Still high from my win at the Solana Beach duathlon, I was fairly optimistic about this daunting half marathon. There are a lot of very steep hills on this course and the course record is 1:49 and change. If you know anything about half marathons, then you know that is not a particularly fast time, even for a trail event. I knew it would be a difficult race, but it was made worse by the heat an sun. It was about 72 °F at the 7 am start, and when I finished, it was 95 °F. This one can pretty much be summed up as just suffering. This was such a difficult race; certainly harder than the “World’s toughest half marathon”, Pier to Peak. The whole thing is pretty nicely described by the following graphic.
I have been jacked up for weeks since this race.
Time: 2:36:05 Pace: 11:55
Place: 55/194 Overall, 47/119 Men, 14/42 M40-49
Age Graded: N/A (trail)