove down on Saturday morning and was able to check into my hotel early.
After some shopping, I headed over to the Expo to pick up my packet.
The expo was HUGE!
There were lots of big names there…
Running Skirts, ProCompression and Nuun, were a few of my personal favorites.
And, I may or may not have registered for the OC Marathon while I was there.
I received a cute long sleeved tech shirt, my bib and a decorative race bag.
After the expo, I set my sights on dinner.
I wanted to eat early so my food had time to digest.
I drove around Irvine trying to find a Mediterranean restaurant, but every one I drove to was either closed or out of business.
I finally settled on a fancy Italian restaurant.
I was carb-loading.
Dinner was fantastic!
Then, I headed back to the hotel to lay everything out and get ready for my 5 am wake up call.
I woke up, as per usual, earlier than expected.
I got myself situated and headed over to the starting line.
I could not believe the number of people who were running this race.
There were atleast 15,000 people.
I was instructed by my coach to run the first half at a 10 min mile pace and to run the 2nd half at a 9 min mile pace.
So, right out of the gate, I knew this could be a PR for me… ff I could just stick with the plan.
I knew that I could do it!
As you can see from the elevation chart, there is a fairly steady incline but it’s relatively flat-ish.
In my opinion, the course is more “rolling hills” than anything.
None of the hills were too difficult.
The ocean breeze was very welcoming as it started to get hot around 9 am.
There were aid stations at every mile (or so), which was very much appreciated.
Most races don’t have that many aid stations, so I was very impressed!
The majority of the race is along Highway 1 and the views are gorgeous!
I enjoyed every second of this race.
There were a LOT of people, but it was well organized and staffed appropriately to meet everyone’s needs.
The race swag was great as well.
I loved the “I ran this beach” shirt, and the medal was HUGE!
I also received my California Dreamin’ medal… so I walked away from this race with some serious bling!
Finish time: 2:05:18
Aaaaaannnnnnd new post-injury PR for me.
I dropped 6 minutes off of my time from last October.
6 whole minutes!
I am so stoked!
I definitely plan to run this one again.
See you next year Surf City!