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San Diego Half Marathon

Last year when I was fairly new to running, I was only just beginning to hear about the best races around town. I knew that running the San Diego Half Marathon would be high on my priority list as soon as I heard about it, and I couldn’t wait to run it for the first time this year.

San Diego Half Marathon Race Recap

The one downside to the race- it fell on the beginning of daylight saving time so we had to get up extra early! Made for a nice cool start though.

They don’t call San Diego “America’s Finest City” for nothing. The scenic course followed the city’s waterfront before winding up into the neighboring hills and finishing in the historic Gaslamp Quarter downtown. I loved everything about it, from the size of the field to the cheering spectators.

San Diego Half Marathon Gaslamp District

Perfect backdrop for a finish line party.

I have to give major props to Cristina from the San Diego Moms RUN This Town chapter. She single-handedly organized the effort to register the largest team in the race. We had over 150 members pulled from the San Diego, Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Menifee/Murrieta/Temecula chapters. Our reward was free parking at the race (just a stone’s throw from the finish line) and a post-race brunch.

San Diego MRTT

Just a handful of the MRTT team, but by far the largest pre-race photo I’ve ever been in!

San Diego Half Marathon Race Recap

Post-race whiskey cocktail. Our brunch spot overlooked the finish and we could hear the announcers continue their enthusiasm for runners of all paces.

In stark contrast to the DIVAS race last month, I spent a ton of time socializing with fellow runners from MRTT. It was awesome to see such a strong female presence kicking butt out there. My 2:15 time was significantly faster than it had been at the two previous races this year, and it was my first postpartum race without walk breaks. Without a doubt I will return next year and try to beat my time.

San Diego Half Marathon Medal

The gorgeous, detailed medal had five rhinestones to represent the five years of the race.

❤ Jessica

 

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