Saturday, February 12, 2011

Surf City USA Marathon

I love, love, love Southern California! There is just something about it that makes me happy. The ocean breezes. The perfect weather. The smells. Disneyland.

(Picture from Surf City USA Marathon website)

Surf City USA Marathon has been on my Racing Must Do List for quite some time.. AND it didn't disappoint! Running along the Pacific Coast Highway is my idea of a great course. I loved hearing/seeing the ocean waves as I ran...

We arrived in Huntington Beach on Saturday afternoon, went to the expo, which was super... I love the surfing theme! Even with all the people, it was organized... Although, we did have to wait in a long line just to enter the expo... but with 20,000 runners, I guess that is what needed to happen and the line moved rather quickly, so no complaints. Once inside the expo I bee lined it to the packet pick up, bypassing all the shopping. I had my packet in hand in no time, which gave me more time at the beach with my family!

I arrived at the start line a little earlier than I needed to, but it was nice to chat with some of the other "early birds." The weather was cool and a bit overcast... Perfect for running a marathon.

Not much to tell in the way of excitement... But it was fun to watch all the runners as we had to switch back on the course a few times. I met a lot of great people and just enjoyed the day! I will definitely run this race again!

Aren't these medals GREAT? I think it has to be one of the coolest ones I have ever earned!

(Picture from Surf City USA Marathon website)

It was a happy race day for me! What could be better than running 26.2 miles with ocean views?

Running 26.2 miles with ocean views... And going to Disneyland with my family! All of my favorite things! The day could not have been more PERFECT!

I was so exhausted... and most likely will not hit Disneyland AFTER a marathon again...But OH was it worth it! (:

Thank you Little Caesars for making the Surf City USA Marathon possible! You guys rock!!!


Marci said...

Congratulations!! Do you have a list of upcoming marathons? Did Little Caesars sponsor you? very cool!

Laura said...

Nice one! Marathon and Disney in one day sounds pretty fun!

Kim said...

Congrats! Sounds amazing. The medals are pretty awesome too!

Janice {Run Far} said...

When.... yes, WHEN I move back to the West I hope to run this one. Southern California is my second home. Spent many many summers in Orange County. Love it there. How many is this for you now? You are amazing.

Hunnybee said...

Sounds like an amazing trip!
Love that medal.

Denise said...

i love, love, love that medal!!! sounds like a great race and a great time w/ the family!

Julie Y. said...

Congratulations on another marathon. I love to read your race recaps.

You went to Disneyland after a marathon!? Next thing you'll be telling us is you're going to be entering the Ironman!!

When I met you at the Snow Canyon Half, I was taken back at how tall you are. How tall is your husband!? He's a head taller than you in the pictures...and your son is right on his heels! :) What a cute family you have!

Coy Martinez said...

Great job! It's looks beautiful!! Wish we had races that pretty here! And Disney to boot!

Disney_Casey said...

I am so glad that the race went well! I bet running by the ocean is amazing! Thank you for stoping by, I'm now following you!

By the way I love your blog design, so cute

Emz said...

Next year.

Great photos!
Great race!

Sherri said...

Your tempting me to want to run a marathon! You have a beautiful family!!!! Are you sure the race didn't pay you??? You totally sold their race! =)

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

Very cool metals!


britt. said...

Thanks for following my blog! :)
This run looks amazing as well!!!