The 2017 Monterey Bay Half Marathon was probably one of the most beautiful Half Marathon I’ve ever run.
Running the Lighthouse 5K was a wonderful preview for the Race and I was pretty excited that morning.
I decided my goal for the race, since I was running it solo, was to have as much fun as possible and just enjoy being out and running. I wanted to set a good pace and not slack, but I was certainly not going for time. Instead, I had a blast posting photos on instagram mid-race!
The course was mostly an out-and-back course, following the bay. It took us through Cannery Row, past the Monterey Bay Aquarium, through Pacific Grove and past the lighthouse before heading out to Asilomar State Beach.
I had to take a picture with the Sunfish and Jellyfish!
I was really looking forward to running past the aquarium because on the previous day, a staff member who saw our 5K medals told us she’d be out cheering. A ton of aquarium staff were there, making it a really fun time!
The fun thing about an out-and-back course is spotting friends— I kept my eye out for Jason, Jason2 and Melissa the entire time, cheering them on if I spotted them. Since Jason is so much faster than me, we really enjoy our mid-race moments on these type of courses.
Once out of town and on to the pathway, the main attraction was the bay. It was gorgeous weather and I spent plenty of miles just gazing out to sea, looking for whales— after all, the race announcer promised us at the start line that he booked some whales as entertainment.
I didn’t see whales, but I did see a sea otter. Other than that, simply feeling the ocean breeze and warm sun in the middle of Novemeber was a special treat.
Around mile 8 I could start to feel the miles, but I pushed back any negative thoughts and kept a big smile on my face. It was too nice of a day to do anything else! One tiny, yet steep, hill nearly killed me, but it wasn’t long until I was rounding the bend to the finish line!
Bling and Boats— I had to show off my medals by the marina.
Jason2 and Melissa both PR’d on this fast course and all four of us earned our Ocean View Challenge medals. Despite my goofing around, I was also pleased with my time. I had kept up a great pace the whole time and was very happy with my performance.
Overall, I loved this race and would definitely do it again!
Ran With: A solo run this time!
Unexpected awesomeness: I’ve seen interesting mile markers before, but the cartoonish signs in this race never failed to make me smile every mile.
Shout-out to: Random girl scout who allowed me to switch my medal from one with pink lettering to yellow lettering (seriously? Why make them different?)
Best Playlist Moment:
Running past the beautiful bay views, as the Moana soundtrack is singing out “See the light as it shines on the sea? It’s blinding…”