Surf City Race Recap

13.1 miles running & 7 miles on the bike
1:46:41
Silly Strides

Since there’s nothing better than guilt-free junk food imbibing on Super Bowl Sunday, I opted to once again run my not so favorite course because the ends justified the means.

IMG_2856What, you ask?  That pesky foot of mine?  Running?  *Gasp*

This is exactly why you need a good Sports Med doc (link to one I saw this week) who really understands mechanics, etc. and can ART the crap out of your tendons.  Turns out my foot problem, was really a crabby calf problem and we got it under control enough for me to continue training.

So early this morning, Margot, Sarah and I met at the starting line of the Surf City Half Marathon…and by meet I mean, the two of them came FLYING up about 10 seconds before our wave set off.

As the self-proclaimed BBB (Bruised & Broken Brigade) we set out to just have a fun training run- no Garmin, no obsessing about the time…just running. And fun we had.  While it wasn’t a PR for time, I did PR in special skills – I did get to practice other fun race skills like picking up dropped Gu without stopping running, grabbing dropped water bottles, taking pictures while running backwards (evidence below) and taking the most ridiculous race photos ever.  I’m pretty sure someone at MarathonFoto is going to be very scared when they find our bib #’s.

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The name of the game was fun and just running whatever we felt.  I think we were all surprised (except for Margot because she had on the watch) to find out we ran as fast as we did – all the while ensuring some Macarena and Gangam Style moves got laid out on the course.

When all was said and done we finished and even managed to find Skinny Runner and Monica (who was celebrating a big ol’ PR) after the full marathon and after chatting about important things like running spanx and how sexy compression socks are, we all went our separate ways to seek out some football and undoubtedly naughty foods.

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Me, Kristina, SR, Sarah, Margot and Monica (photo courtesy of SR)

Do you ever un-race your races?

What’s your favorite day to race on?
Any day when I want to eat anything the rest of the day seems like a good day to race for me :)

Have Your [cup] Cake and Eat it Too

4 miles [Thursday]

40 minutes Stairmaster
1 hour class (with SR)
Early Morning Strides

As I told you about, Wednesday was the super fabulous Road Runner Sports Girls Night Out at their Laguna Hills location.

See, they promised and delivered.

I met up with Heather, Tiffany and Sarah.

Heather, Tiffany and Sarah…but most importantly, the bubbly.

The evening was everything they promised it would be and more.  They promised cupcakes and champagne, which were plentiful.  Good thing Tiffany is currently clean eating because that meant more champagne and cupcakes for me.  Yes that was cupcakes plural as in more than a couple.  Whoops!

I mean, I’d hate to see them go to waste.

Turns out there was a good crowd, we even had supermodels in our presence.

Keepin’ it classy

You see, we Midwest girls have got to stick together and show Cali just how to put on your #classypants from time to time.  Nice work Sarah!  I think I’m going to run Long Beach with my underwear on top of my shorts next weekend.

And of course, my promise that anyone who comes to come with me to any such event where prizes are handed out is guaranteed a win held true.  Tiffany scored some major loot:  free massage, and a full Road Runner outfit.

We decided it’s because of my lucky “fur” – which is what my sons like to call the hair on my arms.  They give me lots of super self-esteem boosting commentary like this and “You’re dupa [Polish for butt] shake-ah’s” on a regular basis.

Me, I got lots of calories and snagged a free Adidas headband.

Yep, there she is…all the laser lemon love.

Unfortunately I had to bail on the event a little early because of a family emergency, which was a real bummer.  Every time I go to one of these events I feel like I see everyone I know, but the convos were cut short to be there for the fam.

This whole posts begs me to ask the question…

Have you ever met friends online?

I know, kind of creepy…but seriously, I’ve met some fabulous running ladies through blogging.  Way back in the day I started a book club from a parenting website as well.

So…do tell me your online friend stories.  I’d love to hear them!