I was hesitant to do the Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon…I hadn’t been doing many long runs since I switched over to the Nike Frees. My longest run was 9 miles on Jan 2nd and then I did 8 miles on Jan 31st. But I had already paid for the expensive race and I just felt like doing it. I was going to go slow and take my time…just finish and have fun.
I decided to run in my Nike Frees…I had done 8 in them, so I figured I would try 13.
On Sunday, Feb 7th, I got up at 5 AM and left the house at 5:30. I was there really early. But parking is a bitch at this race because there are 20,000 RUNNERS!! I had no idea it had become this big. I remember their inaugural race way back like 10 or more years ago.
But I got there early and waited around for a while. I really didn’t have nervous stomach, but I was excited to run. I was yawning at the start, which wasn’t a good sign.
Once i FINALLY started, I felt good and even through there were so many runners, it wasn’t that packed. I really started feeling really good and warmed up around mile 4. And I was keeping the same pace (although I had no idea what it was). Around mile 8 i really, really felt good. I was cruising and just enjoying myself. I was shocked that I felt this way…..I was passing people left and right. I really felt like my old running self and was having quite a running high.
At mile 12 I got a side cramp because I ate some Sharkies…i don’t think I will eat those again. I’ll stick to gu next time. But I was still running strong.
At the finish line I felt great and truly felt like I could have gone further…maybe I should have run faster?? Next time I will…but this one I just wanted to finish. I was shocked at my time – 1:52:03 and 8:33 min/mile pace. I was hoping to finish in under 2:00 hours, but wasn’t sure if i could make it. I was thinking 10:00 min/mile would be what I would do….but to my shock, I went much faster. Made me realize even though I never feel like I am training enough, maybe I am doing a good job (and the hard work is paying off). I really want to continue to get faster with track work and tempo runs. I may run the OC marathon instead of Half marathon.