I ran in the Prevention Mermaid Series San Diego 10k (they also had a 5k, half marathon, and mini mermaid run) on February 11th. I love that it was right in my own backyard :) The course went from the south end of Mission Bay park, out for a loop at Fiesta Island, and back. I've run out there quite a bit since moving here so I was happy to be familiar with the course.
Note: Mermaid Series put on all-women run events! Part of their mission is "building a welcoming community that inspires women from all backgrounds to uncover and realize their full potential". I can dig that! That's one of the reasons I signed up, others being you get jewelry instead of medal and Alison Sweeney (Biggest Loser host!) was going to be there, speaking AND running!
|Long-sleeve tech tee and bib|
|Pre-race mirror pic, looking fierce.|
Oh hey, there's Alison...
She spoke before the start and she was running the 10k too!
Anyways. Back to the race! We took off and I was feeling good. I had to do a little weaving at the beginning but nothing too bad. I didn't want to go out too fast, so I tried to make sure I was in control/ I really didn't know what to expect going into the race because I have never run this distance before. I knew I wanted to practice for the half and keep my mile paces under 9:10 min/mi (my GOAL half marathon pace) and would be happier if they were closer to or under 9 min/mi. The race felt pretty spread out, especially on Fiesta Island, basically between 1.5 - 4 miles I felt like I was running by myself although there were always runners in sight.
As always, I'm a sight to behold when running. Haha. And these are the better ones...
I kept repeating positive mantras in my head and motivating myself along. Once off the island, there was a little turn around and the race seemed a lot bigger because 5k-ers, 10k-ers, and half-ers all seemed to be merging. The bigger crowd helped motivate me a little and I knew I was almost there. Before I knew it, the finish was in sight and I hustled my tired ass in!
Woo hoo! I did it! I finished and kept 8:50 min/mi pace...not too shabby for me!
I felt pretty good with the race and was able to load up on more goodies at the post-race expo. They had a nice assortment of stuff to eat: bananas, oranges, muffins, luna bars, and zico coconut water in a variety of flavors (aka my new obsession). I wasn't too hungry but ate a banana and drank some water (stashing the other stuff for later) while I stretched and waited for results to post. They also had a photo booth and a booth for manicures and massages! Talk about pampering :) I took my picture at the photo booth but skipped the other stuff. I did buy myself a sweet shirt from the Mermaid Series booth.
I blame it on the runner's high.
|I should have jumped or something, oops.|
Overall: great race, smaller race sizes (5k = 504, 10k = 296, Half = 179), all women, extremely well organized (minus the timing issue), fun expo, and just a fun and positive environment. I definitely think I'll be participating in another Mermaid Series race in the future; gotta get more jewelry yo'!
P.S. Alison Sweeney definitely beat me (53:24)! Go girl!