The course was somewhat hilly, which I appreciate. I like running uphill knowing that downhill is near. Also, most of the hills were at the beginning of the race which is always better than at the end!
The race was competitive and it appeared that many were shooting for PRs at this race. When I signed up, I was hoping the same. Recently though, my leg issues and lack of training brought a new challenge to this race for me. I was grateful to have been able to finish the race at all and ended up with a 2:09:24. Although it was my slowest race of the year, I am proud to say that it was definitely my toughest fought race. I was lucky enough to have my awesome running coach/hubby run with me the entire race. He is the best and always makes my race experience even better.
As far as the course, I think it could be a bit disappointing to anyone from out of state that may have visions of San Diego’s coastline and beauty. San Diego does have so much to offer which the course could not cover. We shared the road with cars/exhaust for much of the course and only miles 10-13 were near the harbor. I understand they can only block off certain streets and areas. I only mention that for those who may have pictured a course in San Diego a little differently. Here is a link to their course map.
Now, let’s talk bling! This is definitely one of the coolest medals I have ever received. Look at this bling baby!
The city of San Diego is a great place to be hanging in before and after the race. We live only 80 miles away so we stayed only Friday night but we did enjoy both Friday evening and all day Saturday as well.
The expo was held at the San Diego Concourse which was very near the start line. Perfect because if you were to stay at a hotel near this area, you could walk to everything. I love to be able to just take a quick jog in the morning to get to the race without having to drive. We stayed approx 1 mile away which I think is the perfect warm-up run. The race started at 6:00 which was great because it ended up being 80 degrees later in the day.
At the expo we received our race bibs, timing chips, and also a race jacket. I thought that was a nice touch and I ended it up needing it that night for our walk to dinner.
Our hotel was right near the Little Italy section of downtown San Diego. Obviously perfect for our pre-race eating options. We did find a yummy little Italian restaurant, Civico 1845, and enjoyed a nice dinner outside on their patio.
After the race, and getting cleaned up, we spent a few hours enjoying more of San Diego. You know how that post-race meal is always the BEST?! This was from our pit stop to Princess Pub & Grille
All-in-all, the USA Half Marathon Invitational and time spent in San Diego made for a very nice weekend! I hope you enjoyed yours as well.