|This is the starting line for the Half-Marathon. Start time was delayed|
Chilly morning, November 13, 2011 in Malibu, California. Not a bunch of wind and the sun is about to come over the mountains. It was a perfect day for a little run.
|Lance followed me the whole way in the car, taking photos out of the sun roof.|
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
|This smile is before I hit the hills.|
This race started unlike any other race I had been to. First of all, it started 15 minutes late and upon starting the race it was like 5:00 p.m. rush hour on the 405.(beep, beep move out of the fast lane if you are walking)
Proud of myself that I started and kept my pace of 9:30 for the beginning but hit a slow wall when running up a few long hills.
|Top of the dreaded hill.|
Highlights of running the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).
-Surprised at the people who ran while still using their iphones (really, you need to send that text now?)
|And this guy...Another Challening Day? Really..LOL|
-Why is it that people wear those fanny pack/belts with six water bottles, yet they are always stopping at the water stations?
- Best runner that I saw was pushing a stroller with his dog harnessed in and a video camera hooked to the handle bars. YES!
-Best tune that I listened to while running: toss up between "Honky Cat" by Elton John or "Boondock Saints" theme by the Young Dubliners. Two different songs...i know.
-Dad must have been sending me "Rocky" karma because when I came to my last mile...Rocky theme played on my ipod.
This is the best time I have ever ran 13.1!
One of my regrets was not having my parents there. I know it was hard for them to miss it too. But I know that they were thinking of me and I was of them during the race. Just want to make them proud.
|Look Mom...finished number 3!|
|Isn't he handsome.|
|The beach at Paradise Cove.|
Have to admit that I was a nervous wreck prior to the start of the race. But I enjoyed the amazing scenery, the crashing waves along the course and amazed that my fastest mile was the last mile of the race (9:16).
Yoga at the beach and a foot massage tomorrow, begin training for my next race on Wednesday.
Next 13.1 in January at the Tinkerbell Women's Half-Marathon.