This past weekend was my third year running the half at the Surf City Marathon . I hadn’t really put in the training that I needed to so I knew I was going to struggle and my legs were going to be screaming when I finished, but I made the decision to run the half anyways. I mean, running along the beach coast with 15000 people, why not!?
I’ve been having a little knee pain so I decided to keep at a slow steady pace. I was doing good for the first almost 6 miles. The hills from mile 3-5 were rough on my knee. While I usually love the downhill during a run, this time it wasn’t as fun. So from that point on I did run/walk intervals to the finish. Aside from the knee discomfort I was feeling good, until about mile 11 when one of my “runners issue” kicked in. If you are a runner, you have probably experienced poor timing of “bathroom issues” during a run. Now since becoming a runner I have learned to use porta potty’s, you just take a deep breath, hold it and make sure to just not look down 😬. I have really become quite comfortable with the porta potty’s, except the last few miles of a race. I have found they are usually out of toilet paper and completely disgusting by the time you get to the end of the race and it definitely not a time I want to sit down. So, I’ve learned to just keep pushing it to the finishline.
The race itself is a lot of fun. You are never alone on course as it attracts so many runners/walkers of all abilities since it allows for a 5-5.5 hour half time. There is plenty of aid stations on course that carry water and one of my personal hydration favorites Nuun Hydration . The course is mostly a straight out and back along the coastal line, which I like because it’s not a lot of turns, (if you are trained properly) an easy PR course. There is a lot of crowd support and some on course entertainment, which definitely helps keep me moving forward.
Doing the races for me is more about being in the atmosphere. I don’t do the races expecting to win, but I go to get out there and challenge myself. I get to see people I mostly only get to interact with online and meet new people. The Running world is made up of so many amazing people of all abilities.
From friends who run together to people who share a common interest, we all come together to encourage each other. We get to be each other’s online support and on course cheerleaders.
Surf City is definitely one of those races that attracts a lot of supportive runners.