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Oceanside Turkey Trot Race Recap

For the past few years our neighborhood has hosted an impromptu “Wobble Before You Gobble” Thanksgiving day walk. While I always enjoyed it very much I’ve been dying to try the official Oceanside Turkey Trot. This was the 10th anniversary of a race that’s known as the eighth largest Turkey Trot in the country, and the medal and race t-shirt were adorable (not to mention the unbelievable registration price of only $36). It was enough of a push for me to sign up even though I knew I’d be just a week or two postpartum (I ended up being 12 days, to be exact).

In an effort to increase activity in my own chapter, I encouraged the local San Diego, Carlsbad, and Menifee/Murrieta/Temecula chapters to join one large Moms RUN This Town team. We ended up with about 28 team members and I have a lot of ideas of how to break this record next year! We tried to organize a group picture between the end of the 10K and start of the 5K, but it was a little difficult to coordinate everyone. It was fun hanging out with the small group that I did manage to meet and I loved everyone’s outfits/costumes.

Oceanside Turkey Trot Race Recap

Festive Turkey Day outfits and crashing surf

It was cool and cloudy that morning and the the tide was very high! One of the best parts of this race is a course that goes right next to the ocean, and the waves were actually crashing up against the seawall and over into the road. I walked the race veerrrry slowly and took in the scenery and costumes.

Oceanside Turkey Trot Race Recap

Free race pictures! How cool is that?

As I finished with my new slowest 5K time, I thought about how far I had come and how proud of myself I was. A year ago I probably wouldn’t have met up with anyone at a race, let alone organize a group as a MRTT Chapter Leader. And after my first daughter was born I waited MONTHS before I got back into regular exercise. It just goes to show that when you finally find your groove, your tribe, anything is possible.

Oceanside Turkey Trot Race Recap

My outfit details – shirt: Raw Threads, skirt: Sparkle Skirts, headband: RunShine

Thank you Oceanside for putting on a a fantastic event. I can’t wait until next year. I guarantee Moms RUN This Town will be making a legit run for the largest team!

❤ Jessica

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San Diego Holiday Half Race Recap

Hello lovlies! It’s been a long time since I posted an update of any kind. The last few months have been filled to the brim with holidays, races, and orders. I have a lot to share and I’m so excited where RunShine is headed! Before I get ahead of myself though I’d like to recap my last two races, starting with the San Diego Holiday Half. I know someday I will be happy I spent the time to record some of these awesome memories.

San Diego Holiday Half Race Recap | RunShine

Serious Christmas Spirit

 

I had all intentions of treating this race as a light training run in preparation for the upcoming Star Wars Half Marathon. So I came dressed in my holiday racing best, including a tech gear ugly Christmas sweater that ironically got me a lot of “how cute!” compliments. Good thing I wore the sweater because the morning was chilly, super chilly. I think it was 29 degrees outside at the starting line (I know, I know, if you’re from just about anywhere else you are probably rolling your eyes, but for here that was freezing). As I lined up I found myself standing next to the 2:00 pacer. Here’s my confession: between my last half (Avengers in November) and this race, I had barely trained. Just a few sporadic short runs. Overindulging in holiday food and drink had taken a toll on my overall fitness, and I was generally exhausted from three months of nonstop activity. I had no business of even thinking about it, but as I looked at that pace sign, I thought, “why not”?

The course was FAST. We started 13.1 miles inland and ended at the coast, with a straight, slightly downhill path almost the entire way. I honestly don’t remember much about the race because I was so focused on that 2:00 pacer. Around mile six, just when I thought I was done for, the 1:50 pacer and a small group blew past! No wonder it felt like we were sprinting for the first half. After that I was able to slow my pace considerably and for the first time I pictured myself crossing the finish line with a sub-two PR. I admit I was hurting pretty bad by the end with a leg pain I had never experienced before, and I spent the last mile pleading with myself “just make it to that lamppost, just make it to that tree”. Pain gave way to pure joy when I crossed that line at 1:57:31. I could not believe it! I thought that a sub-two half would be a goal I’d work towards over the next few years.

San Diego Holiday Half Race Recap | RunShine

PR Smiles!

 

The elation carried me through the long wait for post-race refreshments, the long wait for my race t-shirt and goodie bag (I opted to have my bib mailed to me, and these things did not accompany it), and the loooong wait to be bussed back to the start. By the time I got off the bus and walked the half mile back to my car, I was limping and had a visible bruise at the site of my leg pain(I still have no idea what that was all about). It didn’t matter though, I’ve never been happier. Not only did I have a proof of time that would place me in the front corrals at Disney races for the next two years, I finally realized that with proper training I have the potential to be even faster.

With dream conditions to set PRs, great race medals and race shirts, and a perfect amount of runners (approximately 2,500), I highly recommend the San Diego Holiday Half to anybody. I can’t wait to sign up for this one again!

❤ Jessica


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October Snapshot

In case you haven’t noticed, the “about me” tagline for this blog reads “Half marathon running, craft beer drinking, Halloween fanatic.” It goes without saying that October is a pretty magical time in our house. Magical, and out of this world busy. Here is a quick breakdown of this past month:

*106 separate orders, many of them for multiple items. This includes RunShine and our sister shop, Little Partridge

*The Spooktacular Half Marathon race (and recovery!)

*Halloween festivities! Trips to the pumpkin patch, decorating, preparing for our annual party, dry ice shows for the neighborhood kids, and All Hallows Eve itself.

Although it is a lot of work, the end result is pretty amazing.

Voodoo on the Bayou Party Decorations

6th Annual Party – Voodoo on the Bayou

Voodoo on the Bayou Party Decorations

Indoor Lights

Voodoo on the Bayou Halloween Costumes

Voodoo Priestess and Priest

Cauldron Skeleton Haunt Scene

New Cauldron Haunt Scene

Cemetery Decorating Ideas

Haunted Graveyard

Halloween Costumes 2014

Family Trick-or-Treat Portrait

I’m thrilled with how everything turned out, a little sad that it’s over, and very relieved to be joining normal society again. Compared to October, the upcoming holidays should feel like a piece of cake! I plan on reevaluating that statement on January 1st after two more half marathons, Little Lady’s 2nd birthday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a predicted onslaught of holiday orders.

❤ Jessica