Today’s Agenda: America’s Finest City Half-Marathon.
The event has come and past. In all aspects, it was a success. Finishing in 2:11:28, I set a new PR in the San Diego race.
After setting multiple alarms and asking for a wake-up call, I gave America’s Best City my best effort. A new PR is what I came for. I know I talked about a sub 2:10, so I already have my next goal set.
Melissa and I boarded the bus in Balboa Park. It was a quick ride to the start point. I spent the next two hours visiting the restrooms and talking with other runners. Then after the sound of the gun, we were off.
The course began with 4 miles downhill. That was the easy part. I kept a fast pace around a sub 10-minute mile. As it flattened, so did my speed. The legs felt good, breathing was fine and I had Melissa pushing me not to slow myself.
Mile 7 brought the fatigue I had been avoiding. My gel helped me fight through it. Everything was good except for a numbing sensation in my arm, that followed me through the entire race. If anyone knows any causes, please leave a comment. I’m curious.
Melissa had pushed me all the way to mile 10. I got an energy burst, blew a kiss and was off. Everything was good till mile 11.5 where runners began the mile ascent.
I may have been doing hill workouts over the past couple months but I struggled. Battling the urge to walk, I made it to the top. It seemed like forever to find the finish line but I eventually did.
The West Coast city provided ideal weather conditions, beautiful scenery and lots of supporters along the course. It was a fantastic experience. A race I would rate very highly. I plan on highlighting more trials and tribulations from the AFC Half-Marathon in a later blog.
Get out and fill your passion bucket,