Monday, January 19, 2015

Carlsbad Half Marathon Race Recap

Yesterday I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon...the race I had been training for 10 weeks. I love this race because not only does it start off as the my first race of the year but the course is absolutely stunning. The course is relatively flat with about three hills. You run along the beautiful California coast for about 9 miles. At a little over mile 6 the race turns around and you just run back to the start.

We left my parents house at about 6am and headed to the race. The race was in Carlsbad and my parents live in El Cajon so it took about 45 minutes to get there since my mom drives a bit on the slower side. The race started at 7:45am so it still allowed for plenty of time to get there and stop by the restroom before the start. It always get super packed so my mother and hubby just dropped me off and headed to mile 6. They always cheer me on where the course turns around. 

When I first signed up for the race last year I had every intention to run the race in less than 2 hours so it placed me in Corral 3. Of course this was all before my plantar fasciitis kicked in. The day before race day my feet were killing me. On top of that I was getting over knee pain from a fall I suffered last week. Oh and yeah I was still recovering from getting sick last week too. Hot mess I tell ya! 

So when I got dropped off, the nerves started to sink in. All I wanted was to run the race pain free, but I just couldn't see that happening with everything going on. The thought of running 13.1 miles was starting to affect me. I wanted to try to enjoy the race as much as possible. Didn't want my first race of 2015 to be a downer.  So I told myself to run the race at an easy pace and if I needed to stop and walk for a bit that it would be okay.

During miles 1-4 I was doing surprisingly well. My pace was about 8:30 give or take 10 seconds. I felt good. No pain at all. I just kept listening to my body and it was telling me to keep going. Honestly I was just shocked I felt great. Of course I knew the hills were going to start and just as I suspected my pace dropped significantly as those suckers came. My legs were so tired at this point and all I kept thinking was when is it mile 6? I needed my cheering squad.

My mother didn't take the greatest pictures but I was just ecstatic to see her. When I did the turn around my husband started running with me and I couldn't be happier to have him with me. I needed him to push me to finish. My music never started to play during the entire race so I didn't have that extra push. I needed to have that extra push since it mentally helps me every time. 

At mile 8, my husband told me "Look at all the miles you've done already!" It was true...the miles were flying by at this point. I just couldn't believe I was over half way done and I had gotten a second wind.  I felt the blisters starting to form but my legs were fine. I knew that if I could just keep this pace up I could quite possibly get a sub 2 hour half marathon! The thought of that happening kept pushing me towards that finish line.

At mile 11 it was all down hill from there...literally. My legs were so happy to go downhill since the hills just about killed me. I gave it all I got and when I saw the 13 mile sign my husband went to the side and let me cross the finish line by myself.  I could hear him screaming on the side, "Go! Use your legs! Sprint!" I felt like I was sprinting but honestly I could barely pick up my legs. My arms were moving but that's about it.  And then just when I could barely go I hear my mother cheering me on! It was just what I needed as I crossed that finish line. I looked at my Garmin and was absolutely shocked to see my time.

Yep! I finished in less than 2 hours!!! With everything that I had going on I was so ecstatic to see a sub 2 hour time. It was a PR for this race course to top it off. For years I kept running around a 2:02-2:10 finish time, so it just made my day to see this time. 

The finish line sure was chaotic but it flowed well. I got my medal right away and then proceeded to get my goodies and meet my family. I was even happier my asthma didn't act up and didn't have to head over to the medical tent. 

I want to take the time to thank my mother and husband for cheering me on every time during this race. My mother always drives me there and meets me at the same location to cheer me on every time. Rain or shine I know I can count on her being there. Yeah her pictures are blurry but that is besides the point. And I especially want to thank my husband. He is my biggest supporter and I love the fact that he pushed me during this race. Without him I don't know if I could've gotten my time. I am also super proud of him since this is the most miles he has ran in a very long time. 

The race was amazing and I highly recommend others to run this one. It is a great race to start off your year and motivate you to keep going. Now the countdown begins. One race done, six more to go! Next one is March 1st, The Heavenly Half Marathon. So today I am just going to relax and plan my training for my next race. Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoy your Monday.

How was your weekend?
Did you race this weekend?

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  1. Congrats Daisy, that's an awesome effort! Isn't it funny that sometimes you have the best runs when you least expect it :)

    1. Thank you! I was so shocked! I am still on cloud nine that I did so well.

  2. Congrats on your course PR and your sub-2 hour finish! How exciting - especially after you illness, fall and PF!

    1. Thank you so much Tina! I am still so happy I did well considering everything.

  3. I ran the St. George Half Marathon in St. George, Utah. It was a very hilly race and I got my PR! Which I'm super happy about!

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    1. That's awesome! It is always a great feeling getting that PR especially after a hilly race.

  4. Congrats on your PR! What an accomplishment?! I have a 15K this coming Sunday :)

    1. Thank you Alaina! Good luck on your race this Sunday!!

  5. CONGRATS, girl!! Love that you were able to finish under 2, just like you worked for!!

  6. Congrats on your race!! Such a great thing to be happily surprised when glancing at a Garmin ;)