Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sant to the Sea Half Marathon

On December 8th I ran the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon. It was my 6th and final half marathon of 2013.
I ran with my friend Lindsey and because I'm in LA Marathon training, I wanted to keep it at a comfortable pace.  She wanted to finish in under 3 hours and I was happy with that, so we decided to stay together.

It was 37 degrees at the start and we got there pretty early so we stood around and shivered for a good half hour.

Lindsey's husband drove us, so we kept our jackets until mile 4 where he met us and grabbed them.

The race starts in inland Oxnard and ends at "the sea."  It was probably the most diverse scenery I've experienced in a single race so far.

We started at a giant Santa between the freeway and a mobile home park...  Definitely not the most scenic race start ever, but we were quickly into newer residential areas, then on to older residential areas, then farming land, and then finally to the beach-y Oxnard area I had anticipated when signing up for this race.
First time racing in Pacer red!

The course was super flat and definitely has the potential for being a fast race.  There were maybe 1,000 people there, so it wasn't tiny - but it wasn't crowded either.

We ended up finishing in 2:53. Lindsey was pretty spent but happy with her time.  It's the first time I've tried to "pace" someone - and there were definitely moments where I think she hated me... but I guess that means I did my job correctly.

It was a solid run and a great way to spice up my long run for the weekend.

Lindsey was anxious to get to the car, so we didn't spend a lot of time browsing the finish line festivities but it looked like they were offering fresh local fruit and some other goodies.  It was a little unusual because none of the post-race refreshments were offered in the shoot...they were all a good distance away, even water.  I guess it was to keep it from getting log-jammed? But we didn't end up with anything because of it. Andrew brought us water though, and we grabbed lunch nearby though, so we were fine.

Bottom line - this race was a good price, and easy to do. The race shirt was also a v-neck which I personally, appreciate. I would definitely run it again in the future, and maybe create a more elaborate Christmas costume if I have the time.

Last race of 2013 is in the books with my sights set on on the LA Marathon in March!

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