[race recap] rock ‘n’ roll san diego half-marathon.

8 Jun

So last Sunday was the Rock n Roll Half Marathon. While I didn’t spot SR, I did smash my previous PR by about 6 minutes (from April 3, 2011 at the Madrid Half Marathon, 1:44).

I set my alarm for 4:45 race morning, downed a banana and some water, along with half a peanut butter clif bar and made my way over to the start. While there was some race logistics that weren’t perfect, I got to the start on time and didn’t have any major complaints. This race is not that spectator friendly, though, so I’d definitely have a plan if you are contemplating doing this race and having people watch you. It’s a point-to-point as well, so while I normally don’t run with a cell phone I decided to this time to make meeting up with my roommate easier at the finish.

Here’s a photo of me looking like I am dying. Funnily, I felt great most of the race, and had minor knee pain. Miles 10 and 11 were a little rough (boring course, side ache, and I was getting tired), but luckily I didn’t slow down TOO much.

My goal going in was just to run relaxed, have fun, and to not re-injure my IT band or my knee. I wanted to keep the first 6 miles around 8 minute miles, but I was looking at my Garmin and noticed my time, and just decided to keep that pace as long as I felt relaxed.

The first 3-4 miles were pretty – through downtown SD and the gorgeous Balboa Park area. Miles 5-7 were boring – on a slanted freeway with little crowd support. Whatever. Thank god these were early miles at least.

The bands on the course were unremarkable, but with any big race there were lots of spectators, people cheering, and TONS of water stations, gatorade, and even a GU stop at mile 9. I took water at every other station, a GU at mile 9, and a little gatorade at one of the later stops.

My splits:

Mile 1 – 7:09

Mile 2 – 7:22

Mile 3- 7:22

Mile 4 – 7:09

Mile 5 – 7:30

Mile 6- 7:32

Mile 7 – 7:00

Mile 8 – 7:25

Mile 9 – 7:39

Mile 10 – 7:32

Mile 11 – 7:53

Mile 12 – 8:10

Mile 13 – 7:38

Official Time: 1:38:55

I realized I was on track to PR and was SO incredibly happy to break 1:40. Considering in January I was in pain and running 1:48, I will take it – even if the course was considerably PR friendly.

After the race, I IMMEDIATELY hit up the beer garden. Yes, it was 8 am.

first things first.

As I mentioned in my last post, I bought my friend Blake’s bib. My roommate, Jenn, made this hilarious sign. I didn’t see her at Mile 10 (although she was there!) but I laughed super hard when I saw these at the finish.

(My apologies for the ghetto blurring job on his last name).

jenn’s friend joe and me post-race.

The race was a great experience. Solid time, beer, course, medal, and technical T-shirt. I can’t wait for my next 13.1 – and to finally get a 26.2 under my belt!

my “lucky” playlist.

What’s your favorite half-marathon?? Where did you set your PR? 

One Response to “[race recap] rock ‘n’ roll san diego half-marathon.”


  1. 2012 remixed. « That's G - December 31, 2012

    […] was officially summer. I kicked it off with a short trip to SD  with Jenn where I PR’d in the half-marathon (1:38:55), began my externship at the criminal courts building, did a little paddle boarding  (I […]

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