The San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon is the race that started it all for me. It's my hometown race and it's always a fun one. Little mini accomplishment: In celebration of losing 40 pounds, I wore my original race day jersey. It was nice to have that jersey fit me again.
During the race, I realized that this race sets the standard for me in terms of crowd support. There are tons of people with signs, aid station volunteers in costumes, the "drag" cheerleaders, the bands. The local fans make this a great race.
Thankfully, we started at 6:15 am (which required getting to the race shuttle at 4:45am...and I'm so not a morning person!). The early start meant we were pretty far along before the heat kicked it up a notch. The heat really hurt me. I was super slow along the hottest stretch of Morena Boulevard. The thing is you're so close to the bay, but the buildings block all the breezes. The other, not-fun section was Hwy 163. The road is sloped and it's difficult to run. They year they had fantastic Taiko drummers to inspire you on the 163. They were absolutely fantastic.
Early in the race, Mike Sheehy passed me on his way to completing his Guinness World Record run. He ran over 400 miles in 7 days and raised $50,000 to cure cancer. Wow. In the last 2 miles I saw 5 of my TNT coaches from past seasons. That was really awesome and got me motivated for the final push to the finish line. It wasn't a fast day for me, but it was a fun one.
(Photo credit: My friend Debbie who always remembers to snap pictures on the course!)