Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rock 'N' Roll San Diego

Half Marathon number 2! And just 3 1/2 weeks after OC! RNR San Diego was a beautiful run! I stayed with my Aunt who lives in Oceanside, so this made the drive a lot easier for me! Of course on race day, I woke up at 3:30 AM and prepared for battle. I drove to Sea World and parked my car...Sea World was the finish line for this race, but I was a smart guy and bought the Race Day Fast Pass! I boarded the bus which took us to the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. I arrived at the start village and picked up my bib, stretched a little and made my way to Corral 29. The gun went off and away we went! This was my second race, so I was way more comfortable with my pacing and endurance. This made this race much more enjoyable. We raced through Hillcrest and ended up in Balboa Park around mile 4 and 5. Now, I've been to Balboa Park serveral times, but to run through it was just beautiful. Especially as the sun was coming up! Talk about amazing sights.


The race took us on the highway and around the University of San Diego neighborhoods. I had a little difficulty around miles 11 and 12. Mostly because it was a switch back and no one likes to see that they have to run uphill at the point they are nearing exhaustion. But I digress. As we approached Mission Bay (where Sea World is located) my energy spiked! I was finishing my second race and I knew my time was light years faster than my rookie race! I saw my cousin and my brother at the finish line and gave hi-5's. I crossed the finish line at 2:15:41. I had shaved 10 minutes off of my rookie race. This was a new PR (personal record)! I made my way through the racer's chute and was BEAT! I remember almost falling over from the adrenaline drop haha. But I made it! This was a beautiful race! I like San Diego as a city anyway, so how could I not enjoy?