Livermore Half Completed!!!!
This course was beautiful even with those two surprise hills between miles seven and nine. I think my outfit choice was bad and not fitting given the weather but we’ll get to that later. First a few photos of the race to entice you to run it next year!!! I apologize for my poor photo taking skills on my hella sad iphone 4. The morning was cool which is always great for a race. You can kinda see the banner for the race in the shot above. The race starts and ends in downtown Livermore which is super cute and quaint. I’m really having a hard time figuring out how to dress as I run longer distances. I REALLY hate being cold and shivering my butt off before a race but I’m slowly realizing you have to suck it up butter cup and do it. Otherwise you end up full on sweat monster. Despite my 5 foot nothing status, I sweat like a man. I just hate shivering 30 minutes before a race…it pains me but sigh, guess I need to get over it.
Here we are as we slowly move out of downtown and the suburbs and into the trails and wine country.
I wish my photos came out better but you can see the vineyards and rolling hills. It was super beautiful.
My awesome medal with removal straps so you can have a coaster to commemorate your race success!
We also received this fabulous little stemless wineglass for post race wine tasting! It was actual glass which did lead to a lot of glass breaking in the wine tasting area. That’s what happens when a bunch of possibly dehydrated runners start drinking 🙂 Not gonna lie, I can’t wait to drink from this bad boy at home and feel hella accomplished!
2 HOURS AND SIX MINUTES! GO ME!
(I had to use the ladies on the course which added 2 minutes – bummer – but given the hills and that, I’m stoked with my time. Oh yeah and basically taking the past two weeks off for “Random Birthday Activities.”)
You can see the wine tasting festival tents in the background there. All the good kids are stretching. I was drinking water and chopping on a banana.
This was a super beautiful course and I will probably do it again next year if I don’t succumb to the San Francisco Rock N Roll Half. I only have two runs planned for this week since it’s my “recovery week” and on April 6th my official San Francisco Marathon training begins!!! I have several plans saved on pinterest but need to sit down and actually come up with something useable/feasible. I’m really nervous about fueling, to carry or not carry water, and getting a running belt for all this crap. I feel like when you go from half to full, shiz starts getting real.
Alright kids, I hope you had a great weekend and Monday isn’t too hectic.
Sending much love and besos,