Arroyo Creek Half Marathon Race Review 2015

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1-2-3 in our age group. Marta finished 2nd overall and I finished 1st overall. Official time was 1:27:09 🙂 Peter finished 3rd in his age group too. Awards all around! I love racing because it feels like a celebration of all those miles put in through training. On the way up to the race we talked about training, and the benefits of speed work vs. lots of miles. This race proved it’s those miles you put in. The more you run the faster you get. A few tempos here and there help, but it’s really about running consistently.

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Peter at the podium. Yes, I stole this from facebook. He ran a 1:32:05!11242688_10105346867840800_928927201579014799_n-1Marta took this very artsy picture of us checking out our times after the race. Impressive with the reflection and all! FullSizeRender (55)

And here are my splits. Not sure if anyone besides myself is interested. 
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I went into the race feeling really positive. I didn’t feel nervous, but did feel a little “ugh I have to push myself today.” You know how much I love sticking to my comfort zone. Because I felt so relaxed, I broke the #1 race day rule and tried something new on race day. I had coffee and two slices of this awesome cinnamon bread from Trader Joes. Nice, sweet and carbolicious.

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Yesterday’s carbs involved Kogi for lunch, and some pasta for dinner. Saturdays with no amigo running feel kinda empty.

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So the race. I never hit that 10 mile half marathon wall of wishing it was all over. I felt great throughout the race, and I know it’s because I just kept smiling and staying super positive during the entire run. I didn’t let any negative thoughts cross my mind, and I never felt sorry for myself. I really think this is crucial to a strong race. You have to smile and love the experience, and be thankful for being out there on the course. I was super excited about my time. I looked at my pace every mile, but didn’t look at my overall time because I love the surprise when you reach the finish line. I saw 1:26 on the clock and thought I might be able to hustle, but decided to save that for another PR 🙂 I’m super pumped about my time more than about winning because I broke my previous half marathon PR which I never thought would be possible because my previous PR was on a downhill course. I’m not interested in signing up for downhill courses anymore. It feels like cheating. I earned this 1:27, and I don’t need an asterisk next to my time. Being Cristina I finished and was pumped and proud of myself, but probably about a minute later I started thinking, “1:26…then maybe 1:25…” I don’t think I’ll ever reach a point where I’m ready to quit going for faster. I remember I used to think a sub 1:30 was official badass status. Well, I guess I’m a badass who is eager for more. Speaking of which, I need responses to my Boston question at the bottom of my last post…

Here are the sisters at the podium…

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And our prize…I also won $20 at Sports Authority. I’ll take it!

IMG_1349In marathon training news, I’m feeling 1000 times more relaxed this training season. I think knowing Brent and Ellen are running New York with me takes the pressure off. With Boston I was so concerned with just getting to the starting line healthy because everyone was going to watch ME. I’m glad the attention is shared this time around. Alrighty, off to run errands before dinner at the new Simzy’s in Venice Beach. It’s a celebration of a great run and to starting the 2015-2016 school year TOMORROW!

Thinking of running this race next year?

PROs:

  • Race day packet pick up. HUGE PRO!
  • Easy parking
  • Flushing toilet
  • Cute shirt (T-shirt. I haven’t been loving race tech shirts lately so I was happy with this.)
  • Small community feel
  • Lots of pacing options
  • Turn-around points where you can see your friends
  • Post race pancakes (sadly my stomach couldn’t handle them)

CONs:

  • Not the most exciting course
  • It was kinda hard to get water. I never knew if it was water or gatorade.
  • Lots of turn-arounds (although I liked that)
  • Lots of dips and uneven pavement
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