I have two things to apologize about if you were at the race yesterday:
-I am sorry if I didn’t say hi back when I was running, I was in a zone like I have never been in a zone before (and my music was really loud).
-My shorts were way too short… I must have forgotten to look in the mirror and there are a few photos that billy took when I was running that were deleted within seconds of me seeing them ha.
I cannot say enough good about Coyote Hills. It is a race that will be a yearly tradition for me. It was so well organized, a beautiful course, great food, easy parking and I REALLY recommend it. The only problem that I had was that because it was a course that had you do 2 loops, the second loop was really hard because there were so many people on the trail and it was hard getting around people (and bikes) but other than that it was perfect.
Two things I did silly:
-Apparently I need 500 (not just the 400 that I used yesterday) bobbi pins and one can of hair spray on my hair just isn’t enough. Actually, I just really need to wear headbands because I was eating my hair the whole time.
-I only had a little bit of Powerade at one of the aid stations the entire race. I need to focus on hydrating and fueling during a race better because I could definitely feel my mistakes.
We woke up at 7 and were out of the house by 7:30 to drive the 30 minutes to Fremont. They had shuttles to take us to the start from the parking lot (Billy and Brooke came on the shuttle too) and got there 10 minutes before the gun went off.
And we were off…. I went into this race focusing more on wanting to place than on time since I knew it was not going to be a PR course for me.
For a couple of minutes we were on the road and this awesome bridge thing before we got into the hills. The scenery was so incredible and I was amazed for the entire run, never a boring part.
I don’t know if I will ever be able to run on the treadmill again after being spoiled with this course (that’s not true… I still have 58 episodes of Parenthood to watch so I will continue to look forward to my treadmill runs).
For about 60% of the course (don’t ever trust my statistics because I really don’t have any idea) we ran along the bay. Heaven.
(Thanks Jaqueline for the photo)
I don’t usually remember a lot during races but I do remember my legs wanting to fall off multiple times, a guy that drafted me a lot because it was windy and most importantly I really focused in on trying to be positive. Our brains are powerful things and (I believe they) determine our success or failure. There was a spot that I did have to hike up because it was so steep but my overall pace was 7:10 per mile and I was the second woman overall.
Jaqueline and Sarah rocked the 10k!
And Lauren did incredible in the 1/2!
Get ready for the most awesome part… they had IT’S-IT ice cream sandwiches at the end.
I tried Chocolate Coconut milk and it was surprisingly good.
How about we ALL sign up for next year to run this race together. You would love it!
As you can probably guess the rest of my weekend included refueling with my favorite foods and our couch.
Most beautiful race that you have ever ran?
Do you have the ‘hair in your face’ struggle that I do? Do you always wear a headband?
Ever tried coconut water? Thoughts?
Are you good at hydrating and fueling during races? Give me your tips and tricks!