Davis MOOnlight Runs

Posted by Lauren and Nicole

N: On Saturday night, we didn’t go out to dinner and a movie.  We didn’t sit back and rest.  We drove 2 hours to Davis, CA and participated in the Davis MOOnlight Runs.  These runs (kids 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon) all took place around 7PM on a full moon night.

N: The race was sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports and the volunteer teams did a great job setting up their tents.  There was also live music!  We walked around in the beginning, stopped by the Honest Tea booth, and picked up our bibs.  Then we sat around for about an hour, and got really really tired.

L: Eventually the organizers let us know it was time to get ready to race. After a few old school tunes, I think we woke up a little bit and were ready to get the party started. Nicole and I both stood between the 7:00 and 8:00 minute mile markers. We dressed up in neon colors since it was a nighttime run and all. I spy a neon green/bright blue cutie!

N: I completed the first 3.1 miles of the race feeling pretty good, despite the heat.  It sure is different running outside!!! The pavement puts a lot more pressure on the knees and the wind mph cause much more resistance.  At least there were lots of other runners and a much more interesting atmosphere than Mr. Gym.  At about 3.5, I was SO relieved to see a water station and bathroom station because I was kindofdying.  Two bowls of oatmeal BEFORE a race… not.a.good.idea.

L: I ran my first two miles way too quickly. I averaged at about 7:13 for both. By mile 3 I already felt burnt out, well aware of the fact that I did zero training for this, haven’t had a lot of decent long runs in WEEKS, and birthday/4th of July feasts were sitting pretty on me :) I told myself I’d try to stay under an 8/min mile but then there were a few of these that wore me out:

Overpass bridges of death

L: With the first loop practically behind me, I followed every other runner up an overpass bridge and saw the 7-mile marker. Thing is, my gps was telling me I hit mile 6. Whatever, I thought. Maybe they used the six-mile marker on the 10K course and so they just put the 7 there as a reminder we all completed another mile. WRONG! Turns out the bicyclist who took the race leaders through the course made a wrong turn, shortening the “half marathon” to 12.2 miles. The facebook page is BLOWIN’ UP with angry comments. I get that you are frustrated, but let. it. go…. mistakes happen. Just keep running!

N: I wanted to finish the race in under an hour, and I just barely missed it!  1:00:46.80 was my finish time, and I was proud!  Considering the fact that I made one bathroom stop and three water stops, I still managed to complete the race in a good (for me at least) time :)

L: Nicole sent me encouraging texts for my last few miles and I was able to pushhhh it. My body was not happy with me for being so irresponsible and having zero training. More than anything this was a mind game towards the end. And a little part of me was really happy that the race ended a mile short haha

L: My finish time for the 12.2 miles was: 1:34:35… a pace of 7:45! Hallelujah it was sub an 8-minute! The medal glows in the dark, too! Want to read another bloggers recap? Here’s Hillary’s take on the 12.2 flub at Nutrition Nut on the Run.

Proud finishers!!

Bagels, bananas, oranges, watermelon, calcium chews, prunes, and fiber gummies

L: Nicole and I got in the car and headed straight towards San Francisco so I could have a night out with my friends Megan + Kelly (she was visiting from so cal!!) On the way we stopped at Fairfield’s Chipotle (1586 Gateway Blvd, Fairfield, CA) so we could:

  • Go to the bathroom
  • Use wet wipes to de-salt our bodies
  • Change for the SF bars
  • Eat!!! Vegetarian burrito bowl for Nicole and kid’s meal Taco Kit for me, one barbacoa taco and one veggie taco, with Mr. Pibb and a small bag of chips

We LOVE Chipotle!!

Question: Tell us about your last race! Any major SNAFUs like a half cut short? Do you like running at night or in the morning… or do you prefer hot n’ sweaty afternoon runs??

Happy trails,

Lauren and Nicole

Comments (18)

  1. Katelyn

    I freaking LOVE Chipotle! When I read on Hillary’s about the race, I was like whaddafuh? I didn’t really get how that could happen, but even though it did, I don’t think people should be getting quiiiite so worked up about it. It’s just a race! Good job to BOTH of you, you kicked ass!! :)

    1. sugarcoatedsisters (Post author)

      Thanks! I agree… it’s sucky but it’s only one race in your entire life… did you see the comment on Hillary’s post from someone who did a full marathon that was 26.6 instead of 26.2… now that, sheesh, I would die!

  2. kristinerunningonhungry

    Did not know you both lived in SF? Me too! That run looks so fun!

    1. sugarcoatedsisters (Post author)

      We’re down in San Jose but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the city!! And your blog too! Google readering it for SF bay inspiration :)

  3. Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots

    Did you both do the “half-marathon”??
    Also, that looks so cool! :) Great job ladies!

    1. sugarcoatedsisters (Post author)

      Nicole did the 10K and I did the “half” … it was definitely unusual doing an evening race! i don’t think our breafast and lunches gave us enough energy… but at least Chipotle came through at the end :)

  4. coachpdawg

    Great race report. :) I found you searching for other reports about the race–I ran the 1/2 too and I was disappointed. You’re right about people blowing up the facebook page today–wowza. Love your blog, though, and love Chipotle too!

  5. Niki (Life's a Payne)

    Some people take their running really seriously! In the end they still got a great workout and hopefully enjoyed the atmosphere and that post-race feeling. You ladies did fabulous! Great job!

  6. Corrie Anne

    An evening race? I WOULD LOVE THAT! I always hate morning races because I always train afternoon/evenings (although I’m trying to reform that). I’m totally not a morning person so I get a litttttle cranky if anything goes wrong during warm-up registration. I love your outfits to! So perfect!

  7. Paige @ Running Around Normal

    Ahh that’s crazy about it getting cut short! I’ve never had any mishaps that I weren’t 100% my fault :-P

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  9. glitzglamgranola

    Congrats on both doing AMAZING!! That’s so crazy that they messed up the course… but I would have been secretly happy :) I’m very impressed that you girls had enough energy after the run to go out in the city! Hope you had fun!! PS. I’ve didn’t even know that you could order kids meals at Chipotle… I’m going to have to get one soon!

    1. sugarcoatedsisters (Post author)

      Thanks! The kids meals are such a great deal- they are only like 4 bucks and they come with chips and a drink. Totally worth it if you’re a taco kind of gal :)

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