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Surf City Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Huntington Beach, California
United States
Kinane Events
47F / 8C
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 48m 35s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Overslept. Woke up on 5:32 call from DoloresM2, who had also overslept. Grabbed all my stuff, fell into her car, ate half a yogurt/peanut bar (of which I'd shared the other half with Ann's dog Lola last week) for breakfast.
Event warmup:

Standing in the freezing wind and rain for 25 minutes waiting for the shuttle to the start line. I did not get to make out with anybody on the bus.
Run
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  • 13.1 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

I ignored the omens. Omens included eating Mexican food, pizza, hot wings, and cake the day before; oversleeping; weather even nastier than predicted; and coughing technicolor loogies out of DoloresM2's car the whole way up (and race, and after).

Once you get into spokes's pants, and they've gotten wet, it's nearly impossible to get out. I wanted to throw them away a couple miles in, and I wish there were video of me hopping around, swearing, and falling over in drenched sweatpants. It was the highlight of my race.

I really needed to pee before, but the race had already started when we got there, the portapots on the course had lines, I'd already wasted nearly 5 minutes bunnying out of Scott's pants ... oh, and did I mention I was soaking wet from head to toe already, with Sponge Shoe Sydrome? So, I had this option of being warm for a minute or two ...

Elvis was running, bless his heart, and I said to him, "You're so hot I'm sorry to pass you." He replied, "Thank y'verymuch ma'am, I like the view from here just fine." There was a pirate, and a tall fellow with an umbrella who sang to the volunteers, but that was it for characters. I high-fived DoloresM2 as we passed each other near the turnaround. Oh, and of course I took a dog break--sweet chocolate Lab who just had to clean my face! :)

At Mile 10.5, I got the nastiest cramp in my foot--woulda just ran through it, but it was causing my foot to pronate so severely I would have had to run on the inner side of my foot. Couldn't walk on it that way, either, so took a few minutes' break to stretch it out and gingerly proceed. My feet aren't used to holding up waterlogged shoes, orthotics, and socks.

Had been on a 3:1 wralk 'til then, switched to 2:00/:30. A great ratio, more running, interestingly enough, and I may try it from the get-go next time.

Didn't have enough electrolytes; hands were good sausages by the end. Body and face generally puffy.

I ran straight through the last mile and got some good speed going into the finish--was about three yards from the finish line when the guy in front of me saw the photographer, CROSSED IN FRONT OF ME AND STOPPED in order to have his finisher's picture taken. I yelled at him and came to a screeching halt, but I really should have just body slammed and trampled him, 'cause THAT would have made for some finisher's pic. :) As it is, I'm pretty sure I didn't get one.
What would you do differently?:

You mean, OTHER than not have a crazy week, stuff myself with grease the day before. stay up half the night carousing, then run while sick in the wet windy cold one month out from an injury and just recovered from being sick? How about not get into the car to go to the race?

Worn a fitted poncho with a hood that drew tightly around the face; waterproofed my shoes; chased a 2:00/:30 ratio from the outset; zip off throwaways (or a razor); latex gloves; peed before the race.

PRACTICED WITH ALL GEAR IN RACE CONDITIONS. I will not describe what the underwire in my sports bra I've run 3 (dry) marathons in did to the underside of my breast, but let's say it involved blood and a 4-inch gash.

Finally--RESPECT THE DISTANCE. Yes, it went quickly and was fairly tolerable, but 13.1 is no cakewalk. As the overly wise Ex-Fiancee #1 says, "There is no HALF of a highway to hell."
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered through the long finish tent, peed (a LOT--huh), sat down and ate the contents of my goody bag while waiting for Dolores and her dad.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of brain cells containing common sense.

Event comments:

Fantastic race and very well run. Only minus is that it was really tough to wait 1/2 hour in that weather for a shuttle to the start line, and non-runners should not have been allowed on the shuttles (or had separate pay shuttles).

Super cool surfboard medals (see below, right). The other pic is me post-race with BLUE lips.


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Last updated: 2008-02-03 12:00 AM
Running
00:00:00 | 13.1 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Ave HR 164 MHR 186
Course: Flat out and back with a little bobble to add distance.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-02-03 7:46 PM

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2008-02-03 8:17 PM
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man oh man what else could have gone wrong.......granted, 90% of it you brought on yourself!  great job though, you really toughed it out under conditions that would have made many quit.  very good job and a quite studly display of your tenacity!
2008-02-03 8:58 PM
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OMG! I saw the running Elvis, too. LOL
2008-02-03 8:59 PM
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WOW what an adventure.  I want to race with you some day.  Way to push through adversity.  Yeah why do the walker get the same treatment as the runners.  I commend them for getting out there but please. More later I gotta pee now.   Good job.
2008-02-03 9:03 PM
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2008-02-03 9:12 PM
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dexter - 2008-02-03 6:59 PM

WOW what an adventure. I want to race with you some day. Way to push through adversity. Yeah why do the walker get the same treatment as the runners. I commend them for getting out there but please. More later I gotta pee now. Good job.

As someone who is still walking mostly with bits of running (doing the C25K plan), I will TRY to not take any offense to your comment. I suspect, since I was on those same shuttles this morning, that perhaps the reference was to the fact that spectators were being allowed the use the shuttles. As a walker, I found that annoying as well. There were participants who were left waiting in the rain for shuttles because seats on other buses were already taken by spectators.

My apologies for hijacking your race report thread to vent, Yanti.


2008-02-03 11:50 PM
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2008-02-03 11:59 PM
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You ROCK missy! I love you.
2008-02-04 12:44 AM
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Hm...I feel like there's a lesson in here somewhere, Miss Mentor...

Well hey, congrats on finishing! And those really are super cool medals.
2008-02-04 6:09 AM
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Wow, I am amazed at the race you had in those horrible conditions.  Excellent job finishing and pushing through!
2008-02-04 8:02 AM
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yanti-great job sticking it out. you know when there is no pre race make out session it is going to be a tough day. the look on your face say it all.


2008-02-04 9:04 AM
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I think you're fantastic. Not to sure I would have gotten out there sick, in those conditions!! Hope my first half in April has better conditions!!
2008-02-04 11:31 AM
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Great job in less than ideal conditions!  You're awesome for getting through that one!
2008-02-04 2:21 PM
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way to go girl! nice weather you have there in california!
2008-02-04 4:21 PM
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Greate job out there Yanti

I was dissapointed I did not see you out on the course. I had hoped to spot you and Dolores out on the Bolsa Chica wetlands someplace but was not sure which corral you started in. (It never occurred to me that you would bag the race )

The weather and timing of this race was not ideal, but from the picture below of you and D, it seems like you had the time of your life.

It was a pleasure meeting up for lunch on Saturday and I am certain there will be more great events as the Racing Season/Social Scene gets underway.

Take Care and Recover Well

2008-02-04 9:57 PM
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The blue lips look kinda nice with the scarf. Seriously, great race in lousy conditions!


2008-02-05 1:55 AM
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Man, it was COLD out there I thought.  Made me laugh with your description of the sweat pants...  You had a great race for the conditions, and your foot cramping.
2008-02-05 3:09 AM
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Great RR, Yanti!  Some day, I think I need to run a race right behind you, with camera in hand, to capture all the hilarious moments.  Bunny-hopping, loogie rainbows, sausage hands, blue lips, it's endless!

But ouchie, sorry to hear of that sliceage -- that's a true wardrobe malfunction.  And you definitely should've barrelled right over that azz who jumped in front of you at the finish!

But what a great job you did out there.  Doing a half mary in those conditions, just coming off an injury, is incredible.  Big congrats!!

2008-02-05 4:06 AM
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"no one to make out with"

Was that part of your taper???

 

Great job under terrible conditions.

2008-02-05 9:10 AM
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Wow, a great job to finish in very tough conditions. Props to you.

2008-02-05 9:41 AM
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ditto to all the kudos you've received thus far - your race reports are fun to read - very colorful writing!

congrats!

love the medal - makes me wanna head west to do this race someday.


btw: sports bras have underwire? that sounds painful enough right there. OUCH!


2008-02-05 10:14 AM
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Yay Yanti!   Sounds like miserable conditions...and you're right, you maybe should have taken a big pass on this one with the sickness and all... but once you were there, you stayed committed and toughed it out to the end.  Those surfboard medals ROCK!!!

2008-02-05 12:57 PM
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Good job, Yanti! You made it through rain and technicolor loogies! Wow! Love the picture of you and Dolores. I swear I almost did the 5K just to get a cool surf medal!

See ya at ironbruin!

2008-02-05 1:19 PM
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Great job on the half and hanging in there mentally through tough conditions.

Hopefully we'll have some good SO. CAL. weather for some upcoming races!



Kelly
2008-02-05 8:28 PM
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Whoo whoo, Yanti!

Nice race report, although the race sounds like a comedy of errors. Fantastic job getting it done, and your race report is everything I expected.

(Stop by Nibbs sometime. I miss you!)
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