People thought that last year's #Disney2LV was crazy. If you think about it, it actually is pretty wild. Running two half marathons in two different states in the same day is something I thought I'd never do but here I am again doing it for the second year in a row. I flew down to San Diego and met up with @pavementrunner who was part of the original #SD2LV crew from a couple years ago.
We chose to come in on Saturday to get things ready for what was to be a very, very long Sunday. We chilled, had a beer at the famous Hotel del Coronado and walked along the race course a bit to get a feel for the first race. After setting up a few #flatrunner pics (don't tell me you don't do this) and grabbing something to eat, we called it a day. Following Saturday nights sleep, there wasn't going to be much of it until the plane ride back home.
We woke up early, got things in order and checked out of our hotel. We took our bags (one each - since packing light for multiple race excursions like this is a must), walked to the start line and met up with @carleemcdot, @runningwithsd and @stuftmama - fellow @werunsocial crew. They all call San Diego and the surrounding area home and I was just glad to be in it. They are all fun, energetic and passionate about running. In the little time we had before the race started, we hammed it up with pics and selfies.
@pavementrunner planned to PR in this Half, @stuftmama was to stay up with him, @runningwithsd was running the 10-miler and I had no plans but to have an easy race. Since Carlee was also doing this #SD2LV thang, we decided to run together.
Easy. Riiiight. Until about 8 miles or so. At that point my calf started to cramp up and I legit don't know why. Dehydration, over hydration, lack of training or lack of salt - who knows? Whatever it was, it really put a damper on the race. At one point I actually asked a race guard for salt. Now, i've never taken salt before and assumed it would be in tablet form. So, much to my surprise he pulls out this vile of salt and pours it into my hand. I do what's natural and lick it out of my palm (Yuck!) and squirt an ounce of water in my mouth to wash it down. That was one of the weirdest things i've done on a race course before.
Long story short, we run / walk the rest of the race and finish with a much slower anticipated race time. Sub 2:00? Barely. I'll take it. I have to say thanks to Carlee for sticking with me and making sure we crossed the finish line in one piece. We still had another Half Marathon to run later that night! We met up with the rest of the crew, picked up snacks, and took the obligatory finish line pics. We said goodbye to @runningwithsd and @stuftmama and made our way to Vegas.
Have you ever ran multiple races in one day before? Would you ever consider a #SD2LV challenge like this?