Lifetime half marathon #98…feeling great to countdown to #100 at the JetBlue Long Beach Half Marathon!
I was not so great because I had to detour to use the facilities! Ugh! Honest runner talk here…I am pretty good about being able to go (you know, go go) before a race. I don’t know what happened on this day. I didn’t go at home and then I had to go during the race, about 3 miles in. I detoured once to find a restroom but had no luck. When I ran the loop, I saw a restroom but it was across the big street. I had no choice. I ended up running an extra .3 of a mile but what could I do? Sigh. It happens. It’s crappy but it happens. (Pun intended.) 🙂
On to the good stuff…the race! I love running with A Better World Running! The race directors are Michelle and Mark and they are amazing! I’ve known them for a long time as we are all members of AREC in Long Beach. They put on great races in the SoCal area.
This race was the Summer Breeze race in Van Nuys. There was a full, half, 10k and 5k. I began the day by volunteering at registration, checking people in. This race had chip timing and there were many people registering on race day.
After volunteering, I got ready to run. We walked through the tunnel to the start across the street. It was a nice warm-up walk. We began at Woodley Park on the bike path.
There was a good amount of shade at the beginning of the race, as we ran through the park.
Mark and Michelle are really good at marking the course with chalk and cones. This was my first time running the Van Nuys course. I’ve done many of the races in Santa Monica, Long Beach and Huntington Beach. This was my first Van Nuys race and I didn’t know where we were going but the course was well-marked and I didn’t have any problems.
We ran through to another park with shady areas. This was very nice since the beach races don’t have any shade. I love running at the beach but it was hot so the shade was necessary!
We ran around the golf course for the half/full loop.
Some parts of the loop have an option to run on the dirt. This part of the golf course was also nice and shady!
After this section, we turned left. You really can’t get lost!
We ran on asphalt for a bit and then were on a dirt path.
On my 2nd loop on the dirt path, my I had my second not-so-great occurrence. I was busy getting some nutrition out of my pack and stepped into part of the dirt path that was uneven. I turned my foot a little and almost went down but was able to catch myself. Argghhh…I’ve been so good with all of my trail running to not fall and here I almost go down in a mostly road half!
After the second loop, I passed the aid station and finally came to path leading to the finish! We got to run through a tunnel for the finisher’s chute!
I was greeted by RDs, Mark and Michelle and my friend, Jennifer!
Hooray! It was hot but luckily there was enough shade to make it tolerable and I was feeling pretty good despite the 8 mile trail run the day before. I know I’ll be a stronger runner with some back-to-back runs like this.
The best part, of course, is seeing friends at the finish!
We chatted about our runs and just hung out. We were able to cheer in the marathoners as they finished. We even got massages at the end!
A Better World Running races are awesome! They’re small, inexpensive, friendly races put on by fellow runners who know what runners need. The course is well-marked and there’s an aid station. There are tons of photos taken by a professional photographer and the RDs themselves for free download. The medals are great, too! At the finish, there are goodies for refueling and just a wonderful, friendly vibe amongst runners.
I had a great #98! I got to volunteer, run and cheer on runners! I love A Better World Running races for truly embodying the runner spirit. I knew my countdown to #100 had to have a race with my Capricorn buddy, Michelle and Chalk Boss Mark! Thank you, Michelle and Mark for all that you do for the running community!
A Better World Running also has awesome gear for a great price! My compression sleeves were perfect to help me recover after the half! I’m looking forward to my next race with ABWR! I already know that I’m doing the Monster Dash on Halloween day and the Thanksgiving series!
Your path, your pace, Tam