Happy Thursday all. I just went to the bank and as much as I love numbers, I do not love banks or finances or looking at student loan numbers. So let’s focus on something more fun before work…
I ran the Surfers Point 1/2 Marathon in Ventura on Saturday with my good friend, Chris.
Packet pick up was at the Sport Chalet in Ventura which was painless. I then attended this CrossFit competition in Ventura as a spectator and it was cray! I am not a huge fan of CrossFit (it scares me when people without proper form lift super heavy weights they probably shouldn’t be lifting, myself included! I also sustained horrible bicep injuries from one too many pull ups one time so I tapped out) but there were some badass athletes there!! I have never seen men and women jump rope so well, the Rocky theme song has never been so fitting….
I then ate a paleo friendly pre-race dinner. Well the picture I took is paleo friendly, I then added cheese and bread and wine, to un-paleo the meal. It was delish x 500.
The race itself was beautiful. Parking was super easy. It was the first year for this race so it was nice and small. I need to step up my game because there is really no excuse to not run faster when you run along this for 13.1 miles….
Go, Chris, Go! Chris is about 25% the size of me. She also ran twice as far as me. Badass.
I loved the course, it was out and back. The full marathon had to do that twice (no thank you). Not a lot of spectators but I did a lot of surfing watching during the run and it was awesome. Plenty of water stations.
Pre-race, I ran in my Under Armour cold weather pants which was not a good idea in SoCal, I love them for cold weather runs but I always forget that at 5 am it always looks colder than it will actually be at the start of the race, one day I will learn. I ended up ditching the long sleeve before the run started. I wore my phone on my arm because I was by myself, I have never actually listened to music during a race but maybe one day I will try that. My old skool garmin still worked like a charm!
I ended up running a 1:43:43 which I was happy with considering my lack of recent long runs. Chris came in 2nd in her age group in the FULL. She is awesome! I would highly recommend this race, I am a big fan of Ventura.