The Carlsbad Half Marathon was my third half marathon and by far one of my favorites (minus the fact that there was no beer at the end). The course was stunning, the race shirts were cute and the entire event was so organized it helped ease those race day jitters. This race was also the first race in the Triple Crown series- bring it on La Jolla Half Marathon in April!!
I did this half marathon with my mom (like usual) and my boyfriend, Bryce. This was Bryce’s first half marathon and I could not be more proud of him for this accomplishment. Bryce and my mom both finished in 2:08:15 which is about a 9:47/ mile. SO AWESOME!!
The race started at 7:45am so I woke up at 5:30am to have a cup of coffee, eat 1/2 of a Bobo’s Oat Bar and pack my bag filled with my race essentials like Nuun, Clif Shot Bloks and Advil. My whole family piled into the car at about 6:30am to be sure we’d be able to find parking and have no issues getting to the event.
We got to the event at about 7:00 am with enough time to snap some pictures and go to the bathroom 9879345 times. At 7:30 am I decided I needed to use the bathroom 1 more time and by this time the lines were so long I had to sprint to my starting corral to not miss the gun #girlproblems.
I seriously think the worst part of the entire race is waiting to run in your corral. JUST LET US RUN! So we made the most of it snapping some fun pictures.
Can’t miss Bryce with no shirt and the double peace sign haha!
I believe there were 8,000 people who participated in this event! IT WAS PACKED!!!!
At 7:45 am we were off!!! The first mile was spent weaving in and out of people and to my horror at about mile 2 I felt a very strange pain in my ankle. I’ve never had ankle pain running in my life so I started freaking out and slowed my pace a little.
Thankfully I think this was just part of my body warming up and working out the kinks because it went away by about mile 4. At this point I had a great pace going of a little under 9:00/ mile and wanted to keep pushing it. I said goodbye and good luck to Bryce and my mom and took off.
I don’t know what it was but I just felt the need to push myself harder! I ate my first shot blok at mile 5 and felt great.
I kept looking down at my Garmin and saw I was running at about an 8:45/ mile pace…WHAT! This was my first time running with a Garmin watch and it was so helpful to keep me running a steady pace.
The Carlsbad Half Marathon was an out and back race so basically you run 6.5 miles out and then the same 6.5 miles back in to the finish. The second I turned around for the home stretch I ate another shot blok and realized I was on track for a new PR.
I just let my mind wander taking in the stunning scenery and yes I was that person snapping pictures as I ran.
I wish I could end this race recap saying the rest of the race went great but about mile 9 I got another awful pain, this time in my right hamstring.
This was one of those pains where with every single step I thought my whole hamstring was going to rip in half. I almost stopped to walk and stretch but knew from training this always makes me feel worse so instead I slowed my pace again for a little recovery.
The pain got a little bit better around mile 11 and knew I was so close to finishing I had to just focus on getting to the finish without blowing out my leg. At mile 13 my Dad, Bryce’s brother and his friend were there cheering which gave me the last little bit of energy to push it that last .1 to the finish.
I ended up finishing in 1:54:23 which is an 8:44/ mile average and about a 3 minute PR for me YAY!!!!!
Here is screen shot of my mile splits…sorry I’m being lazy with this:
After I finished I ran back to cheer on Bryce and my mom! They looked so strong WOOOOOO and clearly couldn’t hear me haha!!
We celebrated chugging chocolate milk and water on a desperate hunt for the beer garden.
Turned out there was no beer after the Carlsbad Half Marathon so we decided to head to one of my favorite pizza places, Pizza Port, to enjoy some food, booze and football. Cheers to that!!
The Carlsbad Half Marathon was such a wonderful experience and I am so happy that not only did I PR but Bryce finished and FINISHED STRONG!!!
So what’s next?
Have you ever ran a half marathon?
What races do you have coming up?