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REVIEW: SURF CITY HALF MARATHON ’15

RACE: Surf City Marathon/Half Marathon 2015

DATE: February 1, 2015

Bring on the bling!

Bring on the bling!

LOCATION: Huntington Beach, CA

DISTANCES: Half Marathon/Marathon

START TIME: 6:30am (Marathon)/7:45am (Half Marathon)

WEATHER AT START: 54° and sunny.

FINISHERS: 14,138- Half Marathon/ 2070- Marathon

(Updated from 2014 review)

So, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. What are you going to do before game time? Watch 10-hours of pre-game banter discussing which team has a better equipment manager? Heck no. Instead, why not run a half marathon (or a full), have fun, earn some bling and build up a major calorie deficit… so you don’t feel guilty stuffing your face during the Big Game.

Well, over 16,000 racers decided to just that and “kicked off” their day by pounding the pavement along Pacific Coast Highway with the annual running of the Surf City Marathon/Half Marathon.

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SURF CITY HALF MARATHON EXPERIENCE: POST MORTEM

Hi Everyone,

A fun race at the Surf City Half Marathon today. As for my “go slow strategery,” I didn’t keep my foot off of the gas as much as I should have, but I did take it a little bit easier than normal. But I will absolutely employ the slower pacing approach next month at the LA Marathon (it’s the smart way to go). Here’s the “skinny” on my run today:

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Two nice surprises, at today’s race. The first was unexpectedly running into numerous friends. I bumped into a trio of my Team To End AIDS teammates (two of whom also ran 20 miles on Saturday) at the start line. During the race I crossed paths with my friends Donielle and Loan (we did stop to take a quick selfie). And at the finish line I saw my friend Chris (or should I say he saw me) who had also followed a more conservative race strategy (to a sub 2-hour finish). I also saw several Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs on the course. Read the rest of this entry

SUPER BOWL SOCKS!

Good news everybody.

"Ambassador Devine." I like that.

“Ambassador Devine.” I like that.

This week I found out that I’ll be an ambassador again this year for PRO Compression. Yup, and I’ve got the cool emblem here to prove it.

I’m a compression sock/calf sleeve convert and if you don’t know about the advantages of compressions socks/gear, then be sure to give a read here. CHECK IT OUT!

This “Big Game” weekend PRO Compression is doing a Super Bowl sale, giving 40% off all the items in their store with free shipping on all orders over $20 (now you know how you can spend the money you win on your Super Bowl pool).

And they’ve got compression socks whether you’re a Patriots fan, Seahawk supporter or just cheering on the commercials like me this year (Green Bay will be back in 2015). Read the rest of this entry

RACE “STRATEGERY”

Hey Trippers,

This Sunday I’m lacing up my shoes to run the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach. It’s the site of my very first ever half marathon back in 2009 and this will be my third time pounding the pavement along this beautiful stretch of coast.

Last year I posted a 2:06:33, which was a PR for me at the time (I’d break it two months later at the Hollywood Half Marathon and then again at the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half). It’s a fun race with a great “surfboard” medal and a good calorie-deficit primer for all of the Super Bowl chowing to come later in the day.

If you asked me what my gameplan for the race would be six months ago, I’d say this was a no doubt “balls to the wall” PR race attempt. Read the rest of this entry

THE OC MARATHON EXPERIENCE: “AT THE FAIR”

Hi Trippers!

Woo Hoo...26.2!

Woo Hoo…26.2!

Greetings from sunny Newport Beach. Drove down around lunch time to grab my bib and tech shirt at the OC Marathon Expo.

Located at the OC Fairgrounds (which also serves as the finish line and race after party) the race expo was overflowing with energy as excited half marathoners and marathoners milled about checking out the latest in running gadgets/apparel and sampling some of the race foods and drinks offered by vendors.

 

I ran into Rob from RaceGrader and got a chance to chat about upcoming races. He also asked when I was going to attempt my first triathlon… my dance card is full for 2014, so I’m thinking next year.

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Rob from RaceGrader.

It was a good time walking about the floor and I ended up making a few purchases. I picked up a pair of compression socks to try out on the ride home tomorrow.

Squeezin' da calves.

Squeezin’ da calves.

I also saved a few bucks and registered for the Surf City Half Marathon in February. Yup, I’m currently signed up for races all the way through April of 2015.

Running at the surf in 2015.

Running at the surf in 2015.

And I also met the head of CrankSports and he gave me some samples of their e-Fuel endurance products to try out. I’ll post a review once I’ve given them a test run in the weeks to come.

e-Fuel Endurance Blend.

e-Fuel Endurance Blend.

Now it’s time to hang for a little bit at my hotel…located right at the starting line. Yup, I get a whole extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning (I’ll still be getting up at “Sparrow’s Fart”… as in really damn early) and won’t have to deal with catching a pre-race shuttle.

So, before I head off to dinner with a bunch of Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs I’ll leave you with a few other images from today’s expo.

Run on!

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