I wrote this blog months ago, but never got around to posting it. I’ve been so crazy that I just haven’t been posting but I’m back now so get ready! I’ve got lots going on plus a bunch of recaps to post.
The weekend of LA Marathon, on our way up to LA, Sean & I drove past San Juan Capistrano and Sean brought up that Coach Sarah Mista was putting on her first race, a half marathon, 10k or 5k the next weekend. We discussed it for a few minutes and then looked to see if there were any spots left. There were 3 spots left so we decided to jump on them and registered for the inaugural Ramblas Run.
So we drove up to San Juan Capistrano on Saturday morning. It was a nice treat to have a race that started at 9am, which meant that we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to drive up to the start. We got up around 6:30a and left around 7:15ish getting to the start right around 8:15a.
We got our packets, hit up the port-a-potties and then got our gear ready. We had a bunch of friends that were also running so we chatted with everyone until the 9am start.
Kristina and I started out together, heading up the first few hills. We hit the single track and I just started flying down the hill. It was so nice, I barely had any pain in my leg and it was absolutely beautiful. We passed Paksit Photo & he got a few awesome shots.
This course was a out and back, and while it was beautiful, it was hilly. There were some really steep downhills & uphills, but the beautiful wild flowers and the company were great.
I ran into Helen around mile 8 so we chatted for a bit, walking the uphills and running the downs. She wanted to fly down some of the downhill so I lost her for a bit as we made our way to the turn-around aid station.
When I got to the turn around I grabbed some orange slices and a bit more water and headed up the hill. I passed Kristina on my way up, so we got a selfie ;).
I cheered on some other runners and just kept it nice and easy until Helen caught up with me. We hiked & ran for a bit, stopping at the last aid station for some more water, etc. we had no idea that we were really close to the finish line so we’re just taking our good old time, having fun. Eventually we saw a few photographers and then realized that the finish line was just below us, haha.
So we started running down the hill and finished together, laughing and having a great time.
This race was definitely for fun and I had a blast. Sarah did a great job, with lots of yummy snacks after the race, including Essence pH10, Sambazon acai samples, nice big medals and pint glasses.
I would definitely recommend this race for a fun Saturday on the trails, I’m looking forward to next year!