Hooleys to Hooleys Half Recap and Work/Life Stuff

Hooley’s to Hooley’s Half- Sunday 3/17/13

Finish Time: 1:39:37

5th Female overall

1st in AG! (This was a small race)


After a whole lot of shenanigans the day before the race (hubby’s birthday party) I am lucky this race even happened. Seriously. Pretty sure I tweeted that the race was going to be more like a walk for me.

It's all fun and games until the alarm goes off at 4:15 a.m.
It’s all fun and games until the alarm goes off at 4:15 a.m.

Sunday morning came and I overslept the alarm by 45 min. I thought I hit snooze, but I hit off. Awesome. When I woke up I went into normal I am late panic mode.  Always a good time at the BCOD. I inhaled oatmeal (literally, I didn’t taste it), got dressed and made the hour trek down to the start.

High quality cell phone pic. St. Patty’s green in full effect.

So glad my friend Maureen was running because if we had not planned on meeting up, chances are I would have stayed in bed. Mo, thanks for holding me accountable, even if you didn’t know you did 🙂


After a short warm up we lined up at the start. Since I saw the field was small I made my way near the front. Figured less weaving would conserve the little energy I had. It felt like we were standing around fo-eva when they announced we would be delayed 15 min due to road closures. Bed was sounding better and better 🙂

I decided I wasn’t going to warm up again and stood and talked with Mo. During this little lag I also got to meet Melissa and her sweet friend Amy! We talk a lot on twitter, but this was the first time we got to meet. So fun!

We finally got word we were starting and the gun went off. I basically hurt the entire race.

We started with a nice flat for maybe a mile and then began a 2.5 mile or so uphill trek. Mo warned me of the uphill but I didn’t think it would be as tough as it felt. Kathy Loper loves giving runners a challenge.

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At mile 3 we started a downhill. I usually love the downhill to make up time and recover. Yeah, the recover part didn’t happen but I did make up a little bit of time.

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I took a gel and looked around and saw that I was all alone. I have never been totally solo during a race. It was so quiet and lonely. I knew the turn around was at 6.5 or so and that I would see other runners. I also knew it meant going back uphill. Son of a !!

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I saw Mo around mile 8? She told me I was 5th female and that was pretty awesome. Never thought I’d hear those words in my life time! One would think that news would push me to go harder. I tried, but I just couldn’t get going any faster. Getting up that last incline at mile 10 hurt.

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As I crested the last hill a guy on a bike told me to pick it up and try pass the 2 females ahead of me. I finally had them in my sight but my tank was empty. I gave it all I had left to the finish!

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I had .16 at the end instead of .10. Ooops on the tangents. Mile pace for the last .10 was 6:47.

I crossed in 1:39:37.


Maureen finished in 2:04 (she is getting so close to breaking 2!!) and we stayed and waited for the award ceremony. It was neat to hear my name being called as 1st in my AG. I got my little glass mug, said goodbye to Maureen and headed home.

This was a really tough race for me. Physically and mentally. My stomach was sloshy from start to finish, but more than anything I was just drained. I could have just given up. At one point (mile 10) I really wanted to. In the worst way! Instead I talked myself through that last crappy climb and gave it all I had. I am so glad I didn’t quit. That would have been easy.

I was talking to my hubby last night about how awesome it is to see not only myself, but others that I have come to know improve with each race. We get out of running what we put into it. Training smart, taking care of ourselves and having faith that we CAN do it is huge come race day. I am proof of that.


So what’s next? I am running Carlsbad 5000 and the La Jolla Half in prep for the Ojai Mountains to Beach Marathon. I will be doing a lot of training with my dear friend and we are planning on a strong race come May 26th. We have approximately 8 weeks to do.work.

I can’t wait.


So what about Chicago? After a lot of talking, a lot of researching and a lot of prayer we have decided not to go.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7)

We are trusting that this is the right decision. My hubby just started down a new path in his career and it’s his turn to shine. While I am keeping my career plans mum (for obvious reasons, I don’t know who may be creeping around the interwebz), I am really excited to get spend some time with the kids. I have been working since I was a kid and I don’t know any other way. It’s time for me to devote myself to my family. I can’t wait to see what HE has in store for us. I think a lot of good change is in our future.


So there you have it. Now that you all know I will be loitering here in SoCal it’s time to focus back on MIL. She needs our prayers more than ever. Her birthday is coming up on April 2nd and we want her to be able to enjoy it! 

If you are the praying kind please include Kay. We appreciate it more than you will ever know!


OK, I’m off to run (literally) to my son’s baseball game and enjoy the afternoon with the family. Hello Pizza Port, I will see you in a few hours for grub. No really. Pizza party will be happening.

Anyone racing this weekend? What else has been going on since we talked last week?!


18 thoughts on “Hooleys to Hooleys Half Recap and Work/Life Stuff

  1. Congrats on your awesome race!! And I also race in Brooks Pure Connect 2s, I love them! I just got a pair of the black ones … anyway… I’m sooo jealous you’re running Carlsbad 5k I love that race so much! It was my first one back in 2008.
    And I’m glad you are staying in So Cal – now we’ll just need to meet up for a run one of these times I’m in town visiting the parents.

    1. Thanks girlie! This was my first run in the PC2s (ooops, big no no) and I really like them. I don’t think I’ll take them any longer than 13 due to wear, but they are GREAT! So comfortable. Big improvement IMO from the 1s.

      Let me know next time you are in town!

      1. Oh I agree, they are so much better than the 1s! I’ll definitely let you know when I’m in town next 🙂

  2. Congrats again! Race was a challenge but I’m glad we did it! I had a great time hanging out and catching up. I’ll see you in Carlsbad!

  3. You’re incredible! That is smoking! So excited that you won! Very happy for you. I was also very happy to read that you’re running Mountains to Ocean… so am I!!! Do I get to meet you? How flipin cool would that be?

  4. Awesome about the half and your career decision. It sounds like you are at peace with it. He has grand plans for you and is actively helping them to come to fruition. Happy Bday to the MIL!!

  5. You dug in and kicked that race’s butt. Then again, you the master of hills now that you’ve moved to North County!

    I’m selfishly glad you guys have decided not to go to Chicago :o)

  6. Way to fight on and finish strong (and not quit!). Wasn’t that a PR by like 9 seconds or so as well?

    I share your enthusiasm for seeing other runners make progress. After approx. two years of just minding my own running business, it’s been really great in the last year connecting with more folks and hearing about their ups, downs, and their accomplishments. We’re all on one big giant running “team.”

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