Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surf City Half Marathon

The race is hours away.  I've never "raced" anything more then a 10K.  But I've run high enough miles to know that barring the unexpected, the race should go fine.  Still, this isn't a training run, it's a race.  So there's more pressure.

I finally met Chris K today.  First we met up at the race expo.  Racing Dawn was there too.  We all had a nice visit and then walked the expo a bit.  I was looking for a plain white bandanna or relatively wide head band.  I couldn't find anything close.  I would have thought that a plain white headband would be a fairly easy catch.  Nope.

Chris K bought an EFX bracelet.  I'm dubious about almost everything, but I did the "with" and "without" balance test and I must admit there is a difference.  I'm sure that in a few years we will come to find that the the cosmic energy emitted by the hologram makes you sterile, because it's all just a bit too mystical to me.  That said, I'm still taking the chance - I have a necklace that someone gave me awhile back and I'm going to wear tomorrow.

Me, Racing Dawn & Chris K.  Kovas had to go use the bathroom.
Later on, Chris joined Mary, Ian and I at Sebastiani's, one of our favorite restaurants.  It quickly became clear that I eat way more than Chris does, and I actually felt self conscious about it.  It was like I was completely ignoring one of the basic tenants in the quest for elite athletic prowess by eating (some) calamari, (most) caprese and (all) chicken pasta - a/k/a too much.  But every bite was so damned good, and I'm no elite anyway.

Besides, if I finish the race tomorrow in under 1:45 I reckon I didn't do anything wrong anyway.
 

31 comments:

Caroline said...

Great picture!
Good luck for your half!!

Big Clyde said...

Cheering you on. Kick ass.

The Green Girl said...

Good luck!

Laura said...

Have a great race and kick it hard...

JenniferLeah said...

why aren't you wearing your RUN EMZ shirt??????

best wishes for a great race :D

Shawn said...

Sounds like perfect pre-race food to me! Enjoy...

Kovas said...

Good luck to all of you - knew you were waiting for me to leave for the photo op. After a dinner like that a 1:45 is pretty ambitious!

Kate said...

Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Jennifer said...

Wow, I am overwhelmed, everyone is so good looking! Ha ha, it must be that California vibe! Have a great race!

P said...

Can't wait to hear all about this race - kick a**, Patrick!!!

Lora Abernathy said...

Good luck tomorrow.

Tri-James said...

Good luck tomorrow!

Jill said...

I'm following ya online via the live results page (so cool!)...all those noodles are going to bring ya across the finish line feeling fantastic!!

Aimee said...

Good luck!! You're going to do awesome!

Christi said...

Have a great race!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Good luck Patrick!

Hey us Triathletes need to eat more than skinny runners. My eating exploits are legendary around our circle of friends. When we are going to parties people will call my wife to find out if they have enough food just because I am coming. It is cool and not cool all at the same time.

Adrienne said...

Good luck! You'll be great and nothing wrong with a little calamari! :)

Caroline said...

following you online right now..so far so great!!!

Caroline said...

I just sawe your finish time!!!!
congrats!!! 1:39!!! awesome job!

J. L. said...

I just saw your finish time. CONGRATS! Calamari and Pasta must have helped :-) Good job!

ajh said...

Hardly knew you were doing this. Chris K has hogged so much of the on line space about this race! Hope it went well for ALL of you whatever you were running. Will watch for the report and hope they had great food for you after so you could keep on eating!

misszippy said...

I'm hoping everyone had a great day today!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Hope you had a great race!!!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I see your time on your twitter update! Way to go!

Big Clyde said...

1:39???

Amazing.

Caratunk Girl said...

Hey I saw your tweet, Congrats!! I can't wait for the RR!

Chris K said...

Dude, I ate a big late lunch, that's why I didn't eat that much. You were the gracious host of Huntington Beach. It all worked out, eh? BTW, my 1/2 PR is 1:41, maybe you should just be a runner, you're pretty freaking fast. Thanks again.

valen said...

two things:
a- that's a really cool shirt.
b- great time out there!, calamari made the different

MissFit Island said...

I have a Power Balance and an EFX (got it at a trade show for free after I told the guy I had a Power Balance). Anyway - I can tell a difference too. I wear it most of athe time.

Kate said...

Shoot, I could probably out-eat you! (That sounded kind of wrong).

Chris K. needs to eat more!!

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

still feeling bad I missed this. Boo!

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