Surf City - T-Shirt

 

27 down only 25 to go.

Yay – over halfway through, I guess it’s time I actually started training. Sometimes, when I tell people that I’m running a HM every weekend they will ask me what I do to train and I have to say, “nothing”. Every weekend I plan to add at least 1 short run to my week, but I never do. I plan to start for real this week. I can walk right out my door and be steps from a beach path. No more excuses. I need to do something to up my game. I’m not getting much faster (although I am recovering faster) and I’m not losing weight anywhere near as quickly as I was hoping. In fact, I have done some major backsliding this move. In 3 week I have gained 6 pounds. WTF! OK Sharon, stop acting all surprised like this happened from drinking kale smoothies. I know exactly what happened. The Sunday before we left Oregon we had Tim’s mom over for pizza and wine, Monday we ate all 3 meals out, while packing, because we needed to pack the dishes, Tuesday more eating out and then on the road for 3 days and nights of road food and now that we are in San Diego we are trying out restaurants in our neighborhood. And all that sitting while Tim drove didn’t help, unless fretting burns calories. Time to get some healthy food and refocus. They had a booth at the expo for a company that delivers local organic fruits and vegetables. It looked great so we signed up and we got our first box this morning (Tuesday). It is awesome.

Now that I have mentioned the expo I should probably stop complaining about my fat ass and do a race report. We had to drive to Huntington Beach to pick up our shirt and bib. I know most larger races don’t have day of race pickup (it would be a logistical nightmare) but it was a hassle. Huntington Beach is a 2 hour drive, too close to get a hotel but still an extra 4 hours. Since we drove down we spent some time at the expo. Besides the delivery box we also found Tim’s favorite electrolyte drink in the hard to find flavor (Tangerine, Ginger) that he likes as well as a Mamma Chia booth. We usually have a Mamma Chia before every race so it was nice to find them at a deep discount.

Once again we had to get up at 3am on a Sunday to get ready and drive to the race. Our new neighbors must wonder what the hell we are doing on weekends that requires a 3am alarm.

This race was extremely well organized. We parked about a quarter mile from the start. It was a beautiful morning. It was a little chilly at sunrise but soon warmed up. It was downright hot by the end of the race. Unfortunately, heat is a major trigger for Tim’s a-fib. That’s why his time was slower this week. It seems really weird to be writing that it was too hot in February.

Surf City - Before the race

Before the race it was a little chilly

The race started in waves. I think this is a great idea for large races. I’m not sure what makes groups of walkers think they belong in the wave that expects to finish around 2:45. I always get stuck behind Gallowayers or in this case 4 walkers (big girls) who managed to block the whole road and then got annoyed when I tried to get past them. Even without the walkers who didn’t have enough sense to start in the back, I had to do a lot of weaving because this was a crowded race (over 20,000). Besides beautiful weather this race had beautiful scenery. A good part of it was run on the Pacific Coast Highway and had an ocean view.

Surf City - chemo shirt

Makes complaining about heat seem stupid

They had live music along the course which I thought was a nice touch. There was also a guy out there blasting christian rap out of a speaker and giving people high fives. Yes, christian rap. I have had the misfortune of hearing christian rock before but this is the first (and hopefully last) time that I have been exposed to christian rap.

I saw a woman stop and take a picture of this sign. I though it was really funny but I didn’t have my phone. Luckily great minds think alike and Tim got the picture I wanted.

Surf City - No Stopping

But I’m so tired

I only noticed a couple bicyclists but Tim got bumped by one. Aggressive bikers have been a recurring theme. Another thing I have been seeing more of is volunteers (especially teenagers) chatting on cellphones. At one aid station I came up, yelled water and got handed a sports drink by a girl on a cell phone who didn’t even look at me. Luckily I noticed it was pink because I was going to dump it over my head to cool down.

Tim is usually waiting for me at the finish line so we didn’t even think to designate a meetup place. Somehow he missed me as I came over the finish line. I didn’t see him so I just headed towards the expo hoping he would think I went to the nearest shade. Finally I borrowed a cell phone but got his stupid answering machine. After about 15 minutes I managed to borrow another phone and this time he picked up. We must always remember to have an, I can’t find you, spot.

Surf City - Finished!

Yay! You found me

Cons

  • No race day packet pickup
  • Christian Rap
  • Tim got brushed by a bicyclist
  • Volunteer on a cell phone
  • Expensive race

Pros

  • Smooth and fast packet pickup
  • Nice expo
  • Well organized race
  • Beautiful course
  • Live music
  • Lots of bathrooms (port-o-pots and park bathrooms)
  • Frequent aid stations
  • Food package after crossing the finish line
  • Great T-Shirt
  • Great medal
  • Dropbags

This was out favorite medal. I don’t usually care very much about the medal but this one is cool.

Surf City - Medal

It’s like art

On the way back to the car we stopped to go to the bathroom. Tim came out and said “You know you are tired when you try to flush a port-o-pot.” That about sums it up.

This was a great race. It was well organized and scenic. It had great crowd support, lots of aid stations and bands along the course. It was sunny with no shade so wear sunscreen if you do this race. The only downside to this race was the spendy price. It was $120 for the HM. Even though I was tired I enjoyed this race. It just had a good feel as well as the coolest shirt and medal.

Yay! More than half way. Please leave a comment.

11 Comments

  1. DANG! That is a nice shirt and medal! Sorta makes up for that hateful Gateway to the Gorge rag! I love the “No Stopping” pic and caption — perfect! Are you going to do it again?

  2. Wow. Not to put down your other medals, but good thing this wasn’t your first one!

  3. Hi Sharon and Tim – Just read your blog. It’s been an interesting week, starting with the move, and ending with a fall. I’ll tell you all about it when I talk with you next. I’m fine, so don’t fret. It must feel so wonderful to run in the beach weather! I’m sure once you start adding a little bit of running to your mid-week schedule, the weight will come off faster and you’ll have better finish times. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you’ve had a lot on your plate lately, both of you. I am so proud of you two, and so happy every week when I read your latest blog. I think of all the time, Sharon, in that comfy chair at the coffee shop on the beach, where you and I are going to spend a lot of time doing catch-up talking when I see you next….which will be SOON! Love you both!

    • I’m going to freak out a little bit until I talk to you and hear that you are ok I will call you Monday. I’m eager to hear how you like your new place. Wish I could have been there for the moving party. Love and healing to you.

  4. Sharon and Tim, I am behind in reading your blogs but had to just say Hi this morning. Computer has been down due to a compromise but AVAST got us going again.
    I am so proud of you guys and you look like you’re having fun again without the shitty rain in Oregon. I looked at the photos quickly and amazed you take time to photograph them. They add a lot to the blog
    It is now about 5:40 am and getting ready for the gym and work out and then yoga. Take care and we love you. I will try to read this in detail but I never seem to have enough time as we are off and running to somewhere .

    • Hi Jane and John. I always plan to take more photos but I usually forget to run with my phone. Most of the pictures are from Tim’s phone. The weather here is beautiful and I could not be happier to be out of OR.

      • I love that latest medal… very classy looking.
        I remember getting up in the wee hours to get to a race. I had a running buddy who would pick me up and went together. One race another friend of his went and the car was very small. I think it was called an SL4 or something like that. Anyway, I had to curl up and ride in the back, in a fetal position since the friend was a very tall guy. Bill felt badly as I was curled up for so long I could hardly get out of the car and then did the half marathon.
        Ah, the beach.. how glorious after all that shitty OR weather. I know how you feel. You look good, Sharon, honest! So do you, Tim ,my boy. Keep running and crossing the finish line.
        Can’t wait until I hear about the next one.
        Love you both,
        Jane
        Thanks for John’s birthday wishes!

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