Race day eats make me happy

I did it! I PR’d at the OC Marathon and I’m very happy. Ahhhhh!!! Check out the stats from my last half and then from this one:

Long Beach Half Marathon – Oct 2008 – 1h:57m:12s

OC Half Marathon – May 2009 – 1h:52m:59s

It was hard for me to sleep last night – I was super nervous! I get really nervous  before races even though I’ve ran the distance in the past. So many fears go through my head and I start to kinda freak out. I ended up getting 6 hours of sleep, not the best race preparation, but it is what it is.

Pre-Race– I had the usual toast with PB, I didn’t end up eating the banana, but did have a few bites of Clif bar in the car on the way to the race. race-pics-028


These are the goods I took with me: race-pics-029

 Race Recap– I felt a little rough at the start of the race. I didn’t feel like I had much energy and was a little discouraged. I just didn’t feel “fresh” like I normally do after a rest day. Around mile 6 I finally hit my stride and felt warmed up. It was so good to know I was almost half way through. I had brought along a Gu in my Spibelt, but didn’t end up eating it. I walked through the water stations & took Powerade when it was offered.

There was a rough hill around mile 9 and I wanted to walk it, but there was a fuel station right after it was done so I decided to wait and walk through the water station. It did really slow me down though!

When the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon runners split off around mile 12 I felt good and thought I wouldn’t have minded running a full again, then I got some sense in me and decided to finish my race and think about that later!

I wasn’t sure what my last Half Mary time was, so I honestly didn’t know if I PR’d when I crossed the finish line! race-pics-032

Right when I was done I grabbed a water and chugged it and took a few bites of a bagel, tiny piece of orange and a few bites of these cut bars. But, more than eat I wanted to shower. I was drenched. race-pics-034

I’m done!race-pics-033 Can you see how happy I am that I didn’t sign up for the full? Ha.

After a shower it took us a while to find a good brunch buffet to eat. I didn’t end up eating until 11:15ish. While I was waiting I ate some cereal.race-pics-035

I eat whatever I want without guilt on race days. I knew I wanted to eat waffles and eggs so a breakfast buffet was perfect.

Waffle with banana and syrup. The banana was in some maple syrupy sauce – amazing.race-pics-039

I ordered a veggie omelet from the omelet bar. And I also got beans, rice, potatoes, a corn tortilla and the world’s best corn cake. race-pics-038

The El Tortito Corn Cake thinger is amazing. Seriously. I wanted to just get the biggest plate of it. I did end up stealing some of Ben’s!race-pics-037

Other things I stole from Ben – bites of Menudo…race-pics-040

Round II – Another waffle, I had to, I don’t know when I’m going to have waffles again and I love them. I also got fruit 🙂race-pics-042

Ben got arroz con leche for dessert, I tried it, but I think desserts should include chocolate or it’s a waste. race-pics-044

Now I am relaxing and putting together a race video 🙂 See you in a bit!


11 Responses

  1. Congrats girl!! Your time is awesome!!

  2. Congratulations! I cannot imagine running a half marathon; I’m barely comfortable with a 5K, but I get that it’s mostly mental. I do love to run.

    I agree completely about the corn cake. One day I’m just going to order a giant bowl of it.

  3. congrats on the race, i am sure you feel a great sense of accomplishment!

  4. WAY TO ROCK IT GIRL!!!! Cant wait for the video!

  5. Awesome time!! Good for you!!
    I ran a half yesterday too!! 🙂 I did it an hour, 56 minutes- pretty happy with the time but have done better- however I will take it! There were some killer hills!
    Your meals look amazing! Good pre-run fuel!

  6. Congratulations! And oh man, I love a breakfast/brunch buffet. Last time I went to one (years ago!), I ate EVERYTHING. And loved every minute of it.

  7. […] seeing all the amazing recaps and just inspirational posts over the  past couple of weeks from other runners, I felt so motivated to just see what I could do […]

  8. Girl you are AWESOME! So freaking proud of you! Great job – and you look great at the enD!

  9. Congrats to you! What an accomplishment!

  10. Congrats! What a great time!

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