Review: XX2i Hawaii1 Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Hawaii 1 Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The Hawaii1 are my 3rd pair of XX2i sunglasses and they are my new favorites.

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I’ve been wearing the USA1 glasses since December and I really like them, they are lightweight, comfortable and polarized.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen me wearing them for the last few months.  And you can read my review of them here.

I’ve also got a pair of the new casual Bermuda1 glasses, which have the best lenses, but aren’t quite as comfortable as the USA1 & Hawaii1.

What is special about the Hawaii1?

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From the XX2i website: Carbon fiber and Polarized 8k optics combine in XX2i’s new Hawaii1 performance sunglasses.  Extremely lightweigh & easily adjustable the Hawaii1 instantly adapts for any face shape or activity.  Together with a completely bendable nose piece and rubber temple arms, these shades won’t budge or slide when you need to keep your focus.

They come in 3 different colors, white, which I have, black & tortoise.  The white & black have polar grey lenses while the tortoise have the awesome polar brown, which I have on the Bermuda1.

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What I like about these glasses, they are super lightweight.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments at all to make them fit perfectly.

Another nice thing about these is that the bottom of the lens doesn’t have a frame around it so I can look down and see my phone without having to take off my glasses (in light other than direct sunlight).

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The only complaint I have about these is the little rubber pieces on the arms.  They get stuck in my hair especially when it’s wet and sweaty.  I’ve figured out a way to take them off without pulling out my hair now, but that was a bit of a problem for me at first.

Even with the hair pulling issue, I feel like I would reach for the Hawaii1 9x out of 10 over any other pair of glasses.

The Hawaii1 retails for $124.99 but you can save 50% by using the code XX2iRocks.

And if you join #BibChat tomorrow at 6pm Pacific, you might have a change to win a pair for yourself.  I promise you will love them.

Want to see what my fellow BibRavePros have to say about the Hawaii1? Check them out below.

Angie    Gina     Erin    Sarah M     Christine    Frank

Race Recap: Whoo’s In El Moro 50k/25k

I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish this recap, but here goes, on Saturday, May 7 Sean & I made the short(ish) drive up to Crystal Cove State Park to run the Whoo’s in El Moro 50k.

I have wanted to run this race for a long time, after seeing lots of friends with the hats and hearing about the awesome race that race director Molly puts on. I was super excited, but a little nervous.  When I signed up for the race, my best 50k time was just over 8 hours and this race had an 8 hour time limit.

In the months that passed, I had some good 50k races and some not so good but seeing as Sean has his 50k PR on this course I was feeling positive about it and even set a goal of trying for sub 7 hours.

Race week finally got here and I was super excited, until I saw the weather report with rain in the forecast.  After the crazy clay mud in Zion I was not looking forward to more mud.  The week of the race I ran a lot, 2 back to back 10 mile days, a speedy 6 miles on Wednesday and finishing up with at short 2 mile shake-out on Friday.

Again, on Friday I drank a few bottles of juice, including my favorite, BluePrint’s Cashew Vanilla, which is sooo yummy, a bottle of Raspberry Chia Kombucha and lots of water.  I’m not sure exactly what I did but at some point on Friday I developed an issue in my right calf.  I tried massage, rolling, our new stim unit and just stretching and nothing was helping the cramping.  So needless to say I was a bit nervous about that.

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I got my Flat Jenny ready, ate some pizza for dinner and went to bed early.  We were going to drive up the morning of the race, which mean leaving the house by 4:15am to get there in time.

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Waking up on race morning, I could immediately feel the tightness/cramping in my calves even without doing anything at all. Ugh…

We got on our way, I made some oatmeal to eat on the way up and since it was still dark and I can’t really stay awake when driving in the dark, I was half asleep as Sean drove us to Crystal Cove State Park.  On the ride up, we hit a lot of areas with rain, which was a bit worrisome because we really didn’t want to run in the rain.

We made it up to the park, paid the $15 fee to get in, thank goodness they take credit cards because I had no cash, parked and then immediately headed to the bathrooms.  Like at Old West, the park had real bathrooms so we didn’t have to use port-a-potties.  Then we made a bee-line to the starting area to pick up our packets.  All the while it was raining.

We got our packets, re-usable bags from 2XU with nice cotton shirts.  She had packets of different things on the table in they were giving out the bibs at including Justin’s, some sort of granola bar and a few other things.  I grabbed a pack of Justin’s and a granola bar and then we headed back to the car to get our gear.

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There were a few things that I felt like weren’t really well explained in the pre-race material and as a first time runner at this race I was a little disappointed by.

1) There was no start time on the email.  In looking at the website, it showed a 6:30am start and Ultra Sign Up showed 6:15am or vice versa, so we weren’t really clear as to the exact start time. It ended up being 6:30 because of the line to get into the park probably due to #2.

2) No where on the website or the email did it say that there was a $15 fee to get into the park.

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So we were waiting by the start line for a 6:15am start only to find out we were a little early – we hung out with a few friends under the timing tents and waited for everyone to arrive, all the while waiting for the rain to stop.

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And then not long after 6:30am, Molly made a few announcements and we were off.

I don’t remember a lot of the course in this section except there was a little flat & downhill as we made our way into the park.  The mud was definitely there.  It wasn’t nearly as slippery for me as it was in Zion but it caked on my Olympus 2.0 which I absolutely love but not in mud. I could feel my legs getting heavier and heavier until it was hard to pick up my feet at all.  I mean look at all the mud on our shoes!

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As we made our way up the hill at mile 2 I was just hiking up trying to stomp off the mud as I went along.  I chatted with a few other runners taking it somewhat easy up the hill to avoid any asthma issues.  I’ve found that my asthma acts up if my heart rate gets too high when I’m climbing so I was testing to see if I could avoid that when hiking.

Once we got to the top there was a nice stretch that was relatively flat and a nice downhill to the first aid station.  I stopped at the aid station to take off my jacket.  I tried to put it in the bungie section of my Orange Mud VP2 but it fell out which is why I had to wear it around my waist instead the rest of the race.  I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t any fruit outside of bananas at the aid station so I didn’t eat anything there.

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I power hiked my way back up the hill and then ran/walked through the section I just came from.  I came upon a guy who had completed a 50 miler the week before and was running the 50k on his birthday. I chatted with him for a few minutes before heading off.

I passed by 2 girls directing people where to go.  This race has a lot of overlapping sections so it can get a bit confusing as to where to go without help.  I chugged along with my calf cramping on and off.  I finally got to a nice section of single track and followed this girl into the 2nd aid station at about 7 miles in.

I got my bottle refilled, added my CarboPro/Ultima combo, ate some pineapple slices.  Then Steve, one of my fellow Orange Mud Ambassadors, helped me with my calf, by rubbing BioFreeze on it and even gave me an extra to take with me.

After a few minutes I was off.  My calf felt better initially and I was able to actually run for a few miles until I got to some hills.  Eventually we were got to this awesome downhill that went on for over a mile.  It was quite steep so I was a bit concerned for the climb back up.

I finally got down to the bottom of the hill and met a few volunteers who directed me up to the next aid station.  As I was climbing up, I had already been considering dropping to the 25k for a few miles.  I wasn’t really having a lot of fun and it was really challenging with the calf issue and all the mud.

In all honesty, I had been contemplating dropping to the 25k for a while, even before the race started because I was tired.  We had been doing a lot of running with back to back semi-long runs and it was starting to take it’s toll.

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I was hiking up the hill when I saw Sean coming…he stopped for a second to give me a kiss and I told him I was struggling but chugging along.  After chatting with him for a few minutes I kept moving only to hear one of the volunteers yelling don’t look down, I don’t want to see any heads down, smile, etc. I started laughing and smiling but really I look down so I don’t kill myself because inevitably I trip if I don’t watch where I’m going lol.

I refilled my bottles and then headed off.  A nice downhill to start before a long hike up.  I was pretty much all alone during this section.  At one point I got to a downhill section where I saw our friend Giselle, who would eventually come in 2nd place overall and first woman!  She looked great. After another climb, I saw Sean again and told him that I was done, when I got to the 25k I was finished.  He was like this is a tough course today and even he didn’t look like he was having fun.

After this I just kept moving, hiking the uphills, running the downhills – at one point I had a few mountain bikers following me down the hill which was a bit disconcerting.  After a few more ups and down eventually I found myself at the same aid station again after a short downhill.  I asked the guy there where the turn around was so I could drop but he didn’t know what was going on.

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I got down the muddy hill and there were a the volunteers I saw earlier and I asked them where to go to drop down to the 25k.  They directed me up this super steep hill and said when I got to the bottom I’d be at the turn around.

And when I say steep hill, I mean crazy steep.  I saw a few more runners, even chatted with one on my way up and we were all slowly making our way up this hill.  I walked up backwards half the time because it was so tough.  And by this time the sun was out and it was getting warm.

I finally made it up the hill and was treated to a nice downhill to the turn around.  I made it and when they congratulated me I told them I was done and stopping.  Molly had told us in her announcements that she would allow us to drop down to 25k vs taking a DNF.  If she hadn’t said that, I probably would have just dropped to the 25k before the race even started.

And they finally had watermelon at this aid station lol.  I didn’t realize at first that the start was just a short walk away, but another girl came in and stopped as well so I walked back with her chatting about running and how challenging this race was.

We made it back to the start, I ran into Eric & Willem and they were like uh, where did you come from.  I told them I dropped down and another Orange Mud Ambassador, Tim told me he did the same. He has been struggling with plantar fasciitis and dropped as well.  They told me where to get my medal and I grabbed it.

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Eric & his company Elevation Culture made the medals for this race too and they were super nice.

I headed to get changed because I was totally soaked with sweat and then came back to wait for Sean.  I chatted some more with Eric & Willem then watched the first place guy, one of the founders of Boom Running, who I would meet at PCT 50, and then Giselle and 3 more women come in before the 2nd male.  That was really exciting.

Sean eventually came in and we got a few photos before heading over to get our post race meal.  They had bottles of Essence pH10 Alkaline Water, which was interesting to me since we’ve been drinking the Core pH water.

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Molly set up a food truck to provide a post race meal for us all.  They had hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken & veggie burgers, chips and potato salads along with a whole bar of toppings.

This was a cool way to provide the post-race meal and it was pretty good too.

Sean and I hung out for a while chatting with some other runners before making the long trek back to San Diego. It’s not far but there was so much traffic on the drive home.

I have to say, even a few weeks out from this race, while most of the time after thinking about it I am not so anti any race, but in this case, I truly think Whoo’s in El Moro might be a one and done.  It is a very hilly course with a lot of steep climbing and in all honesty, I enjoyed Leona Divide so much more.  If Sean wanted to run this again, I’d probably either do the 25k or maybe more likely the 10k lol.

Thank you to Molly and all the volunteers for being so supportive and for putting on a great race.  Even though it wasn’t my favorite it wasn’t due to anything that they did.

And Thank You to Paksit Photos for all the on-course photos.

Review: Garden of Flavor Juices

I’m linking up with Running with SD Mom for Try Out Thursdays today.

As you’ve probably seen in some of my race reports lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of juice in the day or so before a long race to help hydrate better.  I believe that a lot of my stomach issues stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t hydrating well in the days before a race, which really doesn’t do me any favors on race day.

That being said, the nice folks at Garden of Flavor sent me an awesome package of juices to try out.  I received a package with 7 different juices, 1 bottle of Vegan nut mylk and then their 4 new Cold Pressed Energy drinks in exchange for this review.

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They overnighted me a package and all the juices were still super cold when I opened the box.

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I tried the following juices: (my thoughts are in italic)
Green Harmony: A mix of dark leafy greens & more active probiotics than yogurt.

Ingredients (all organic): Cucumber, Apples, Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Celery, Lemon, Spinach, Parsley & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures.

Green Harmony had a strong celery flavor which overpowered most everything else for me.  I was excited about this one because I thought it would taste sweet because of the apple, but that was not the case.  Green Harmony is definitely a veggie juice.

Mean Greens: Alkalizing greens including lots of kale and chlorophyll

Ingredients (all organic): Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Romaine & Lemon

This was one of my favorites, it was definitely a veggie drink with no fruit outside of the lemon, but it was super smooth with no aftertaste.  I didn’t get the strong celery taste I did with Green Harmony.

Appleade: A digestive supporting lemonade that fortifies the immune system

Ingredients (all organic): Apple, Lemon, Ginger Root & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

Appleade had a super smooth flavor and tasted a bit like cold apple cider with a kick of ginger.  I really liked this one too and would use this as a substitute for a spicy lemonade.

Twisted Roots: Ingredients (all organic): Carrot, Beet & Lemon

I really wasn’t expecting to like this one as I am not a fan of beets but I was pleasantly surprised.  Twisted Roots was really a lot sweeter than I was expecting.  I haven’t had a lot of luck with beet juices because they are too strong but this one I would definitely recommend.

Tumeric Tonic: A crisp lemonade infused with 3 ancient spices, cayenne, ginger & tumeric root.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Lemon, Blue Agave, Tumeric Root, Ginger Root, Mint, Cayenne Pepper & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

This was probably my least favorite of the juices, it had a strong ginger flavor, but I think it was the tumeric I don’t really like.

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Goji Pineapple: Garden of Flavor’s “super drink” including the super food, Goji berry which is packed with protein, amino acids & 3x the antioxidants of blueberries.

Ingredients (all organic): Pineapple, Goji Berries, Apple, Ginger, Mint & Lemon

A lighter tasting, sweeter juice with a slight kick of ginger.  The first time I tried this one, I wasn’t sure about it, but the second time I tried it, I thought it was pretty good.

The Grasshopper: A mix of dark leafy greens, pineapple & mint with a shot of wheatgrass to provide 10 grams of plant-based protein.

Ingredients (all organic): Wheatgrass, Pineapple, Apple, Mint Tea, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Mint & Lemon

Another of my favorites, I was really skeptical of this one at first because of the tea & I’ve never really had Wheatgrass before.  Made of 12% tea, 88% juice, this is the only juice that is not 100% juice.  Super smooth, sweet and just overall yum!  This was definitely the sweetest of their juices.

White Knight: Garden of Flavor’s version of Cashew Milk.  This dessert in a bottle is a creamy semi-sweet milk with a touch of cinnamon.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Cashew Nuts, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon

Cashew milk has always one of my favorites, and the White Knight doesn’t disappoint.  It was different than the other cashew milks I’ve tried in that it was incredible smooth. Most cashew milks have a bit of substance to them and this one didn’t so I was waiting for the thickness and it never came.  The flavor was right on though and I enjoyed this one.

On the Cold Pressed Energy side they sent me a bottle of each of the four flavors: Guayusa & Aronia berries, Guayusa & Tumeric, Guayusa & Wheatgrass & Guayusa & Pear.

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Guayasa delivers 100mg of natural plant based caffeine providing sustainable energy without the jitters or crashing.

Of the four drinks, I only tried the Guayusa & Pear, I’m not really an energy drink kind of person and outside of coffee & the occasional soda I don’t drink any drinks with added caffeine.  I liked the flavor of this one, it was kind of like a pear tea drink.

Sean tried the other 3 cold pressed energy drinks and liked the Wheatgrass & Aronia Berries.  He didn’t really like the flavor of the Tumeric & Ginger one.  I guess neither of us are fans of Tumeric lol.  Which is unfortunate because I’ve heard a lot about it being good for runners.

Based in Cleveland, Garden of Flavor juices aren’t available in California yet, but they are all over the Midwest, mid Atlantic and Northeast.  If you are in those areas of the country you can find Garden of Flavor here.

All in all I was impressed by the flavors and the variety of juice that Garden of Flavor offers and if it was available in San Diego, I would definitely be using some of these juices as part of my pre-race juicing routine.

Do you drink cold-pressed juice? And if so what is your favorite kind?

Running the New York City Marathon with The James Blake Foundation

Last month, I learned that my brother-in-law David was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS for short). It’s a rare cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles, and, in David’s case, it has formed a huge growth on his lower leg.

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David has an entrepreneurial spirit, having started up a clothing line called Decorate Our Home Planet (D.O.H.P) that specializes in shirts and jeans. For every item sold, David plants a minimum of 3 trees to help give back to our environment. David is also an inspiration to his Bay Area students where he’s been teaching grades 1-6 for nearly a decade.

Having been an athlete his whole life, David was involved in a car accident in college after which doctors told him he would never run again. David refused to believe that and worked extremely hard with his physical therapy and eventually would be able to run on an Anti-gravity treadmill. And, his recovery didn’t stop there… he eventually would sign up for the 5k at the 2014 San Francisco Marathon and run it with a time of 30:43 (a sub 10-minute mile pace)!

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Sean & I remember David’s excitement after he finished the race – he was planning to train for a 10k; and, eventually, he too wanted to run a marathon! He was so incredibly excited to have been able to run once again.

Now, David is going to have to put his running & marathon dreams aside temporarily while he fights this battle against cancer.

When I found out about David’s diagnosis, I immediately talked to Sean and we decided we should run the world’s largest marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon, for David while raising money to support a cancer-fighting charitable foundation.

We researched all cancer-fighting charities working with the New York City Marathon. After narrowing it down, we spoke with David (and my sister Diane) about each of their missions, and we decided that the James Blake Foundation was a perfect fit for us. The James Blake Foundation supports early detection research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Diane really like that they work with Memorial Sloan because they do a lot of research with sarcomas.

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David is a creative, funny, kind-hearted brother (and husband to my sister) and has been a part of my family for the last 8 ½ years. He endured his first chemo treatment a couple weeks ago and will need to be in the hospital for 3 – 5 days for each of his 17 treatments over the next 11.5 months.

Needless-to-say, chemotherapy treatment is a marathon and not a sprint. Please make a donation to the James Blake Foundation in support of our NYC Marathon run for David and send David a message of support that he is not alone in this fight.

You can donate and support David at https://www.crowdrise.com/runnylegs.

Thank you for your support!

Review: Full UV Buff

Disclaimer: I received a Full UV Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Last summer I got my first buff, a UV Half Buff.  I’ve also had the change to try the Original Full Buff and now the Full UV Buff.

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What is the difference between the original and the UV version?

From the Buff USA website: UV BUFF® headwear keeps the sun fun while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays*. Hour after hour, COOLMAX® Extreme fabric wicks away sweat to keep you cool and Polygiene® Active Odor Control neautralizes odor.

The biggest differences are that the UV Buff is made with the COOLMAX® Extreme fabric and blocks UV rays. I found that the UV Buff was a lighter fabric that the Original which feels a lot softer and better on the skin than the Original as well.

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There are a lot of ways to wear the UV Buff but my favorite ways are around the neck and on my wrist.  It’s been really hot here in San Diego so my Buff has been coming in very handy.

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The UV Buff comes in a lot of different colors and patterns, there’s something for everyone.  I picked the Mosaic pattern which has a lot of different colors in it so I can always be #runmatchy™ :).

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Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win $215 of Buff gear in the Buff in the Wild Instagram & Twitter contest.

And come to #BibChat on Tuesday, May 17 for a chance to win one of your own.

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Disclaimer: BibRave and BUFF have partnered up for a BUFF prizepack giveaway, and as part of being a BibRave Pro, I am giving you a chance to win! Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Ever since I was introduced to Buff last summer I have been a huge fan of their products.  I’ve been able to try and test out the Original Buff, the UV Half Buff (my current favorite) and I’m currently trying the UV Full Buff. After trying the UV Half Buff with BibRave, I was so excited I bought a special one at TRT 100 last summer.

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Funny enough, after seeing me with my buffs on Instagram, my dad got Buffs & Buff Hats for Sean and my uncle for Christmas last year.

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So what is Buff in the Wild?  BibRave & Buff have partnered up to give one lucky winner $215 worth of Buff Gear!!

Here’s the rules & what you need to do to enter:
1. Take a #BUFFIE with a BibRave Pro and post it on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Tag @BibRave & @BUFF_USA (same handles on both Twitter and Instagram).
3. Use hastags #BUFFIE AND #BibChat.
4. Contest runs May 1–31, 2016.
5. For US residents only.
6. Photo must be taken at a race (so not the expo or a training run)
7. Participants can enter the #BUFFIE contest at multiple events
8. One #BUFFIE entry per race
9. Twitter and Instagram entries only*

Where will I be this month?

Whoo’s in El Moro 50k, Crystal Cove, CA- May 7
PCT 50 (crewing for Sean), Cleveland National Forest, CA – May 14
Nanny Goat 24 hour, Riverside, CA – May 28/29

I don’t have my outfits picked out yet, but follow me on Instagram to see my Flat Jenny pics the day before each race.  But I think, I’m pretty easy to spot with my Hot Pink Running4ThoseWhoCan’t hat on ;).

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Get your camera ready & I hope to see you out there!

If you aren’t in Southern California, there are BibRavePros racing all over the country so you have plenty of opportunities to get your #Buffie!

Angie      Mark       Karen      Brenda      Heather      Katherine

Lisa         Samantha      Elizabeth       Gina

Race Recap: La Jolla Half Marathon

To finish up our month of racing, we stayed local and ran the La Jolla half marathon. Sean had run it a few years back but this was my first time.

Sean & I went to the expo on Saturday afternoon.  They had the expo at the Hilton Del Mar near the race track where the race would start.  There was a free dirt parking lot where we would park both days or you could pay $3 to self park at the hotel.

We walked into the expo and WOW it was crowded, I seriously felt claustrophobic as soon as I walked inside.  You had to go to the left to pick up your bib and then all the way to the right to get your bag & shirt.

The shirts, well, they were nice, I just wish they had done the same color for everyone vs. yellow for the ladies and blue for the guys.  I am not a big fan of yellow but it wasn’t a bad shirt overall.

The expo, well it was crowded and claustrophobic but we did get some Ultima on discount and we also picked up a tens unit which we’ve both been using and it seems to be working.

We got some dinner, got our stuff out and then relaxed.  The race didn’t start until 7:30am but we had to drive about 40 minutes so we still got up around 5:30a.

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Now this race is not easy to get to and you can sit in traffic on the highway forever.  We managed to get there relatively easily and then got parked and headed to the start area.

There were a ton of port a potties so the lines went really quick so we could get to the start area.  We didn’t bring a drop bag, but they were handing out plastic bags to put your gear in and they had different lines for the various corrals to separate them. No UPS trucks or anything like that for this race.

Sean was in corral 1 and I was in Corral 4 so we took a few pre-race photos before heading to our corrals.

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It was a very uneventful start, I started out nice & easy because I knew there were a lot of hills coming.  Once we made the turn up the first hill, I felt really hot and I remember thinking that they definitely should have started this race way earlier.

I just kept chugging along, power hiking up some of the hills and then running the minimal downhills and flats.  We had an awesome down hill in mile 5 before we hit the big hill up Torrey Pines.  It was definitely brutal and I have to say everyone around me was hiking up the hill.

I finally made it up and then did a lot of run/walking the rest of the race.  I swear the hills were never ending.  We finally got a bit of a down hill only to get a steep hill up in the last mile. Seriously!? I was not happy, lol, I’m joking but there were a lot of hills in this race.  But at least this time unlike the last few hills, we had a nice downhill to the finish.

As we ran down to the finish line, I remember the distinct odor of dead fish, which was disgusting, but fortunately I was able to get past that part pretty quickly.  And then we hit the grass and the finish line!

I was so happy to finish this race, I kept thinking that this was a one and done race and at the time I never wanted to run it again.  Well I might have to do it at least one more time if I want to try for the Triple Crown that includes Carlsbad, La Jolla & America’s Finest City.  We didn’t run Carlsbad this year so we don’t qualify but one year maybe we will do all 3 races.

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After finishing they handed us our medal, a bottle of water, a paper bag with snacks and then there was cold chocolate milk, which I drank as soon as I met up with Sean.  They had nice snacks too, there were Food Should Taste Good sweet potato & multigrain chips, Go Macro bars (my fav!), Lara bars & a banana.  I will say though, while nice to have a bag with our goodies, the paper bag broke and got soggy since I was drenched.

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We walked around the post race expo, there were a lot of booths.  We got free Nature’s Bakery fig bars, which are super yummy, some beef jerky, mini Sambazon Acai samples before taking a few photos.

As we were taking our own photos, this photographer, Rich Cruse, who was taking photos for the race, asked us if he could take our photo and we were like sure.  So he got this awesome shot of us.

La Jolla, Half Marathon, Race Bling, Medal Monday

After photos we headed over to the shuttles to get back to the start. They had nice buses, thank goodness because it took almost an hour to get back or so it seemed.

And so there you have it, that’s the La Jolla Half Marathon in a nut shell.  It’s a beautiful, very hilly course.