Surf City Half Recap – The Fun One

I did everything I set out to Sunday at the Surf City Half.

  • Put in 13.1 quality, long run miles  –  CHECK
  • Get a little more comfortable being uncomfortable  –  CHECK
  • Have fun with my friends  –  CHECK

I also did a few things I didn’t expect. Like go Garminless (forgot it), attempt to ‘pose’ for course photographers (fail evidence to come), and run perfect negative splits without knowing it.


(Margot’s times since I didn’t wear a chip (it was registered to Brian))

Bonus? Didn’t PW! Actually came in just a few seconds off my old Fontana PR.

The pace was challenging from the start, my legs were dead by mile 5 and the surprisingly roll’y first half really took a toll while I tried to keep up with Sheila and Margot. There were times I really REALLY wanted to slow down or walk – but they’d see me start lagging back and refuse to “just go on without me!” Each time it gave me an extra little push – even though they said time didn’t matter I still didn’t want to be the cause for a lackluster workout.

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With name&outfit-twin Sarah early in the race – credit Sheila with mad running-backwards photog skills

Around mile 10-11 (right around when K jumped in), I got a second wind and finally started feeling good. Unfortunately this was the same time Sheila’s newly acquired bitch stomach decided to get pissed. She urged us to finish strong without her, but after sticking by my pokey side for 90 minutes there was no way we weren’t finishing together.

(REALLY wish marathonfoto would’ve caught the cross-legged “party in my pants -not the good kind!” pose she pulled off at mile 12. Hilarious.)

In the last mile Sheila asked Margot if we’d come in under 1:55 (she was the only one wearing a watchand Margot kind of refused to answer. There were no clocks on the course and no one was keeping splits or paces, so when we crossed in 1:46xx I crapped myself a little.


photo cred Sparky aka @shesoffrunning <– thank you!

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(not a funny joke given Sheila’s predicament, I suppose)

Going in I had no idea what I’d be capable of. My long runs (6, 8, 10, 12mi) have been full of walk/rest breaks and anywhere from 840-9/min paces, so I figured I’d be lucky to squeek in under 1:50 without killing myself.

So yes, I’m very pleased with how it went. How running to effort – and not giving in when that effort seemed too much – worked out. As the official kickoff workout to Eugene Half training I’m pretty pumped to see how much time I can shave off with 12 weeks of hard workouts.

I’m ready, bring it on.


sheila, K, SR, me, Margot, Monica (orig cred SR)

Surf City Half, 2.3.13  –  1:46.39

Sarah OUaL

* And thank you reader Lauren for letting us park at your place! Internet friends FTW :)


24 thoughts on “Surf City Half Recap – The Fun One

  1. Awesome job!

    I totally saw you at the race! I finished in the 1:46s as well and thought I saw you in the finish corral but was dying from just finishing. I’ll be at Eugene running the full so next time I’ll say hi!


  2. What an incredible time! You’re going to crush Eugene. I love your running skirt, is that a Bum Wrap? SO disappointed not to have met you! I am doing this race next year for sure, it looks like a gorgeous course. Congratulations speedy girl!


  3. So glad your race went well! I am struggling through marathon training without re-injuring my IT band. Beer and physical therapy are the only things keeping me sane. LOVE the new look of the blog!


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