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2017 La Jolla Half Marathon Race Recap

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We’re just going to jump right into this post because it’s going to be a long one.

I swear you can’t even make up the crazy things that seem to happen the day before/ day of a race. On Saturday I had to go pick up my mom from the airport at 8:00 pm. I figured this would be perfect…I’d grab her, drive up to my parents house then just stay the night and could leave from their house for the La Jolla Half in the morning.


So I show up to the airport and park in the cell phone lot where you can chill until people’s flights arrive. I turned my car off and sat for about 25 minutes waiting for her to text me that she had landed. When I went to start my car to drive over and grab her…DEAD! My car had completely died. We’re talking would only make a terrible clicking sound when I tried to start it status. 

Fast forward 2 hours after dealing with the world’s stupidest tow truck driver we finally made it to my parents house at around 11:00- 11:30 pm. I realize this isn’t super late but when you have a 4:45 am wake up call for a race the next day you’re not getting much sleep.

Now here’s the hilarious (I can say that now) part. My mom and I figured I could just leave my car at their house and I’d drive my mom’s car down to the race in the morning. Well…at about 5:30 am when I was getting ready to leave for the race MY MOM’S CAR WOULDN’T START EITHER. 

I have no idea if this is some terrible karma or what but thank god my parents have a another car that I ended up driving to the race. Really not an ideal way to start off the morning but I figured running this race could only help relieve a little stress.



La Jolla Half Marathon Race Recap

Once I made it to the race everything was great!

I met up with Kellen from A Cup of Kellen before the race and we had a laugh about the crazy events leading up to this race. She had her own lovely Uber experience getting to the race which I’m sure she’ll recap about on her blog.

Anyway, we decided to jump into the corral where the 2:10:00 pace group was. The La Jolla Half is BEAST with all the hills so this is not a course to take lightly.

At 7:30 am SHARP we were off. 

I was so incredibly thankful to start in this corral. Normally I don’t like dealing with walkers so I like to start with a faster group but this really forced me to take the first few miles slow and let my body warm up. 

Before going any further into this recap you all have to understand this course so check out the elevation map below, basically the race is 3 parts: the first 5.5 miles, the 2 mile uphill then the finish.



The first 5.5 miles were easy then the freakin hill nearly killed me. I am usually pretty comfortable with hills and just a few weeks back ran this exact hill with no issues but today was incredibly challenging. My legs were burning and I honestly felt like my right calf was going to tear in half. I ended up having to really slow my pace to almost a run/walk but I made it up.

For a brief moment at the top I almost start panicking about that right leg. It just didn’t feel right but I took a second and drank some Nuun, had a Clif Shot Blok and calmed myself down. Thankfully within about a half mile of being on a flat surface the pain went away and I felt so much better.

Once I reached mile 8 I heard someone yell that the 2:00:00 pacer was just right ahead. Going into this race I didn’t have any specific time goals but me being the crazy competitive person that I am heard that 2:00:00 time and decided I was going to give the rest of the race 110% and not only catch that 2:00:00 pacer but get a sub 2:00:00 finish.


I truly gave the rest of the course every bit of energy I had and really just soaked in all the gorgeous beach views. I ended up finishing in 1:58:08 WOOOOOOO!!!!

I have to give such a huge shout out to the race crew/ volunteers. There was water every 2 miles and were “race guards” (emergency crew) visible along the entire course. It’s not like I’m planning on passing out or anything but it just gave me a sense of comfort that if something did happen there were people to help.



Post Race

The whole reason I decided to run the La Jolla Half again this year was because of the awesome beer garden at the end and this year freakin RUBIOS (my favorite) was also giving out food. 


I sat in the grass, stretched, sipped on some Ballast Point Sculpin and was in post race heaven. 

That is until I realized I still had to get on a charter bus to get back to the starting line where my car was parked and my stomach was starting to feel a little funky.

This may be TMI but sometimes if I don’t hydrate enough during/ after a race my stomach can get really messed up. We’re talking terrible cramping and just a sick woozy feeling. The last thing on this earth I wanted to do was sit on a freakin bus with an upset stomach but I didn’t have a choice.

You guys, it took 45 minutes to go 5 miles back to the start and I sat on that bus in so much pain I wanted to die. I honestly just sat there contemplating all the different ways I could jump out of the bus if an “emergency” happened.

Thankfully I made it to my car without any surprises, went and got a giant sandwich from Jersey Mike’s, took a nap and am feeling so much better writing this race recap now.

Until next year La Jolla!



So what’s next…

Next up on my running agenda is the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 4th where I’m chasing a PR of 1:45:00.

I’ve been doing the Kara Goucher half marathon training program (with the exception of last week) so I’m excited to jump right back into training this week. 

Completing La Jolla gave me a ton of confidence that if I can pull of some 8:00 / mile splits at the end of a hilly CRAZY course that I’ll be able to get close to that 1:45:00 in Rock ‘N’ Roll since it is a much more forgiving course. I actually feel like the majority of it is flat/ downhill if that’s even physically possible.

Here’s my workouts for the week. It’s always tough getting back into the groove post race but I truly think moving/ stretching is the best thing you can do for a sore body.

  • Monday: rest + stretch 
  • Tuesday: 4 miles
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt + 4 miles
  • Thursday: yoga + 3 miles 
  • Friday: Ice cream sandwich run (2 miles at 15 sec over goal pace, 6-10x 30 sec hills, 2 miles at 15 sec over goal pace again)…DEATH! 100% getting actual ice cream after this haha!
  • Saturday: yoga
  • Sunday: 8-10 miles 



Your Turn,

Did you run any races this weekend? If so, how’d they go?

Do you ever have stomach issues after a race?

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you the day before/ day of a race?


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  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie April 24, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Awesome job girl! You killed it at that race and I am so excited for your next race! That ice cream sandwich workout is probably one of my favorite speed workouts on the plan. It goes by quick since it is broken up into three different paces of running — I think you’ll really like it! And ice cream after is totally a good idea 🙂
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    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thanks so much!!! Am I crazy to say I’m actually looking forward to the ice cream sandwich workout haha?

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things April 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats on your race! Ah how stressful about the car situations.. haha of course that stuff happens right before a race haha. The day before a race my friend and I were driving to Chicago for a half the next day. A giant goose literally flew into the side of her car and tore off her side window mirror. It was insane haha, we turned around and got my car to take instead. Sure makes a good story now:) haha.

    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Oh my god that’s HILARIOUS…well idk if that’s the right word but you just can’t make up the crazy pre run things.

  • Reply Kimberly R April 26, 2017 at 6:19 am

    While I’ve never had the car trouble before a race, I’ve definitely experienced the awful stomach cramps after! You are not alone! I thought it was funny to hear you had Jersey Mikes after b/c that is my go to lunch after every half-marathon. Some people crave burgers or pizza but I want a Jersey Mikes sub! Thanks for all your posts, I’ve been following your blog for several months and your posts have been very relevant to me. Even today you posted about keto which I’ve recently started (well kind of, I still do some carbs because I need the energy for running). Thanks again! 🙂

    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

      This comment just made my day! Thank you so much for following my blog and taking the time to comment!

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