Holiday Half Marathon Race Review

Pomona Holiday Half Marathon 2013

On Sunday Ellen and I ran the Holiday Half Marathon in Pomona. The week before the race I kept going back and forth trying to decide whether I wanted to treat this as a race or as a fun run. I’ve been running lots of races, and have been happy with my results. I wasn’t feeling inspire by a specific goal so I ultimately decided not to stress and just have fun with this run. I also really wanted to go out Friday and Saturday night to celebrate the start of my three week break from work.

Carbo-Loading on Saturday Afternoon

Brent helping me carbo-load at The Tripel on Saturday afternoon

Ellen and I ran the entire race together. She had also just flown in from India the night before so we had a lot of catching up to do. Run Racing, the same event management group that organizes the Long Beach Marathon, put on this fun and incredibly well-organized race. One of the things I love most about signing up for races across Southern California is getting to explore new spots. The mountains in Pomona were beautiful this weekend after our recent rain. It was awesome to be running in shorts and a t-shirt with snow capped mountains in the background. The race started at 8AM, which was great because it meant we didn’t have to get up super early. I picked Ellen up at 6:15 and we had plenty of time to get to Pomona, pick up our packets and get ready to run.

photo (36)The course had rolling hills and looped around a reservoir.I didn’t look at my splits during the race. We were kinda all over the place. We finished the race in 1:46. Ellen is a rockstar considering she was jet-lagged and tired, and a year ago 1:46 would have been a PR for her. We grabbed as many snacks as we could (gotta love the mini-cliff bars) then went straight to the massage tent to beat the lines. After some mingling we drove back and were in LA by 11. It was a great way to spend the morning! After all that running I actually just wanted to sit (shocking) so Brent and I went to see The Imitation Game. Awesome movie. Go see it.

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Thinking of running this race next year?

PROs:

  • Race day packet pick up. HUGE PRO!
  • Bubble snow flakes at the start
  • Festive! Even the finish line area looked like a Christmas Fair with all the tens.
  • Scenic loop course
  • Cute snowflake medal
  • Lots of pacers
  • Lots of water and the volunteers were super supportive
  • Variety of post race snacks
  • Best post race massage I’ve ever had!!!!

CONs:

  • Although much of the course is scenic, some parking lot running
  • Started 5 minutes late
  • Be prepared to pay $10 for parking
  • Some runners were intimidated by the rolling hills

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

PLEASE STOP ME IF I EVER GET THIS CRAZY. Nobody cares if you ran a 3:04 or 3:05.

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View in Playa Del Rey on my Saturday Run

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Post rain walk on the beach with Brent, Alaina and Carly

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The infamous Randy’s Donuts (last day of school tradition)

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Thank you Manhattan Beach!

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Happy Running!

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