My best friend and I woke up early on Saturday ready to tackle the 8k. I ate a Quest Bar along with a crappy cup of hotel coffee, got dressed, and we made our way to the start. We stayed on Pacific Avenue and it only took us a couple of minutes to get to the start. We met up with Jennifer and tried not to look super cold in our pre race pics!
|Yikes, coffee hadn't kicked in quite yet!|
The 8k had corrals and I felt like I had a good amount of space the entire race. I actually feel like I went out a little too fast, but I felt so good and since I wasn't crowded I figured I would just go to it. I really wanted to ring the new PR bell, and I wasn't quite sure how the half was going to go.
The race was basically an out and back around the board walk and Atlantic Avenue and I loved every minute of it. We got to see a ton of the beach and ocean and I can't think of many other places I would rather run! The course was flat and after I warmed up a little I thought it was a perfect running temperature. There were two water stops with plenty of volunteers. Thanks, guys!
I finished the race in just under 43 minutes and was handed a water bottle, banana, pretzel, granola bar, and shamrock cookie. I really love post race snacks. We also got a fun shamrock coozie! I hung out around the finish area (and never felt like I was in the way!) and waited for my best friend to finish and then we headed to the beach to ring the PR bell!
|I really loved this bell.|
After ringing the bell we went into the tent and got our celebratory beer and stew. We hung out for a little bit and then headed back to the hotel to rest up until it was time to volunteer at the expo. Thanks again to J&A for another great race! I had a fantastic time!
|Check out Bart Yasso--I mean our awesome 8k shirts!|
To keep our Shamrockin' celebrations going, I'm linking up with Jennifer, Nan, and Sarah! Feel free to join in the fun! We all LOVE reading about our beloved J&A races!