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HM #10 + new PR = San Diego ROCKED!!!!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

What better excuse to escape the AZ heat than a HM in San Diego. It is HEAVEN to be running in 60 degree temps. This was HM #10 for me and the course and the weather created the perfect environment for me to shave 7 minutes off my best time for a new PR of 2:40:24!!! Woohoo!!!

We started the weekend by driving over to San Diego on Friday (My DH and I rode over with his brother and his wife). First stop was the Expo for our race stuff....this was my sister-in-law's 4th HM. One of the biggest and best expos so far on the RnR circuit. Saturday was a day to RELAX and enjoy the sights of San Diego. First up was Seaport Village.

Even with the wind blowing, these did not budge. Hmmmmm. Lots of street vendors and lots of clear skies and cool ocean breezes.

Then we headed over to Harbor Island where we spotted Capt Jack racing a jet ski....LOL

Race day was picture June Gloom this year. The cool, clear morning quickly warmed up by the 6:15 start time. This was my 7th HM running in the same pair of Vibram 5 Fingers so I guess I'm a moving endorsement.

There were 32,000 participants in this years marathon/half-marathon and relay. So if you don't like crowds this is not the place to be. My sister-in-law Jo Ann and I posing with our latest 'BLING'.

I missed the Half Fanatics group picture but along the race another HF spotted my shirt and I recognized her from I got to run with RUNNRGRRL74 (Holly) for a little while. One of those MENT2BE moments. She was running with the Team In Training group from Florida.

After the race (and a shower) we headed to Old Town San Diego where I met up with another Sparker MARATHONMOM26.2 (Tammy and Bob) and her DH.

They did the MARSOC (Marine Corps) Mud Run at Camp Pendleton while we were doing the HM on Sunday morining. What a hoot to hear about that much fun, so much history. Thanks again Tammy for driving down to join the family for some margaritas and mexican food.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to do a Rock n Roll event, here is a sample of the HIGH energy. I did not get to see this in person since I was in the 'potty' line but it was all over the news after the race.

ROCK ON!!!!!!
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    that flash mob brought smiles and tears! How cool is that??

    I'm glad you had a great time. Love San Diego! I'll be out there in November.
    2499 days ago
    Congrats on your new PR! Scott and I were there but didn't see you!
    2519 days ago
    Awesome race report. Number 10 for you? That's terrific. I'm doing my first this weekend. I can't wait. I hope I love it, as you apparently do. I wanna be just like YOU when I grow up!!! LOL Congratulations. You ROCK!!!
    2531 days ago
    I love your blog and even though I saw your pics on fb I really enjoyed seeing them in the context of your story. So very glad you've committed to Tink! We'll face so much fun!
    2564 days ago
    Awesome job on your PR!!! Wow, just you doing this blog for San Diego, makes me want to sign up for this exact race for next year! BTW, I'm leaving for Seattle on 6/23 for the Seattle RnR!!! Woohoo!!!

    2566 days ago
    Congratulations! Way to work it and a PR at that!
    Thank you for sharing - my hubby was out there cheering ppl on - sounds like there was some great entertainment :)
    Crazy flash mob - I have yet to see one of those in person lol
    2566 days ago
    Love it! I hope one day (when the babies get older) to be able to travel around to all these lovely places and run half-marathons. I love reading your are such an inspiration!!

    Great job with the new PR! emoticon
    2566 days ago
    Wow you shaved off SEVEN MINUTES?!?!?! That is HUGE!!!

    Glad you had a good time. And the weather sounds fantastic, I'm in the upper 90s here in Georgia and I don't go outside.

    Thanks for posting your race report, so inspirational!

    Keep on truckin'.
    2566 days ago
    Congrats! Sounds like a great race, and a FANTASTIC new PR!!!
    2566 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    Congrat's on your race.... I'm sooo jealous that you got to visit with Tammy - I LOVE HER and miss her dearly!

    Enjoy your recovery!
    2566 days ago
    Awesome! It's something on my bucket list now. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.
    2566 days ago
  • STIPER23
    How great that you got to meet up with so many other Sparkers! I've only met one other SP member.
    2566 days ago
    Congrats!!! WTG on the PR! You did awesome!
    I would have loved to have done this run but I'll be doing the Seattle RnR on the 25th. Just couldn't swing a 3rd West Coast Trip this year since I'll also be doing the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon in August!

    But I'll get out your way eventually! Just you watch me!
    2566 days ago
    Congratulations on another finish and a PR! Nice post, too! Loved the pics!
    2566 days ago
    Congrats!! It was a very fun race!!
    2567 days ago
    emoticon on the PR!!! And your 10th HM!!! WooHoo!!!

    Such a fun and inspiring blog. Thanks for posting.
    2567 days ago
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    2567 days ago
    Way to go on the new PR! I powerwalked the San Diego RnR full marathon a couple of times, and it was quite the experience! So glad you had a good time! Keep it up!!

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    2567 days ago
    RnR San Diego is definately on my to-do list.. Your report makes me want it even more.

    emoticon on the PR!
    2567 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    I'm with Denise.......I missed the flash mob too!

    It was great reading about your experience. Congrats on your PR. Happy that you got to do so much while you were in San Diego

    This was my first half marathon and I had a great time! I saw a couple of people wearing Vibrams were so far ahead of me I know neither could have been you! emoticon

    Congrats again on your PR!
    2567 days ago
    emoticon on a great race! I ran the RNR half in San Antonio a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it! I am glad you had such a wonderful time!
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    2567 days ago
    OMG! I love that flash mob! Wow! We probably passed each other on the highway. I was leaving San Diego headed for Texas on June 4th! The weather was to die for! Just awesome! Congratulations on your new time!!
    2567 days ago
    Congrats on the PR! That's awesome! I'd like to do a RnR half-marathon someday. Maybe in the next year or two. Think I'd like to do the Philadelphia one. I keep hearing about these Vibram Five Fingers. I am tempted to try a pair on a my running store one of these days.
    2567 days ago
    I'm sad that I missed the energy (and the flash mob haha) at the start line, but I am so glad I did this race as my first relay.

    How funny that you mention your Vibram's because at some point along my 5 miles I thought about those and looked around to see if anyone was wearing them, but I didn't spot any.

    I'm glad you got to enjoy the sights and visit with some friends while in SD.

    And a big WOOHOO on your new PR! I'm shooting for one myself in Vegas.
    2567 days ago
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