(Is that a bit redundant?)
Now that the post race glow (sweat) is gone, I've had a little time to think about my 13th half marathon.
First of all, there are no glorious photo finishes of just me running through or anywhere else on the race course. I also have photo proof that the group of Elvises (Elvi?) could outshine a girl in day glow-green. Here's what I've got:
This one is sort of OK. Just in case, I'm the one in the day glow tank top, right on the 5k marker.
I'm *just* to the right of the group of Elvises. They were stopping for photo ops with other people during that stretch of the race, making it HARD for me to even pretend to look like Kara Goucher for that last .1 mile.
I wanted to look like this.
This is as good as it gets!
This is the post race photo op that I almost didn't stand in line for:
Happy to have my third fastest half marathon in the books!
It turns out that this was my third fastest half marathon. My official PR is 2:13:11, which was Silver Strand 2007. Second fastest was also at Silver Strand 2009, clocking in at 2:13:30. I never would have guessed that last week's half marathon would rank third fastest thus far at 2:17:53. I'm thinking another Silver Strand half marathon is in my future, but I'm not sure about this year. This year isn't about speed. It's about being conservative and not pushing myself so hard that I yield to injury. 2011 is all about cruising.
I wonder if it's possible for me to cruise and PR? Perhaps it is. Hubs is cruising and PRing just about every race he's been in for the past year, even with foot issues. Speaking of Hubs, here's his glorious race action photo:
Hubs, early in the race, near the Aerospace Museum at Balboa Park.
Soon after the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll event, I celebrate a birthday. I kind of wish my birthday would fall right on race day, but the logistics never seem to work out, but it's OK. My birthday falls during post race recoup week, and that sort of gives me an excuse to throw caution to the wind, relax and wear balloon hats.
Balloon hats only after martinis.
I celebrated with these guys...
The Kid and The Dancer
The Guitar Hero
(Fuzzy, but The Kid was the photographer)
Me & Hubs
(From The Kid's perspective)
We celebrated my birthday at the Corvette Diner, a throw back to the 1950s and 1960s, which was Hubs idea, since we wanted to include The Kid and still enjoy adult beverages.
Of course I made a wish!
All is good. The martini glass IS empty.
Little Wing - Originally by Jimi Hendrix, redone by Santana featuring Joe Cocker