Montana de Oro is right in my backyard so I go to sleep in my own bed and head out to the site in the morning. The race started at 820, a totally late start and I was worried I would be hot; I ended up being hot but it wasn’t that big of a deal.
I wore my Suffer Better shirt over this until I got too warm. Seen above are Oiselle tank and shorts, ProCompression socks, Momentum Jewelry Motivation Wrap, Garmin Fenix 3, Moving Comfort bra and Altra Running Trail shoes (I think Lone Peak). Not seen are my Nathan Hydration Pack, Nuun and Honey stinger. These are my fuel choices for every run; they never give me upset and they work. I haven’t boinked in a race due to fueling in forever. LOVE LOVE Love these products. I also adore my procompression.com socks. #keepittight I wear these for every run and for recovery and again, no issues. I’m super stoked to be a #oisellevolee team member so I sported some of my favorite items of theirs; the Mac Roga Shorts are the BOMB! My Garmin has loads of interchangeable straps and my Momentum Jewelry seriously gets me through my long runs and races! I’ve also been very pleased with my switch to Altra running shoes; #embracethespace! Anyway, my race outfit and fuel worked extremely well!
So there were lots of distance choices and I chose to do the half. I have some other road and trail races coming up and this seemed like a good choice for my training plan (which is “get out and run and have fun!”) The course was tough. It is overlooking the ocean in Morro Bay, so we started on the sea bluffs and then turned right and started climbing. It was a moist muggy morning and my asthma was going cray cray with the climb and the wet, but I just put that out of my mind and climbed. Pretty soon we were dropping and came back in for the first loop. After that we went back out and turned back inland. This was the worst part for me; it was a 3-4 mile fire road that was a mild incline and BORING AS HELL! Geez…talk about monkey mind. Without a view, deep in a canyon, no breeze and just miles and miles of boring road, I wanted to bash my head in with a boulder. Obviously didn’t do that; instead I turned it into a game. I’m a therapist and I truly believe that running is 99% mental. I’ve done the training and I run all the time, so it wasn’t my legs, it was that bratty kid in my head saying “are we there yet? are we there yet?” I mean the whining going on in my head was unreal. So I actively worked to turn it around embrace the suck and get my motivation back.
I even stopped and took a photo of my Momentum Wrap. Then I kicked myself in the arse and got it in gear. I mean, come in Heather, you chose to be here and you love this stuff, so BIG F’in Deal you have to run on a boring stretch for a bit. Get over yourself and GO! HAHA! It worked! And we also got to turn back up and climb. You would think I would hate that part, but no way friend! Climbs, and single tracks and views are my thing. I pumped some RHCP and Fishbone and climbed. And was rewarded by some stunning views. And I got my mojo back.
Once on top, I was in heaven and have about 30 pics! It was just SO awesome! Back in my element and the bratty kid was silent. On the way down, it was super crazy rocky, with loads of loose shale. I fell once, almost fell another five times, and laughed my way to the end. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Fun times. And I met a few people on top.
Funny story; everyone was super polite on the single tracks sections. The bike riders, clipped in and going either up or down, all stopped for us runners and were super nice. The only people who didn’t stop (for me and others as I found out) was a group of older women walkers who were militant about taking up the WHOLE damn trail. We all literally had to step in the bush to get out of there way! Man oh man, I do not want to be a bitter old lady as I continue to age!
Soon enough I was out of the rocks, back to regular single track and then sandy bluffs. That was wacky too; got all kinds of sand in my shoes as I cruised into Spooner’s Cover for the finish. Great race staff and volunteers; ate some candy and drank some water, chatted with some new friends and headed home. My dogs were SO glad to see me!
I wore my Suffer Better shirt for a lot of the race ;if you use code SBHT20S you’ll save money when you order their gear and they will donate to NoKidHungry, my charity of choice. I’ve been stone cold broke before while I was a single mom putting myself through school, and NO KID should ever ever ever go hungry in our first world country.
I love my soft tshirt and medal. I could have picked a tech tee, but this one was just too cute!
Hard, hilly, technical race; fantastic one to run if you’re ever in the area! Get out there and run!