Sunday morning I got up early for my third half marathon in a month. Spring is a great time of year for local races in the Sacramento area making it easy to train for one and keep the the momentum going with races just about every weekend. I saw a lot of the same runners at all three half marathons and I get it, the more races I do the easier and more relaxed they become. I’ve been able to see them as more of an opportunity to hang out with other runners and have fun collecting experiences and medals. It was rainy and gray Sunday, but it was just a light sprinkle compared to the Shamrock’n so I wasn’t worried.
I always lay my stuff out the night before the race in case I’m running late and/or half awake that morning.
And have the race bib and running outfit ready to throw on.
I registered for this race last minute because it’s local and inexpensive compared to the other two races I ran and supports a good cause. For a cheaper registration cost, there is a lot of features with a lively vendor expo going strong even before the race started.
And, unlike the Peace-Love-Run Half, there were plenty of outhouses filled with soap and hand washing stations – so many there weren’t any lines for them!
I noticed a lot of runners wearing Hoka shoes for this race and am tempted to try a pair myself for marathon training.
It was overcast and wet, but we only hit a few rain sprinkles during the race and the cooler weather was nice.
This half wasn’t a PR for me because it offered a new elevation challenge.
The first 5 miles consistently climbed uphill and pretty darn steep at times into the foothill neighborhoods which I’m not used to.
The total elevation was similar to the other races, but it was in one huge climb at the beginning of the race instead of a bunch of little hills. By mile 8, my legs were feeling more tired than usual and it was a game of positive mantras and micro intervals to keep my pace through the hilly neighborhood! Considering that challenge, I’m happy with my time and that recovery is going well.
When I came through the finish line, the vendor fair was still going strong with lots of great food for runners and samples like these simple Barnana vegan snacks.
I hung around the vendor area for a little bit, but was a sweaty mess from the humid weather and decided a hot shower could not wait much longer.
Then hubby and I stepped out for my new favorite post-race tradition – a huge, carby meal from Pho Vegan Asian Cuisine. He got the vegan broccoli “beef” which was great with spicy chili sauce.
And I got the lemon “chicken” with pineapple, also great with a bright, sweet lemony flavor, crunchy texture, and colorful.
And I love what a half marathon does to my step count for the day!
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