I went to the expo Friday-- it opened at noon and I got there early. My goal was to get in and out so that I could beat the Friday afternoon traffic. I arrived a little early and waited with all the other early birds. At noon, the doors opened and they directed us where to go for our bibs, then our shirts. I looked around a bit, but the area was cramped and there weren't any booths that I just had to see. (And if I'm being honest, I'm saving up for the runDisney expo I'm going to in a few weeks)
The race started on time, but I was a little disappointed that there was no sound system for the people who were not in the front waves. I enjoy hearing the national anthem at the start of a race and I honestly don't know if was even played for this race. I was in the middle of the pack and we couldn't hear the announcer until we were almost at the start line.
Once the race started, I knew early one this wasn't going to be my day. I can't pinpoint what was wrong, but I never found my grove. And I struggled. A lot. About two miles in, I made the decision to turn off my watch and run "naked" the rest of the race. If you've ever run in Del Mar and the La Jolla areas, you know the coastal views are breathtaking-- this made up for everything.
|Enjoying the views!|
|Check out that elevation chart!|
This may be a "one and done" race for me. It's a beautiful course in areas that I run frequently, but the mental race was a tough one. I'll see how I feel about it next year.
|2 done, 1 to go!|
Until next time, happy running!