This morning I ran the pinkest 5 & 10K in Santa Cruz, CA. Since you all know I’m 82, we got there extra early. The upside to this is we also snagged a schweet (free!) parking spot and caught a beautiful sunrise. I kind of have a thing for sunrises and this one was absolutely incredible.
I met up with the beautiful Gina. She is super sweet and really cool to
freeze hang out with and chat about running, blogs and kale. Mike now affectionately calls her “kale chick” because she loves kale so much. Now let’s see if she ever wants to hang out with us again…
Another lighthouse picture for my favorite mother in law. Every time I see one, I can’t help but think of her.
It’s an out & back course and about 4 miles of it are along the ocean with stellar views. Running here is quite humbling for me. I am so grateful I get to do what I love again.
I also want to give a HUGE shout out to Mike for getting up early on his day off to drive the scary highway 17, take pictures, be my gear check and be my biggest supporter of this little hobby of mine. I kind of like him a lot.
A couple times I looked down at my Garmin and realized I was running in the 8’s (minute pace) and couldn’t believe how fast I was running and still feeling really good. I thought about slowing down a bit thinking I might not be able to hold onto that pace to the end. Then I decided to push it and hang on for as long as I could.
I got lucky because I finished feeling great and really happy with my time.
Average pace per mile 9:02
Not exactly negative splits, but I’ll take it.
I came in 84 out of 484 in my age group.
I thought the race was extremely organized. We live about 45 minutes away, so I picked up my bib the morning of the race and though it was very efficient. They also have chip timing and extra bonus points for handing out finishers super cute technical t shirt made by Nike in women’s fit & goodie bags after the race.
They even email your finishing time just minutes after finishing. I’ve never has a race do this before. What an awesome surprise.
This race definitely get’s a 10 out of 10 form SCB. Heck for $35 it’s totally worth it. The only thing I think they could change is to offer a medal. I’m willing to pay a little more for race bling. Maybe that’s just me?
Post race coffee is totally necessary. Totally.
Are you willing to pay a little more for race bling?
What makes you want to run a race? The course, bling, sponsors?
What is your favorite thing to do/eat/drink post race?