Getting some goodies on the podium.
What a gorgeous race! The event was run flawlessly (even the weather cooperated) and the events for the elite athletes were top-notch.
The conditions leading up to my race were not exactly ideal: battling the flu, a knot in my IT band, falling on ice, and a twenty-miler on Monday. But I certainly can't complain about the results: I got second place overall!
It was a lonely race, because the first girl ran a 1:09 and I was all by myself from mile 4 on! I was a little disappointed with my time, but I just really didn't have any competition out there, so I let myself get comfortable for the last 4 miles. I am mad at myself for not giving it my all, but second place with a 90% effort is not too shabby. It was a great race before my marathon because now I am HUNGRY. I have to put in a few more weeks worth of work and then I get to redeem myself at California International!
A few articles from before and after the race:
JET SETTER: Ethiopian Gebre breaks course record with time of 1:09:43 - MontereyHerald.com
Big Sur Half Marathon Elite Field
Such a pretty place!
Goofing off before the awards.
Post race ice-bath in the bay. It was outrageously cold!