Monday, October 26, 2009

We're Going to Surf City

Gonna Have Some Fun
It seems that lately, a lot of people have been announcing that they've signed up for the Surf City Marathon/Half Marathon. The race isn't until February and I've been signed up since May (it was my Mother's Day gift) so I haven't been giving it a whole lot of thought... until now.

Last night, I figured it would be a good idea to check the website to confirm my registration. Once that was done, I continued to peruse the site. I just have to say, the finishers' medals for the race are so cool!!

I love, love, love these medals!

Another thing I looked at on the website was the hotel listing for the area. I'm glad I did because the rooms near the starting line are selling out fast! The Hilton located right at the start is already sold out. The next best option seemed to be The Shorebreak Hotel since it is only about four blocks from the start. It's a tad expensive and they have a two-night minimum that weekend but it has great reviews so I made reservations there. My husband is coming with me so we decided to splurge and make a fun weekend out of it. We are going up on Saturday and leaving on Monday.

We only live about an hour and a half from Huntington Beach but I do NOT want to get up at three in the morning, risk hitting traffic (yes, even on a Sunday), look for a parking space, register, find a decent port-o-potty, run 13.1 miles, and go home.

Besides, I love going to the expos the day before the race. It's so fun visiting the vendors, getting samples, people watching, and checking out all the cool running gear. If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited about this race.

More Running News
Today I ran about three miles after I dropped my youngest off at preschool. I decided to try a route I mapped out last night near the preschool. I was not familiar with the area, but it looked like a pretty simple loop. I was right about it being simple but I had no idea how hilly it would be. I think the entire loop was uphill! I know that's not possible but it sure felt like it. Over the past few months, my running hasn't been as consistent as I would like and the uphillness of the route really busted my butt! Not literally.

In the spirit of Halloween, here is a picture of a cemetery I ran past this morning.


I didn't see any ghosts or zombies. It was actually a pretty, green, shady place. It was getting hot by 9:00 this morning so I was a little tempted to take a nice rest under a tree. I was a little worried someone would mistake me for a dead person and try to put me six feet under. Yes, I looked that bad after all the hils.

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Lisa said...

Those do look like awesome medals!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

sounds like a fun weekend get-away for sure, and those race medals are awesome!! I was so disappointed in the expo at the Nike Women's. I was hoping for all the vendors, (socks, tshirts) etc, but there was none of that :( oh well. Love your banner too by the way.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You are going to have a BLAST!! I would not want to miss the expo, or have to get up at 3am, you are making the right choice.

Thanks for the PLUG :)


joyRuN said...

LOVE those medals!

Many of my races are in Philly, which is less than an hour from us, but whenever we can, we stay the night before & make a little getaway out of it :)

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to do this race, simply for those AWESOME medals! Surfing was my "thing" before I discovered running! I wish I didn't live so far away!!!!

Jenn said...

Love the medals! You will have a great weekend getaway w/ your hubby! Wish I lived in California right now!

Patrick said...

So good to have you back! I missed reading you blog.

Congrats on confirming your race participation!! SOunds like a great race. Can't wait to read about your training.

EricaH said...

Hey I just wanted to stop by and let you know I have a running sleeve giveaway going on if your interested.

Southbay Girl said...

i"m running Surf City as well!!! I wasn't planning on staying though, since I live 30 min away...maybe we can meet up at the expo on saturday......we'll have to plan it!!

Rookie on the Run said...

Penny, yes! We'll definitely have to meet up! :)

Aka Alice said...

Seriously? Hotels are already sold out?

Another thing for my list...

Signed up, but nowhere to stay (my sis lives in Coto, so maybe I'll stay there, but I get what you're saying about leaving at, you need to be there the day ahead of time to pickup bibs anyway)

What was I saying? Oh yeah. I am soooooo excited that you're running this one! We'll finally get to meet!

Are you doing the Shelter Island 5K next weekend?