Also, when I consider how much time goes into training and money goes into airfare/hotel/entry fee each race that one has to travel to, the money to have a few really good photos is well spent. I also don't begrudge the couple of minutes I probably lose running the race taking photos ;)
First though, I want to give you a closer look at the California Dreamin' series idea. (The name is derived from a song written in 1965 by the Mamas and the Papas. Rolling stone gives it #89 in the 500 top songs, ever. If you are buried under snow right now I encourage you to listen to it ;)
This was the last year for this perk (a new series idea is supposed to be in the works) and I think it was a great idea. Runners are always looking for some new challenges for motivation to move to another level of running!
In this case these three big California races teamed up and offered extra prizes (jacket, medal) for completing all three races within two years. You could run any combination of half or full marathons, which made it accessible to a lot more people.
I decided to do all three as full marathons and because the series was ending I needed to do them all back-to-back (July->Oct->Feb). That was a challenge!
I liked each of these races, but I have to say the Long Beach logo really sucks (IMHO). Good 'ol ICB needs it's spot smack in the middle of every race logo. Bletch.
Anyway, here's a closeup of the jacket embroidery...it's not bad. No mention of the races or even that it's about running tho...could be stock car racing!
|This is the half marathoners start, well AFTER|
the marathoners (6:30 vs 7:45am). Also the sun is up 8)
|I think this is at about 6-8 miles.|
|The 12 mile turnaround for marathoners.|
It's the 8 mile point for halfers. See video of this below.
|Me at about mile 21-22, Actually realizing I'm feeling pretty good for this point.|
|Mile 23-24 I think..still decent shape.|
|Tired but happy!|
But I felt so happy with my performance I did a little fist pump for the first time 8) (Didn't do that at my SFM PR 4:06..I was pretty wiped ;)
And that's it for Surf City 2011 and the Cal Dreamin' series!