Happy day to you.
Yesterday, I ran the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA.
As many of you know, this race has been on my bucket list for a while.
I registered for the race back in 2014, but had to DNS because of my stupid injury.
So, I was determined to vindicate myself.
The weather predicted unusually HOT temperatures on race day.
With a 7:45 am race start time, I was nervous about the heat.
If you have read my Shoreline Half Marathon race review, you already know how much I HATE running in the heat.
Hate, with a capital H.
Yes, I know, this is something I need to get over.
I will… some day.
Fortunately, my race outfit was perfect for the temperatures…
and I fit in nicely with the “beach vibe”, don’t you think?
I think so.
I drove down on Saturday morning and was able to check into my hotel early.
After some shopping, I headed over to the Expo to pick up my packet.
The expo was HUGE!
There were lots of big names there…
Running Skirts, ProCompression and Nuun, were a few of my personal favorites.
And, I may or may not have registered for the OC Marathon while I was there.
I received a cute long sleeved tech shirt, my bib and a decorative race bag.
After the expo, I set my sights on dinner.
I wanted to eat early so my food had time to digest.
I drove around Irvine trying to find a Mediterranean restaurant, but every one I drove to was either closed or out of business.
I finally settled on a fancy Italian restaurant.
I was carb-loading.
Dinner was fantastic!
Then, I headed back to the hotel to lay everything out and get ready for my 5 am wake up call.
I woke up, as per usual, earlier than expected.
I got myself situated and headed over to the starting line.
I could not believe the number of people who were running this race.
There were atleast 15,000 people.
I was instructed by my coach to run the first half at a 10 min mile pace and to run the 2nd half at a 9 min mile pace.
So, right out of the gate, I knew this could be a PR for me… ff I could just stick with the plan.
I knew that I could do it!
As you can see from the elevation chart, there is a fairly steady incline but it’s relatively flat-ish.
In my opinion, the course is more “rolling hills” than anything.
None of the hills were too difficult.
The ocean breeze was very welcoming as it started to get hot around 9 am.
There were aid stations at every mile (or so), which was very much appreciated.
Most races don’t have that many aid stations, so I was very impressed!
The majority of the race is along Highway 1 and the views are gorgeous!
I enjoyed every second of this race.
There were a LOT of people, but it was well organized and staffed appropriately to meet everyone’s needs.
The race swag was great as well.
I loved the “I ran this beach” shirt, and the medal was HUGE!
I also received my California Dreamin’ medal… so I walked away from this race with some serious bling!
Finish time: 2:05:18
Aaaaaannnnnnd new post-injury PR for me.
I dropped 6 minutes off of my time from last October.
6 whole minutes!
I am so stoked!
I definitely plan to run this one again.
See you next year Surf City!
34 thoughts on “Surf City Half Marathon Race Review & Recap”
Great blog! Our house is in Dallas, but we’re hanging out in San Jose for a couple of years for work. We’d love to know your opinion as to which Central and NorCal Half Marathons coming up this Spring/Summer are your favorite–as you could tell from our Austin Half Marathon report at our ERA70X.com, we prefer flat to hills! (Duh!)
Check out my race reviews! I am running the OC marathon in April, the sf marathon in July as well as rock n roll in SD and a few Wine country races! I have run LOTS of races in CA, so definitely Check out my reviews. I’m happy to offer any advice if you have specific weekends available to race,
Great to read. You’ve got me all excited for my half marathon next Sunday 😀
YES! You will do great! Good luck!
Yay!! Congrats on your run and PR! I’m really thinking of running this race one day, sounds like a good time!
You absolutely absolutely absolutely should! It was awesome!
Woo hoo!!! I am so glad you had a great race! I am bummed we didn’t meet up though. 😦
Me too man!!! It was just too hectic. But we are gonna run together soon so that makes up for it 😻
Nice! Well done you and I’m even gladder (if that’s a word?!) that you enjoyed it all so much. Deadly!
🙂 I did. Thank you so much!!
Grats on the PR! Looks like a solid run.
It was a great run. I felt strong the whole time. Thank you!
Awesome job and congrats on the PR!! That bling is not messing around… wow! Looks like a gorgeous race to boot 😀
IT REALLY WAS!! Thank you so much. 🙂
It sounds like the best race possible — good food, good running, good views, good times! Congratulations!
It really was! Thank you!
Thank you! 😻
So awesome! Massive congratulations to you, so glad that you not only set a great time, but had such fun!!
It was a blast! Thank you so much!
Congrats on the PR. What a views!!!
Yes! It was gorgeous! Thank you!
Wow what an amazing time! You must be thrilled with that!
Comfortable run for you if you noticed scenery. 😉
Loving the bling!
Thank you! It was an absolutely breathtaking run and I was glad I felt good the entire way.
Congrats on your run!! Great job
Congrats on your new PR! That looks like a beautiful place to race!
It really was! I highly recommend it!
Awesome! Congrats on the PR and a great race! It looks awesome 🙂
Thank you! IT was a great race!
This is amazing, congrats! Also, that dinner you had looks unreal.
It was fantastic. I don’t eat like that very often, but when I do… I have a good excuse. 🙂 And thank you!
YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Yay for post-injury PRs! I am elated for you as I know you’ve been working so hard for this! Bummed we didn’t get to meet up, but definitely at OC, please!
Yes ma’am. And thanks for stopping by my blog. I can’t wait to meet you in May! 🙂 And congrats on the engagement. 🙂 WHOOPIE!