Long Beach Half Marathon – Race Recap

As I shared after the race on Sunday, Kyle and I both ran the Long Beach Half-Marathon this past weekend – not the full marathon as I had originally planned.

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This was my 2nd half-marathon – the first being the Monster Dash in the fall of 2011 – and I was definitely much less prepared for this race than my first.

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I steadily trained for the full marathon from May-August but after the move to Chicago, starting a new job and finding out about some health issues, my training basically stopped. I didn’t stop running altogether but I wasn’t running more than 4-5 miles 3 times per week. Definitely not marathon (or half-marathon) training runs!

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Anyways, onto the race recap!

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We woke up bright and early and fueled with bananas and peanut butter before heading over to the race. Our hotel – The Long Beach Courtyard Marriot – was only a few blocks from the race start and finish lines!

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Our race was supposed to start at 7:30am but because of the masses (like 10,000+ – not kidding!) of people running the race, we didn’t actually cross the start line until 8am and we were one of the first groups to start!

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The overall course was gorgeous. We had great views of Long Beach and the Pacific Ocean but man was the course crowded. We were weaving in and out of crowds, trying not to trip ourselves in order to pass other runners throughout the ENTIRE race. I expect this to happen during the first 2-3 miles of every race as people overestimate their pace but passing people for 13.1 miles is a little ridiculous.

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Because of our delayed start time, we made a quick bathroom pit-stop around Mile 3. That 1-minute break was much needed and I was actually happy to be able to focus on running rather than my full bladder!

Since I was following Kyle’s lead throughout the race (This was his 1st half-marathon and since I didn’t really have a training plan/goal, I decided to stick with him as a running buddy.) we made quite a few water stops over the next several miles. I didn’t drink at all of them – I don’t like the way water feels sloshing around my belly while running. He also requested a few walking breaks – one around Miles 7, 8 and 10.

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Once we hit Mile 10, I knew I could not walk again or I’d never be able to start up running and make it across the finish line so I continued on ahead of Kyle.

As a side note, I’ve decided that running buddies are key to long runs and races. Those last 3.1 miles were killer and I hit a major wall that probably would have been much easier to overcome had I been running with someone.

Speaking of hitting a wall – I want to give a shout out and a HUGE thank you to all of the race spectators. Your cheering, funny signs, bite-sized candy and orange slices made those last few miles bearable and also made it possible for me to finish the race! Who knew that a granny telling each runner that they were a sexy beast, a tiny Milky Way and sucking the juice out of an orange slice could fuel me for a few miles??!

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On Mile 11 (or Mile 24 for her…), Monica from Run Eat Repeat zoomed past me! I love her blog and was pretty much in blog-celebrityville for those few moments. You can give me the Creeper McCreeperton award for the race because I snapped a photo of her as she passed by.

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Yep, I’m that creepy.

Anyways, I eventually made it across the finish line and man, why is that last mile always so emotional??! Spectators are cheering, you’re delirious and I always have to focus on breathing in order to not break down into tears, hyperventilate and/or collapse from sheer exhaustion.

My official time was 2:18 – slower than my first half-marathon time of 1:52 but still okay considering that I didn’t train and haven’t ran more then 4-5 miles in the past month.

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Kyle’s official time was 2:23! I was impressed considering that he came to the race after spending a week in Russia, it being his first race of this length and only making it up to a 9-mile run during his training. Yay for Kyle!

After donning my medal (they gave me the full marathon medal since my bib was for the full) and shoving a bag of Cheez-Its, a Rice Krispy Treat, a banana and fruit snacks down my trap, Kyle crossed the finish line. And yes, I was able to eat that much sugary-carby goodness in less than 5 minutes. My body craves some major carbs to replenish its energy stock after a race of that length and I couldn’t chew the food fast enough!

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Once we got our finisher’s photo, we wobbled back to the hotel to clean up before gorging ourselves with pizza and beer. Typical.

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So what are my overall thoughts?

It was a beautiful course but I just can’t recommend the half to anyone. It was way too crowded to be enjoyable and probably actually quite dangerous at some points because of thousands of runners. I actually overheard a spectator call us a herd of wildebeests. (I’m sorry sir but the only time I’ll respond to the term beast is when the word sexy is in front of it!) I think the full is another story – I’d love to try that one out, maybe next year??!

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I’m not sore in the least. (Pre-publishing edit – I was actually sore 2 days after the race but only my glutes… apparently they can power me through 13.1 miles ;) ) I’m really shocked about this considering my lack of training. It just goes to show that other types of fitness like Body Pump, Yoga and Cardio Kickboxing keep you in damn good shape and are just as important as actual running when preparing for a race!

After being able to finish this race, I think there’s something to be said for under-training. Yes, you need to be able to run and be in great cardiovascular health to run long distances but your muscles should not be fatigued. My muscles were fresh and ready to run and that they did. I also have a little bit more “fluff” right now than I’ve had the past year(s) – moving and stress do a number on the bod – and that probably powered me through the race as well… and don’t worry, I’m workin’ on it… with Body Pump and Cardio Kickboxing on my side, I’m determined to be back into my normal shape by the holidays!

How’s that for a super long post? If you’re still here, I’m glad because I really wanted to share with you my thoughts about the race and running a half-marathon without training!

What are your thoughts on training for long-distance races? What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run?

Comments

  1. Congrats girl!!! You did awesome, especially considering you didn’t really train that much!

    I’ve never run a long distance race before – the farthest I’ve ever run was 10km last summer, and then shortly after that my knee started giving me problems, so I never got past that distance. I would love to run a half marathon in the future though!
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    • Thanks Chelsea! I was pretty proud considering my lack of training :) I had never run a long distance until 2011 when I decided to just pick up it for the heck of it. Hopefully your knee doesn’t give you any problems if you decide to pick it up again!

  2. Congrats! My HM goal time is as close to 2 hours as possible so maybe I should try your casual training approach! JK I def need the training to help me mentally power through. But I agree that you can do so much more than you think without completely training.
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    • Thanks! When is your half? If you’re training, you will definitely be ready and good to go! My goal for my first half was 2:10 and I blew that out of the water so I bet you surprise yourself!

  3. I have been waiting to hear about this :) I’m so proud of you for your time on the half! I think that you did great considering all you had on your side! I definitely wouldn’t enjoy that race as I don’t like weaving in and out of people. Maybe they will try to fix that for next year. Love that you saw Monica! Haha What time did they start running?!
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    • Thank you, Heather! The marathoners were supposed to start at 6am but ended up starting 15-20 minutes for an undetermined cause… strange? So I think she finished around 3:50ish for marathon time.

  4. Wait I want to run a race where a granny tells me I’m sexy! And gives me milky ways. And finish the race with cheez it’s. You had it made! I hit the wall at the same time as Kyle did. Miles 7, 8, and 10 were the hardest for me and I stopped and walked at the water stops for them too. Hey, as long as we finished :) I think under training is WAY better than overtraining. I didn’t run nearly as many miles as I did for the half in May and I felt infinitely better even though my time was the same. Your body is less fatigued so it has more energy to make it that far! Anyways I’m glad you mostly enjoyed it minus the crowds and there’s no better way to celebrate than pizza.
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    • Haha – right??! Californians are apparently the best spectators EVER! Walls are the worst as are fatigued muscles. I actually recovered much quicker after this race (and could actually walk…) because I wasn’t overtraining for 3 months prior!

  5. Great job to you and Kyle! I totally agree there is some benefit to undertraining in terms of running if you’re training your body in other ways. It’s a testament to your strength that you get whip out 13.1 miles with very little training. You better be proud of that because I damn well would be!!!! So fun you saw Monica :)
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    • Thanks Davida! And yes, I’ll run every race possible if I can have blog-celebrity sitings at each ;) I’m such a creeper! PS. I read your MPLS post but don’t think I commented because I was awkwardly rushing to a plane. So glad you made it to the MC farmer’s market and other delicious areas of the city :)

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, lady! I was curious to hear about which race you were going to run and how it went, and I think you did awesome given the circumstances.

    I’e never run more than 5 miles at once, but I have to admit that hearing all the talk of running and racing lately has really given me the running bug. Who knows… I might just end up lacing up those running shoes again :D
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    • Thanks Amanda! Running bugs… those are the most dangerous of bugs. You better brace yourself for some serious illness ;) We definitely need to chat if you decide to start running again! I think I’m definitely going to change up my training from here on out – more focus on cross-training in order to prevent injury, build strength and prevent boredom!

  7. Rockstar! You kicked some serious butt (as did Kyle) and I think you did great considering all the transitions you guys have been going through. Love the point that you made that training isn’t all about running – proof that cross training is so important as well.
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    • Thank you, Sarah! Now I believe that cross-training is just as (if not more…) important than actually running! We’ll have to see how I plan out future race training because of this race :)

  8. Yessss I’ve been so excited for this post! Great job to both of you! That is so frustrating though having to weave in and out of the crowd the entire race! Like you said, you can expect that within the first couple of miles but not the whole race. That would drive me nutso. Next year I think a half marathon is going to have to go on my to-do list!
    I did run a half marathon two summers ago. I was in a pretty bad flare-up and it was silly of me to run it, but I did. It was miserable. I want to prove to myself that I can have fun with it but I need to make sure I am in the healthiest state possible.

    So proud of you both!! Wooooo!!
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    • Thanks Melanie!! I think we should do a blogger Chicago marathon/half-marathon fun weekend :) And I’m not sure I could ever “have fun” running either a half or a full… it’s fun once you cross the finish line ;) But I agree, you should definitely try for one when you’re healed – you will feel better and do much better! Can’t wait to talk on Tuesday <3

  9. Congrats lady! I think you did amazing, especially considering your lack of running lately. I absolutely believe in the power of crosstraining when it comes to running – being able to pull that out shows that all the other workouts you’ve been doing definitely allowed you to maintain some awesome strength and endurance. And congrats to Kyle as well, that’s awesome for his first race, especially right after a trip like that.
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    • Thanks Sam! Cross-training is key and I’ve decided that for my marathon (I WILL run one next year, darn it!) that I’m only going to run 3x/week and cross train 3x/week. It’ll prevent burnout and injuries and just keep me happier :)

  10. Huge congrats to both you and Kyle for finishing the race! I’m sorry to hear it was so crowded while running, but at least you had some pretty sites to view. I’m impressed with your and Kyle’s time considering you haven’t been running as much as you would have liked and he was off in Russia.
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    • Thanks Nicole! I think I can thank adrenaline for my time ;) It always kicks in during races for me and I tend to run faster/better than I anticipate! I was also starving midway through the race which pushed me across the finish line, ha!

  11. Congrats to both you and Kyle!
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  12. Congrats to you and Kyle! I think you guys did awesome!!!
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  13. Crowded races a definitely a turn-off for me, but a beautiful course is definitely appreciated. I’m super impressed with your photo skills while you’re running! I had to laugh at the picture of your peanut butter. At first, it looked like there was a straw sticking out and I though, oh, what a unique way to consume peanut butter….lol

    Glad you both had a good race!!
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    • Haha – yes, that is actually a coffee stirrer/straw sticking out! We were in a hotel room and it was that or my finger… now that I think of it, I should have used my finger ;)

  14. Huge congrats! I’m laughing so hard at your creeper pic of Monica. I’m sure if I ever saw a big blogger in real life I’d do the same thing. ;) I guess after reading this I’m a little glad I didn’t run Long Beach after all…I’ve read terrible things about how crowded it was but I kept shrugging that off.
    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles recently posted…What Happens When School Closes DownMy Profile

    • Had you registered for it?? I thought you had for some reason… And yes, SO MANY PEOPLE. And I have actually never seen so many people walk in a race either. Craziness. Luckily my creepy Monica siting paid off for the crowds ;) Haha!

  15. Good job girl! And the eyelash tinting is awesome although it burned s little kinda like I got soap in my eye.
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    • Thanks Sara!! GAHHH – I can’t wait to see it IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!! So soon, I’m getting pumped :)

  16. Congratulations!!!! You finished another half marathon. And a really good reminder that cross training is a great workout too! And I love that you took a pic of Monica!!!
    Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted…Happy 9th Birthday AbbyMy Profile

    • Thanks Katie! Haha – I am a total creeper right? Better stay away from me during races or I’ll snap creepy photos of you as well ;)

  17. So proud of you, you sexy beast ;). Congrats to you and Kyle!

    Also, please don’t make me run during girls’ weekend. I WILL however, march around town in ridiculous heels. Does that count?
    carly @ snack therapy recently posted…Snack TimeMy Profile

    • Thanks Carly! And the only running we will be doing that weekend is from one bar to the next – in sexy heels of course ;)

  18. i loved reading about your race adventures! and i love that you snapped a pic of monica. way to rock a 1/2 marathon with your hubby! my one and only full marathon was done similarly. i trained but too early and then ran one 8 miler 2 weeks before. the cross training totally helps! congrats becky!

    • Thank you, Kendra! I plan on actually making it through an entire full next year, as long as I can get my iron levels back to normal before then :) I really want to cross that finish line!

  19. Love that yoga shirt!!

  20. Congratulations! That’s an awesome time, especially since you didn’t really train for it. The longest distance I’ve run without stopping is 8 miles. I’d like to do a half marathon eventually, but my attention span can only handle so much, so I’d definitely need to work on the mental part of it.
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    • Thanks Kelly! Yes, training long distances alone can be the WORST! And honestly, when I actually trained for my first half, I walked a lot. I would make it to mile 7 or 8 and then run a mile, walk 2 minutes… And I didn’t end up walking at all during that half! Adrenaline does wonders :)

  21. I’m glad the race went well! I was confused when I saw you tweeting and Instagraming about it because I knew you’d decided not to run the full. I didn’t realize you were going to run the half! I agree with what others have said that I’m so impressed that you ran that distance without really training. That is AMAZING!
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    • Thanks Amy! I decided to make up my mind the day of the race to what I was going to run… the full was obviously out of the question but I felt good so I chose to run with Kyle :)

  22. Yay congrats! I am so glad to read this post today as I have my first half on Sunday and I am not running at all this week! Silly knee. But I am so impressed that you ran this with little/no training. Beast. Mode. Way to be girl!
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    • Thanks Amy! You can DEFINITELY do your first half without running this week. Your muscles (and knee) will be well-rested and you’ll probably run better by taking a little rester! Next time I train for a race, I am only going to run 3x/week and focus on cross-training the rest of the days. I just get burnt out much too easily and I’d rather enjoy the process than dread it!

  23. CONGRATS to you and kyle! your a rockstar for doing it!<3 you look gorgeous as always & love your peace love yoga shirt : )
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    • Thanks Cait! I got it from Yoga Outlet.com and it is my new favorite shirt. I thought it was perfect for California :)

  24. A huge congrats on your half! Thanks for your honest thoughts on it too. Long distance running isn’t my favorite – I go in phases with it I guess. ;)
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    • Thank you, Ashley! I go in phases about long distances… sometimes I love them, other times they are the worst thing that has ever happened to me ;)

  25. It sounds like you still did great regardless of the circumstances!
    Big congrats to both you and Kyle! You both did awesome!
    I definitely am a huge believer in cross training. When I was a swimmer, that was a big part of our training as well.
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    • Thanks Lisa!! Cross training is needed for many reasons… to keep all of your muscles strong, prevent injuries and to keep from burning out from too much repetition!

  26. I also had to take a bathroom break during my half, but mine lasted about 10 minutes because everyone decided they needed to use the same port-o-potty at the same time…. Sigh. Congrats! The race looks so much fun & such a beautiful view.
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    • Bathroom breaks during races are ridic! I wouldn’t have had to need one if we would have started on time, ha! And I feel you on the line… we ran by the first 3 because there were crazy lines and I didn’t think it would be worth it.

  27. Congrats on finishing! You definitely made great time, I’d say! I’m hoping to finish within a few minutes of my original 1/2 time (faster or slower is fine), but I don’t want to be too far off…lol BUT I remember seeing the 13 mile sign and getting really teary. Then I saw my mom in the distance and told myself to pull it together, there’s no crying in running! ;)
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    • Haha – love that, no crying in running ;) Your DSM Half is this weekend, right??! Good luck!! You’re going to be awesome!

  28. Holy crap, way to go! You finished 10 minutes faster than I finished my half on Saturday and I actually attempted to train haha. Way to go!
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  29. Way to go on minimal training :) And congrats to Kyle as well for his finish. Be proud. You ran a 1/2 marathon! No easy feet when trained for and even harder when hardly trained for.

    I hate crowds and the weaving and such. Was there no corrals or start waves? For something that big, I would expect so. Did the marathoners start with you too or did they have a different start time. Most races that have multiple distances (that I have ran) make sure the distances each have their own start time so there isn’t mass congestion.

    Hahaha. Love how you snapped a pic of Monica. :) I would have too.

    Longest distance I have ever run was 20 miles, this past Saturday for marathon training. Runner’s high to the extreme!
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    • Thanks Sonia! There were definitely start waves but about 200 people started with each one and they weren’t clearly defined by time/pace. We started in Wave 5 (I think…) and I think there were at least 15 more waves behind us! You’re going to rock your upcoming marathon – 20 miles, get it!

  30. Jeez that’s an awesome time for little training! And congrats to Kyle too! A beer was definitely well deserved after that ;)! And I hate runs when there are a TON of people. I’ve never done one quite that large but I can only imagine how frustrating it was.
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  31. Dang girl, you rocked it out!!! I can’t wait to hear more tomorrow and cheers to you!
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    • I can’t wait to catch up tomorrow!!! And to respond to your comment a few days ago about the Chi-town marathon – YESS!!! Although I’m slightly concerned about extreme heat or snow/ice so I may opt for Cali again ;)

  32. Congratulations!! Loved reading this recap, sounds like both you and Kyle did so so well with it!! I feel your pain about dodging and weaving around people, my race had 11,000 people in it and it was exactly the same way. I admire your ability to run and take photos at the same time. I never run with my phone or a camera so can’t even think of doing this but I think I’d be too puffed to even attempt it anyway, that or my sweaty running hands would probably drop and smash my phone ;)
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    • Haha – it takes much talent and practice to take photos while running ;) I always try to take shots of cool scenes and/or funny people to keep me entertained!

  33. Congrats on finishing another half marathon!! Whoo hoo!!
    I love that you took a picture of someone you really idolize….I would have done the same thing ;-)
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    • Hahaha – I was just so in shock that I had to take a photo. I fumbled my phone a bit because my fingers were sweaty but I managed the perfect creeper photo in the end ;)

  34. Congrats on a great race! I don’t like crowded races either!!

    The longest distance I’ve raced is a half!
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    • Thanks Rebecca! The crowds make it so difficult to meet your goal time and almost dangerous as well since you’re basically tripping over one another the entire time!

  35. Congrats on finishing the half marathon! You did awesome from not training much the past few months. My husband did the same thing with the Chicago marathon a few years ago. He signed up early, and the furthest he ever ran during training was 12 miles once (I was rollerblading with him, haha). I was actually worried for him during the race, but he was fine! Look forward to reading more about your time in Chicago :)

    • Thanks, Kim! I love that you spent time rollerblading with your husband while he was training :) I do want to do the Chicago full next year, let’s just hope I don’t move and/or get sick in the middle of training, ha! Do you two live in the Chicago area?

  36. You go girl–congrats, thats an awesome time! I love reading about race recaps! I would really like do a race in Cali sometime in the future!
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    • The weather was SO perfect! That’s why I like racing there… no worries about snow or extreme heat like here in the Midwest!

  37. Thanks Erica! Good luck to you this weekend – You’re so speedy so I’m sure you’ll do great!

  38. bahahahaaa I love your running stalker-ing :P You’re awesome, and I’m so proud of you for running!
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  39. You did awesome Becky! Great job! See? You don’t need to train by running all the time. Body Pump will take care of everything! ;)

    I can’t believe it was so crowded but I guess that’s California for ya. There are just so many damn people here and I’ve heard Southern California is much worse.

    And that’s hilarious that you took Monica’s picture! Haha, I love it.
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  40. So glad the marathon was a success! You are so tough mentally and physically to complete it! I would not have liked how crowded it was at all. I can’t believe how hungry it made you. No matter how much I exercise, I feel like I’m never hungry. Will there be more marathons in your future?
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    • Yes! I want to sign up for the Chicago next year, I’m just concerned about extreme heat or snow/ice in the midwest in October. I might have to try for the Long Beach full again :)

  41. Nice job on the race! That is so fun that you & your hubby did it together for the most part :)

    p.s. SO true about being fit in other ways helping with running–esp with weight training. Any race I’ve done I’ve been wayyy running undertrained but have been just fine in the actual race & not crazy sore.

    Yay for finishing!

  42. Hello, my name is Monica and you took a picture of my butt. I kinda love it because it’s flattering :)

    Great job on the race!
    RunEatRepeat recently posted…More Half Marathon and Marathon DiscountsMy Profile

    • I’m glad you’ve discovered the full extent of my creepiness :) When a running blogger passes you, sometimes you just gotta take a photo, even if it is off their butt, haha!

  43. great job!! 2:18 – and 2:23 – is a pretty awesome time. well done, both of you! i LOL’d at the part about monica passing you, haha.
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  44. congrats! love your race recap.
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  45. Great job on your race, it’s really a big accomplishment. I am not kidding when I say I have never ran a complete mile. Shameful, I know. I love working out and doing bootcamp stuff, but I have yet to actually run 1 mile. So, you go girl!
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  46. I totally just searched Long Beach Half marathon recap and I am so happy I found your blog! What a great recap! I ran that race too as my first ever half and loved reading your experience and seeing your photos from the course to relive it! Congratulations. Excited to be a new follower. :)
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    • Thanks for stopping by Lauren! And congrats on your first half. Long Beach is beautiful – do you live near there? I can’t wait to check out your blog!

      • I never saw you asked me a question….yes, I actually live about 25 minutes from Long Beach. It was such a beautiful course…I mean I have nothing to compare to since it was my first lol, but can’t beat running along the beach! You’ll have to come out here for another So Cal race!!

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