I ran the Ventura Half Marathon this past Sunday.
As with all of the races that I have done this year, I love to share my review of each event.
So, let’s do this!
The Ventura Marathon offered a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Century Bike Ride and a 5K.
I paid about $85 for the Half using a discount code that I found a few months ago.
The race’s swag was awesome and went right along with the race’s “Beach Party” theme!
They gave all the runners a neat reusable shopping bag (top left) and the bib (bottom left) was one of the coolest I have seen.
The race medals (bottom right) were awesome too (and also double as a bottle opener!)
The race expo was great… larger than most.
ProCompression, Addidas and Altra were there- as well as lots of food vendors and other race vendors (Santa Barbara Marathon, Los Angeles New Years Half Marathon and Surf City.. to name a few.)
After picking up by bib at the expo, I spent the rest of the day relaxing and resting for my race the following day.
I stayed at the Embassy Suites, Mandalay Beach, which was a treat!
The hotel is right on the beach!
Before I went to sleep, I laid out my race outfit…
and prayed for a good nights sleep.
As per usual, I slept like crap.
I woke up bright and early at 4 AM and quickly got caffeinated.
After a few dozen cups of coffee, a bonk breaker, a banana and a protein shake…
I was ready to rock!
I felt great going into the race and was hoping to finish in at least 2 hours and 15 minutes.
As you can see, I had my 2:15 PaceBand on as a reminder of my goal.
After barely making it to the start at the gun time, (thanks to road closures and a full parking garage), I was stressed!
I managed to push it all aside and reminded myself that I was going to do great.
The course runs from the Ventura Pier towards the Oxnard Harbor and back.
I kept looking at my watch to try to keep up with my PaceBand (which was extremely helpful).
I felt great!
The race website boasts a pancake flat course, and notes the highest elevation is 50 feet.
I can definitely attest that there are no HUGE hills, but the middle 6 miles are a steady stream of small rolling hills.
It began to get hot at 7:30 am, and by 8 am it was about 80 degrees.
No thank you.
Up until mile 7 my Garmin was ON TARGET with my PaceBand and the mile markers.
And then something strange happened.
My Garmin and the mile markers were all of a sudden off by almost .6 of a mile.
I ran next to a lady at mile 10 who confirmed that her watch matched my mileage…
Apparently, the mile markers were over a half a mile off.
No, it wasn’t a joke.
Anyway, my legs felt great and I wasn’t very tired.
All of my hill training and speed work were really paying off!
I decided that I was going to ignore the mile markers and run my own race.
I was able to sprint to the “finish”!
Another reinforcement that alllllllll of my hard work is paying off.
I ended up run/walking the “rest”, but was so proud of myself for running my fastest race of the year.
Chip time: 2:20 something
Adjusted time (according to the Ventura Marathon): 2:13.34
Ashley’s watch time: 2:13.56
The time I am going with: 2:13.34
Overall, I thought the race was well organized and the race swag was great.
However, I am extremely disappointed that the race was over a half a mile too long.
After my horrendous experience running the Shoreline Half Marathon and now this- I doubt I run this race again, or any other race in Ventura for that matter.