Posted by Lauren
Things are going to get real up in Sugar Coated Sisters land… are you ready?
Sunday morning I woke up at 6:15 am for the Run With The Jets half marathon in San Mateo. I was a little bit chipper than usual thanks to Daylight Savings Time! I donned my go-to race outfit (seriously I wear the same thing almost every race) and then whispered goodbye to Kyle.
As I left, I told him “I’m just going to run this like a jog… it just sucks because sometimes I want to run a race just to run, not to race,” to which he replied: “Who is going to know, though?” I said: “Well……uh….. it shows up on your record?” That’s when I felt silly, because who cares enough to look at your records but yourself??
Anyways, you might notice that I’ve been tackling the good ol’ 13.1 a bit more often than usual. It’s all for the Northern California Half Marathon Series (NCHMS), which I may or may not have explained before. Basically, there is no fee to be a part of the NCHMS, you just need to run 4 of the participating races including the Walnut Creek half marathon in December. Their website sums up why I decided this series was a perfect fit for me: “From the shore, to the city, to the mountains, these races comprise some of the most fantastic views, trails and destinations you will find in Northern California.” I love scenery, what can I say?
Sunday’s Run With The Jets marks race number 9 for me! That being said, I just can’t RACE all of them. I’ll RUN them. But that’s the best I can do.
Let’s start the race recap, shall we?
I googled the closest Starbucks and popped in to get some joe to help with my flow, know what I mean? ;)
Thanksgiving blend, 1 packet of SUGAR, and a good dose of NF milk. Do your thang.
For breakfast: Corazona’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Square
I liked this flavor better than the banana walnut variety, mostly because PB and I are like THISSS (also because the banana flavor was a little fake tasting).
I arrived at Coyote Point Park a bit early, WENT TO THE BATHROOM!!, and scoped out the scene. Every runner was more than happy to see clear skies, especially considering the downpour last night!
The start/finish area offered beautiful Bay views!
My iPhone pictures don’t do the view any justice. You could clearly see San Francisco in the distance. Oh, and there were jets! The course followed the Bay Trail (which I last ran with Miranda in JULY!), hugging the water’s edge. A lot of SFO-bound airplanes approach the airport over the bay, thus Run with the JETS.
Starting line temps: cool, but not cold. I made the best decision EVER and kept my yellow jacket on. More on that later…..
Maybe it was the fact that I was surrounded by water OR maybe it was the TALL cup of coffee earlier OR maybe it was a cruel joke from the race coordinators… but I quickly realized I HAD to go to the bathroom (around mile 1.5) and I couldn’t find a port-a-potty until around mile 4.
I’m not going to lie – I let a little go about every half mile. HAHAHA, HONESTY, folks! When I finally saw the blue bathroom, I darted towards it. Unfortunately, another racer hopped in. I wasn’t about to wait for him to finish his business, so I said “screw it” and kept running.
A mere 1/2 mile later I let a little more go. This pattern continued until I FINISHED the race. The race was an out-and-back style, so I knew I’d pass the port-a-potty again.
Turn around! Where’s the bathroom?!!!??!!!
The airplane enthusiast’s race.
Fisherpeople. Fisherman + Fisherwoman.
No shame: I seriously peed my pants. For 11.5 miles I just said “to heck with it” and let biology do it’s thing. I couldn’t help it!!! Next time, I’m running with a pair of Depends on. :) Thank goodness I wore my yellow jacket! A quick double-knot around the waist = hidden wet spot on my shorts. Voila, solution!
Oh look, two more jets!…..Bad joke?
And, you can’t see the wet shorts! HAHA.
I really hope you appreciate the honesty.
It was like running 13 miles with a wet diaper. UGH.
I immediately changed into sweats as soon as I crossed the finish line.
Enough of that… let’s talk about the food!
Rolls, peanut butter, cookies, muffins, bananas, and a Bay Area favorite: Hobee’s coffee cake!
Hobee’s founder, Peter Taber, perfected the cinnamon-streussel-topped blueberry coffee cake recipe in 1975. Tried and True for 36 years, baby.
Race: run. Food: ate. Pants: changed.
Oh, and I actually ran pretty well! My finish time was just a few seconds shy of 1:42, and I surprisingly placed 1st in my age group! I guess the lack of hills and some of my more recent track workouts are paying off!
Question: Want to share a peed-your-pants story?!?! HAHA Come on, this is a judgment-free zone!