San Diego Half
Friday, March 15, 2013
My body and mind are still getting used to "real" time after being two time zones away from home and having daylight savings time hit. Luckily, I can sleep in and nap a little this weekend to catch up.
San Diego is a beautiful city! I'm an active vacationer, so we explored Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Old Town, Coranado, and downtown SD. We loved the surfer vibe in OB. That was definitely the area that we felt most comfortable in.
Sunday's weather was perfect to run in. It was a little chilly to start, but never got too warm. The course was very scenic. I loved running by the bay. This was my BF's first half, so he was pretty nervous beforehand. We started out slow, but got into the groove by mile 4. That ended abruptly when we hit the huge hill that was all of mile 8 plus. I personally like hills and the challenge they provide. The BF, well, not so much. We kept our intervals going until almost to the top when we walked a little extra. My attempts at being a cheerleader for the BF fell flat, but we picked right up with our planned intervals once we hit the top of the hill. It was downhill from mile 10 to the finish line, so we ramped it up and finished strong. We finished 5 minutes faster than my previous half time! Being able to cross the finish line hand in hand after all those hours of training was such a fabulous feeling. It's a blessing to have such a great training partner!!
I truly thought that I'd suffer from some burnout and be ready to take a short break from running, but am amazed to feel just the opposite. I felt so good after this race - a little sore, but recovered quickly. As I ran, I kept thinking of what I needed to tweak for my next race. Definitely more strength training with loads of squats and lunges. It'll be nice when this Iowa weather straightens out so we can run outside the majority of the time.
I'm feeling the renewal that spring brings deep within me. I want to hold that feeling tight and not lose it. It feels so good!!