Avocado Half Marathon & 5k

I decided to try out the 3rd Annual Avocado 5k last weekend.  It was a local race for me, so I figured, why not?!  Plus, they had me at “avocado.” I figured being the Guacoholic that I am, I should probably add an avocado medal to my bling collection!

The Expo for this race was at The Running Center in Temecula.  I had recently bought a pair of running shoes in there, so I knew right where it was.  The bib pick-up was set up inside the store (which is smaller to begin with), so I was glad I got there right as it was starting because it was a little crowded.

Got Flat Melissa all laid out for race morning.  I always tag these pictures on my IG when I post in case you want info on my favorite run gear!  You can check out that post here.

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Race morning was a little chilly, but I never run in anything but shorts.  Thankfully, living in Southern California all my life, the coldest weather I have had to brave in my shorts is around 30; it was 33 degrees on this race morning!

I caught a beautiful sunrise on my way over.

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Parking for this race was fine as there was plenty of free lots around the start line.  The one big problem was the port a potty situation, UGH, a runners worst nightmare!  It may have been a smaller race, but listen…EVERY runner needs to use the bathroom before the race.  We had a half marathon and a 5k that started 15 minutes apart — versus a row of 10 port a potties.  TEN!  A couple of people in front of me that were running the half had to bail out of line to start on time and not use the bathroom.  I ran the 5k, but from what I heard there were also no port a potties on the course.  YIKES!  I don’t use the bathrooms during the races, but I know many do.

The race started on time, and I was excited.  Sometimes it’s fun to mix in the shorter races during all your distance training and racing, although, the 5k can hurt a little more because it’s run at quite a faster pace!

I felt strong during this race.  I could see the pace car which I thought was pretty cool.  I remember thinking several times while running “What are you doing up here, you don’t run this fast!”  The course was pretty much flat, a couple of teeny little rollers (if you could even call them that), but I was fired up that once I started this race, not one person passed me.  As I rounded the corner of the finish the one girl I had been running with pulled away (so I guess technically she passed me), but I ended up finishing 6th OA, the 2nd OA female and 1st in my AG.  I clocked an official time of 20:17 which was a 40 second 5k PR (just since December).  THAT felt awesome!

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Now, I am about to tell you the best part of this race….are you guys ready?!  When you crossed the finish line and got your medal — they also handed you a big ole avocado!!!

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I’ll pause here so you guys can regroup after news like that.

 I was able to get a few pictures and then watch the first finishers come through from the Half Marathon.  I got to meet a couple local IG-ers for the first time — @runningnerb and @erinsrunnerdpt

  And then got to see some of my fav local repeat offenders– @alissamwc and @negativesplitspositivevibes these two used this as a 20-mile training run day, and ran 7 miles before the race.  They then proceeded to place 1st & 2nd OA females in the Half Marathon!  So many local bad asses here in my area.

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And @run_love_smile who I have had the pleasure of bumping into at a few races but we never snagged a picture together until now!

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Overall, this was a great race, and I will likely do it again next year — the shirts were pretty cute too!

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And in case you were wondering, I cracked open that avocado (that was finally ripe this weekend) — and polishing that off was what fueled me for this recap.

One more look at that avocado bling!

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I’ve got one more 5k coming up here in April (before I’m onto my longer races) at the Carlsbad 5000 and it’s a local favorite and a fun race as well.  Hoping to come out of this one even stronger!

Anyone else run the Avocado Half or 5k, or planning on running Carlsbad?

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2 Comments on “Avocado Half Marathon & 5k”

  1. Great sunrise. So does Flat Melissa sleep like that the night before a race? Or does everything get jumbled on the floor like some people prep?
    Oh and congrats on a 40 second PR – that’s huge!

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