On Saturday (May 19) the alarm went of at 4:30. I rolled out of my bed at the Moonlite Inn Redondo Beach and headed to Palos Verdes area to catch the shuttle bus for the Palos Verdes Half. After parking at a parking structure at a mall I grabbed a bus and headed to the start. The start was in a beautiful area. I got there so early they were still setting up so I just sat around and soaked in the beauty.
I met some great locals and chatted for awhile about the area. Everyone was very friendly. There were probably around 2000 people for both the half and the 5K. It never seemed too crowded.
My pace felt pretty erratic the whole way. One minute I would be flying downhill and then panting and shuffling uphill.
Total distance: 13.27 (um this race was never going to end)
Average mile time: 10:57
When you reached the finish they handed you a medal (they had medals for the 5K too) and a bottle of water. I was in a hurry since I had to check out of my hotel by 11 so I grabbed my stuff and headed to the finish festival area to pick-up my t-shirt and grab the shuttle back to the parking area.
The shuttle buses were missing. No one knew where they were or where to catch them. I wandered around for a while and finally found where one shuttle bus was. Apparently the buses had gone on break and had been missing ever since. There were only three tiny shuttle buses and 100s of people waiting to go back to parking. It was a nightmare. I waited for an hour and a half to finally get on a bus to go back to parking. People were getting angry and the person in charge had no clue what was going on or what to do. Logistical nightmare. Apparently this happened last year according to another runner. For this fact alone I would avoid this race. You can not shuttle 2000 people to the middle of nowhere and not give them a way back or provide them with food or a place to wait (we were huddled on the side of the highway with cars flying by). I missed my check out time. J & B had to pack up my stuff and check out of the hotel for me and wait for me to come get them. Sucked big time. Also meant no shower for me. Luckily for all involved I had some baby wipes.
After locating J& B on the side of the road where they had to wait for me (sorry :() We headed to lunch at Wildflower in Redondo Beach. So good. I had chicken pesto sandwich and fries. By that time I was angry hungry. GIVE ME FOOD.
|Race number 2 number secured- oh god why did I do this to myself again|