San Dieguito Half Marathon

I never thought that I’d say that this course, or any super hilly course for that matter, was fun.  But it was!  I threw this race into the mix as a training race after doing some solid biking and tri stuff this week.  I didn’t think that I would have the legs to handle the hills, but I did. Nutrition-wise, I felt like it was spot on and probably will do an expanded caloric intake of this “menu”  for the longer races.

“Good Athlete No Donut” things that I executed pre-race

First of all IT WAS A WINE/ALCOHOL FREE WEEK (minus a glass-shocking, I know)

Weight 3.8# above race weight (we triathletes like to be exact in these figures; god forbid that I was a whoppin’ 4# over……my day would have been shot…I would have been crying…. LOL….kidding)

Food  (Note 8:00 a.m. race start)

5:15 a.m. 1.5 GF English Muffins with 2 tsp Earth Balance fakey buttery spread sprinkled with sea salt.  What can I say, I like my salt.

Large coffee with Soy Milk

6:45 a.m. 2 bananas; 1/2 Kombucha 2000

7:45 a.m. Vega Energy Gel-Orange

Mile 6.5 (whatever time that was) Vega Energy Gel-Orange

Note:  Vega Energy Gels are really good—a 100 calorie mush of dates, chia, coconut oil and orange. The only problem is that the packaging is stiffer than most.  I angle the shoulders onto a bias (scissors required) so the packet doesn’t cut the sides of my mouth when slurping it down.

Post Race

  • 1 Kombucha (GT Synergy Ginger Flavor)
  • 10 Mary’s GF Crackers (these are the friggin’ bomb)
  • 1/2 cup of Vegan Quinoa Chili (race provided, thanks Hash House Harriers)
  • Within 1 hour Vega Recovery-based Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Race Notes:  My goal was to negative split the race and I did (probably because mile 2-3 is a straight uphill).  My friend, Nate Kredich, ran by me at mile one.  He was dressed in a grey top and shorts.  I told him that he looked like a naval vessel and struck up a brief conversation with him before he pulled ahead to an eventual sub 1:30. I was able to hold a conversational pace until the end when this uphill “magically” appeared out of nowhere for the entire last mile.   I almost caught a girl in my age group,  but the hill kicked in (and I didn’t) and she put 10 seconds on me.  Oh well. My zippy HERevolution teammate, Gina Correll, had a whopping 6 minute PR on the course and it was a great showing by the “almost” Grand Master’s women as I think we were all in the top 10 overall.  Yay Cougars!

Time: 1:34xx

Lotsa fun; glad to be out racing again; off to see Dan Selstad tomorrow for a little Achilles love!