I have been looking forward to this race for a few different reasons: a chance to visit socal again (I just moved to Arizona), prove to other pregnant runners that you can beast a half marathon even at 28 weeks, and to see my #WeAreMore crew. It was the best weekend!! Now I’m itching to run another race, but I will wait until I have Cruz.
Keep reading for all the juicy details of this race…
Race Day Timeline
I set my alarm for 5am and snoozed for about 10 minutes. I realized I needed to get up asap because I needed to eat my oatmeal so I could poop. Every runner understands you HAVE to get your PGP (pre game poop) in before the race starts otherwise it’s all bad.
Pre race fuel: 2 packets of plain oatmeal, 1 mashed banana, handful of nuts + water
I put my race gear on and was out the door by 6am. More details on Race Day Outfit here.
I met up with my #WeAreMore crew and we started the race together in Corral 8.
Start of Race
Every race I have run I always break up the mileage to make it feel less overwhelming. This race I broke it up into 5K, 10K, 9 miles, 10 miles and then take the last 3 miles one at a time. This strategy helps me so much, it’s small victories all throughout the course getting me closer and closer to 13.1.
I had to use the restroom at the start of the race but told myself I’d hold it in for a few miles. I ended up using the restroom 3 times (much better than I expected) at mile 3, 7, and 10.
Fueling and hydration
My 16oz water bottle was filled with half grape G2 gatorade and half water. I drank small sips of it throughout the race and around mile 6 I refilled my water bottle with more water. I ate CLIF Bloks every 2-3 miles.
The hills on the course
There were 3 memorable hills on this course and most of these were on Wilshire Blvd. They weren’t the worse hills, believe me I’ve dealt with worse (Boston and Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF). These rolling hills were a good challenge, especially if your training had no hills incorporated in it.
If I had to rate the difficulty of these hills (I was also 7 months pregnant on race day) I would say it was a 5.5/10. Of course towards the end of the race when the last memorable hill came I was tired and my knees hurt, but I just looked down and put one foot in front of the other.
I guess I should share that I walked most of these hills. I could’ve definitely ran them but I wasn’t in any rush and I wanted to take it easy on my body/baby. I’m so happy I did this, there’s no point in over exerting myself and pushing myself to the limit.
• I allowed myself as many pee/walking breaks as I needed
• Drank tons of water and CLIF Bloks
• I walked most of the hills
• My baby bump didn’t cause any pain other than pressure on my bladder
• I started to chafe in between my thighs and under the band of my bra but luckily I brought vaseline with me and applied generously throughout the race
• I wouldn’t have finished the race if it wasn’t for my friend Diana, who was with me every step of the race
• The most annoying thing was how big the race bib was and not knowing where to pin it. I ended up folding it and pinning it to the side of the baby bump
• Overall, I felt amazing! When you run a half marathon at 7 months pregnant you have no idea what to expect, but to my surprise it was a great experience!
• I had no goal but to finish and enjoy myself, I did just that!
I’m so proud of my 2:20!!!! But I’m most proud of my baby girl Cruz for surviving 13.1 miles with Mommy!
Mile 1 – 10:29
Mile 2 – 10:49
Mile 3 – 10:10
Mile 4 – 9:50
Mile 5 – 9:37
Mile 6 – 9:50
Mile 7 – 10:25
Mile 8 – 9:34
Mile 9 – 10:43
Mile 10 – 11:27
Mile 11 – 10:49
Mile 12 – 11:55
Mile 13 – 10:57
Mile .50 – 3:53
13.5 miles // 2:20:36 // Pace 10:24
My #WeAreMore Crew