The Temecula half marathon was all about “mind over matter”. The Silver Strand half marathon was all about getting it done with no complaints and having a “I got this” attitude to finish strong. I loved this event and the course wasn’t too bad, mainly because it was FLAT. It was great to see my friends out there on the course having fun and cheering each other on throughout the race.
The last time I ran Silver Strand, it was about 10 years ago. I remember the fires were happening at that time and it was a miserable race. This year, the air was extremely dry due to the fires that were/are happening up north. I pray those fires end soon.
The hardest part of the course was the last mile and a half. It was one of those endings where you THOUGHT you were done but you weren’t. You knew you were close but the course kept taking a turn, then a corner and then ANOTHER corner. That was NOT COOL but I am being over dramatic. Yes, I was “the information / course map” lady the day before but MY GOODNESS…that run seemed like it was never going to end! LOL!
I am still trying to brave the cold at the start of the race. I had arm warmers and gloves but after a mile in, I didn’t need any of it. UGH! Let me tell you, it’s hard to run and strip at the same time. HA!
After running 2_half marathons within a 3 week window, I suffered a little post-event depression. Apparently this is a real thing. The feeling was worse after the second half marathon. Of course I did a little research and found out that athletes who dedicate so much time, energy and excitement to one event and have nothing lined up after the event can suffer from a bit of depression. WHO KNEW? The feeling sucks but luckily I was able to recognize what it was and snap out of it by the third or fourth day.
Another great thing about this race, I improved my time by a minute and half. So, either I ran the heck out of the Temecula half marathon or I could have run faster for Silver Strand half marathon. Either way, I am happy with my time and effort.
I do have to let you know, I am on the lookout for another event to finish out the year! It definitely doesn’t have to be a half marathon, but it has to be longer than a 5K and shorter than a full marathon. LOL! Just thinking out loud. What’s your next race?