The she is beautiful pinkest 10K race recap

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. 

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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.



1 9:17

2 9:18

3 9:03

4 8:51

5 8:56

6 8:54

.20 1:26

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?

Coffee, duh!


26 Comments on “The she is beautiful pinkest 10K race recap

  1. Congras. I was going to ask the sme question about the chevron band:)

  2. That looks like such a beautiful race! I’m personally in the boat that would prefer a finisher’s t-shirt over a medal. I find no purpose in the bling, but a shirt I can work with. I’ve done a few races where you get other odd things like coozies or beer mugs, which I have also really appreciated.

    • Thanks! It was an incredible race. Totally agree with useful swag. If they offered a tank, I’d rock it. I’m the weird one who doesn’t like shirts with sleeves. Ha!

  3. Great job!! What beautiful views too. That sunrise is just amazing!
    I would definitely prefer a medal too. The course and the bling are usually the things that make me want to run a race. And usually all I want afterwards is water!

  4. Great time and congrats on your race!! I am ready for racing season to get started! Living in KY are races don’t start in high gear until middle of March! My first 5K is this weekend, hoping I can survive!!

  5. Wow! Speedster! Congrats on such a great race 🙂 The pictures of the sunrise is so beautiful. That area of SC always makes me smile so I can only imagine running it in the early morning hours. Love your entire outfit. And yes, I would pay extra for some race bling!

  6. I love the picture of you toward the finish totally killing it! It was so great to enjoy such a gorgeous race with you. I will definitely be taking you up on that offer of meeting the adorable Bam, and I might even bring some kale along ;-). Maybe your husband can even add it to his cooking repertoire, hah!

    • I had a wonderful time with you too. I bought kale, you’ll have to come show me what the heck to do with it!!

  7. It was fun but when we got to the tables to pick up our shirts they didn’t have our sizes. There were also NO goodie bags left 🙁 I agree they should offer a medal.

    • Wicked bummer. I would think they would have enough goodie bags considering it was a sold out event. I’m glad you had a good time though!!

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