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2014 Surf City Half Marathon Recap


The 2014 Surf City Marathon weekend is always on Superbowl Sunday. It’s a nice, relaxed race (<-oxymoron) by the beach that takes you up and down the coast. This was my first year running the Surf City Half Marathon. It is one of three races that you need to consecutively complete for the Beach Cities Challenge.

Huntington Beach Sunrise

2014 Surf City Half Marathon Race Recap

Surf City Half Marathon Start

The course is mostly flat and is along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Huntington Beach. There is a slight elevation when you turn into a neighborhood for a couple miles, but it is early on (Miles 3-6) that your legs are still fresh and it is not a problem. As you run north on PCH, the beautiful beach is on your left-hand side and your can smell the ocean breeze and hear the waves crash.

The last stretch of the marathon was a killer. For the first 8 miles, you are running with the wind on your back so you are getting that extra umphh in your stride. But once you make that turnaround on mile 8, you are battling Tailwind’s evil twin brother: Headwind. And the headwind at the beach is brutal!! The pep that was in my step seemed to have disappeared and I felt I was being pushed backwards. I made a slight adjustment in my stance and tucked my head down a little to help decrease my drag. I also found this taller and bigger dude that was running at a pace similar to mine and I stuck right behind him like I was his shadow. I felt the wind less and seemed like I was expending less energy because he was blocking that dreaded headwind. That dude kept looking back at me to see what the heck I was doing back there. Luckily, he did not decide to crop-dust me. Or maybe he did!

Eventually, I made it to the finish line and crossed it. I received my goodie bag and ate the banana that they handed out. I gave the rest of the goodies to my daughters, which they love to get because they think they are treats!

2014 Surf City Half Marathon Result
I finished in two hours and 17 minutes which was three  minutes slower than my personal record. I wasn’t planning on running this fast, though. With only three weeks of training, I was was expecting a two hour and 30 minute run. I guess you just have to take what the race gives you; sometimes better, sometimes worse.


The Maverick

How awesome is the Medal!!! That alone will keep me coming back to run this every Superbowl!! It’s a nice addition to my medal collection and it will stand out from the rest of them.

Here are some links to other fellow bloggers who also ran the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon:

Tonya over at Healthy Fit & Frugal ran her first Half Marathon!! Congrats Tonya!

Monica over at RunEatRepeat completed the Marathon in under 4 hours!! You go, Monica!

Julie at Run Weigh Mom finished her FIRST FULL Marathon! Awesome Job!!

If you ran the Surf City Marathon or Half, comment below with a link to your site!!

This half marathon is part of the Beach Cities Challenge. The Challenge involves three races. The first race was the Long Beach Marathon, which I completed in October. The last race will be the OC marathon in May and hopefully I will be able to run a better time.

Until next time..

Thanks for Running With Me!

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  • Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal February 4, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on another run under your belt. Man those headwinds…ugh! What’s your next race? Thanks for including my link as well!

    • Ron February 4, 2014, 7:14 pm

      Thanks Tonya!! The headwinds totally sucked. I’m planning on running the OC Half Marathon in May so I can get the Beach Cities Challenge Medal. Thanks for stopping by and congrats to you too!

  • Shane @ Financial Debauchery February 6, 2014, 12:26 pm

    The view seems really rad but boy are those a lot of people! Wasn’t the race too crowded, running alongside those many people? Or are they perhaps just viewers?
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    • Ron February 7, 2014, 4:45 am

      Hi Shane! The view of the beach was awesome!! I love, love, love the beach and would live there if I could just to wake up to the sea breeze everyday. The crowd were runners at the starting line. The first two miles are always crowded, but then it begins to thin out as the race goes on.

  • Michael Anderson February 11, 2014, 1:36 pm

    “you just have to take what the race gives you”

    Love that saying – because it is very true and very Zen.

    Great job – especially given light training. I love the pics you grabbed, awesome view, and as I said in Tonya’s recap I love the race medal!

    Also, totally jealous of the gorgeous weather you guys had (it was -8F on my run today … )
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    • Ron February 11, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Thanks Mike! Yeah I can’t complain about the running weather too much. I don’t even know how to dress up to go out and run in below freezing temps!! Do you wear long johns under or over your compression pants!!??!??

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