Half marathon #99! I ran the Girls on the Go Half on September 20, 2015 in San Dimas at Bonelli Park. I chose this race as I hadn’t run a Girls on the Go event before and I hadn’t run at Bonelli Park prior to this either. I like to mix things up and keep things fresh! 😉 I really needed my INKnBURN robot capris for this race. I needed my legs to be a machine because it had a very long week at work and helping my parents with home stuff.
Parking was easy and there were actual restrooms to use since we were in a park. The race festival was small but nice–clothing, race booths, bib pick-up and food. Overall, it was a smaller, intimate race.
It was sunny and warm at the start!
The views on the course were really pretty.
We had a view of Raging Waters from where we ran. We even crossed a little creek and ran on some trail. I liked the variety with trail and road.
I tried to enjoy the views as it was very warm.
What I didn’t like about the course was that we ran an out-and-back section that had a Mile 8 marker but it was only about Mile 5. So I knew we’d be coming back that way again. Hmm, not so fun. That happened again on another road and it wasn’t fun.
I liked running around the lake. Beautiful views.
There were funny signs along the course which were very entertaining! They made me chuckle and keep on moving.
The trail was a welcome reprieve toward the end. It was nice and shady. There wasn’t much shade on the course. It was an especially warm day, too–in the 90s when I finished.
I saw my beautiful friend, Luisa, on the course and it was great to see her at the finish! I love seeing friends at races.
Run Racing was at the race to promote the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon and the Holiday Half. I got to meet Run Racing CEO, Bob Seagren. We chatted about the race and he showed us the shirt for this year! Fellow ambassador, Sarah and I, had a good time spreading the good word about the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon!
I was passing out my ambassador cards for Long Beach and met a runner. She wasn’t feeling well so I got her a bagel. We chatted a while and she asked how many halves I’d run and I told this was #99. She was amazed but I told her it has been 13 years and that I don’t go fast but just keep on going. She was supposed to run this race with her sister but a family emergency came up so she was there alone.
The next day, she emailed me and said my story inspired her to run one half per month! She’d been afraid to make the commitment but talking to me and other runners made her realize she could do it! She’d read some of my posts on this blog and was inspired. I don’t know who I may reach with this blog but I’m happy to share my story with anyone who needs it. It was meant for us to talk that day and I love that running brings people together, connects us and keeps us motivated.
Your path, your pace, Tam