Wes and Hilary picked me up a few minutes after 6 AM. We got to Santa Cruz close to 7 AM. It sure was nice not having to drive myself. When we got close, we had to sit in traffic because they were incredibly slow taking the parking lot fee. I was originally trying to get Dave to go to the race but then I knew if I did, he'd complain a lot, make me drive, and then I'd also have the stress of trying to meet up with Hilary before the race so I stopped bugging him. I did tell myself that now I can get him to go to another race at some point.
By the time we walked to the start, we only had about a half hour to kill. We picked a meeting place for after the race so we didn't spend forever looking for each other. It was a bit chilly in the morning.
Hilary and I were running the half marathon that started at 8. Hilary's sister, Emily, was running the 5k that started at 8:30. I wish Wes ran a race but he did not. And he's really good too.
Hilary and I started together. We stuck together until the first water stop. At each water stop, I had to walk to drink water. Hilary would jog to drink the water so she'd get a little ahead of me. Then I would be about 20 ft behind her for what felt like forever. I think I'd catch up after a mile but then a mile later there would be another water stop.
In total there were 6 water stations. Only 1 had Gatorade. The Gatorade was pink and tasted awful. I definitely felt like there should have been more aid stations.
The weather was 55-65 degrees. I'm not exactly sure. But it was extremely sunny. I had on sunscreen and still got a sunburn on my face and shoulders. I might end up with raccoon eye tan lines if I keep getting burned like this. I kept hearing people talk about how the weather was great but there was no shade so I hated it.
The middle 5 miles were on trails. The trail wasn't that wide so I didn't like it. It was too hard to pass people or catch up to Hilary. She'd be 10 feet ahead of me but really far away.
The finish was on the beach. Some people talked about how awesome that was but I disagreed. Running on sand is a lot harder. That impacted my kick at the end. But then after you finish, you walk around to get food and water and you just constantly kick sand in your shoes. Then I fight with this sand for weeks and it constantly gets on my socks even though I think I get rid of it all.
I previously went to Santa Cruz to run about 7 miles of the course so we knew what we'd be getting into. Well it felt hillier during the race than when we went last time.
Originally my goal was 9:30 pace to 10:00 pace. I did do better than that but my recent long runs had a pace of 9:30 and a pace of 9:39. Most people say they do a lot better in races than long runs. I don't. I also get told I'm not exhausted enough after a race so I must not push myself enough.
My Garmin said 13.06. My garmin was right on par with each mile marker except between 7 and 8 it was .03 behind. Then I was .03 behind the entire way until the last .1. Hilary's Garmin was right on at 13.1. I wasn't even running the tangents. Usually long races my Garmin is long not short so this was weird.
I didn't see anyone taking race photos. I saw a few random people photographing but they weren't photographing everyone. I'm a little disappointed by this. I want some pictures.