Sunday, November 8, 2009

Santa Barbara Half Marathon

Steven ran his second 1/2 marathon of his running career this weekend.

Vincenzo and I rode all over the course cheering, trying not to crash while texting friends updates and taking pictures.

This photo is blurry because Steven went out so fast. It has nothing to do with the photographer's ability to capture action shots. Not at all.

Between yelling "GOOOOO Steven" and telling people "Thank you!" for all the compliments Vincenzo was receiving, there was scenery to enjoy. Vincenzo's best compliment of the day came from some 16-year-old boys whose exact words were "Whoaaaa dude, that's a tight bike, like totally tripping!" This in turn made me feel VERY OLD and cool all at the same time. Odd.

He finally slowed a bit so I could get a good shot. He would tell you he fell wayyyyy off pace. Not quite true. Toward the end when a few people were passing I thought of yelling "Nice job Steven, now go with that girl!" but thought better of this, as there have been times in my races where I'm sure he thought better of yelling such nice encouragement.

Final time was 1:40:01. About 20 seconds shy of his PR. Not bad for having been injured recently. Steven's twin brother had originally planned to race too, but after not running much (and having a new baby) thought better of it and came to cheer instead.

I had a great long run this morning. The air was cold and I climbed way up in the Santa Barbara hills. I got lost and found my way again. A run where I get lost is an awesome run. I finished wanting to go farther.

A run that finishes with a latte taller than Cedric is close to perfect.

Some wandering around by the coast and an encounter with a large pelican topped off a great weekend.

16 comments:

t-odd said...

OK that incredibly cute baby has to make your uterus feel lonely. No? Are you sure? Well, nice pelican.

D said...

NO BABIES! What the hell???

Kiet said...

I think it's awesome that you have this thing for gnomes. It makes me like you even more.

Tawnee said...

I get so many compliments on my Republic bike too! (Mine's still nameless). Look like I'm even starting a trend at Cal State Fullerton.

Tawnee said...

PS - YEA STEVEN! Nice work!!!

ADC said...

Well done Steven.
OMG look at that beautiful weather!

Beth said...

That Cedric sure does make the rounds!! :) Glad you guys had such a sucessful weekend! Congrats to Steven - he'll get that PR next time. :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Good job! I would kill for those kind of times again!!

NJ said...

Way to go, Steven! Sounds like such a fun day.

D10 said...

Congrats to Steven! Your bike is sweet.

Teresa said...

Thought of you while watching the amazing race last night. They were running around with the travelocity gnome. It was "totally trippin'!".

Congrats to Steven.

tn

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Oooh, Jeannine's has the BEST breakfast in SB! Wish I'd know you guys were going to be there - B's mom lives there and has space for nice people like you!

High five Steven for me.

Meg Runs said...

Did Cedric feed the pelicans?! Yeah Steven, I cracked up about the comment you were going to yell out, probably a good idea that you held back!
I love Santa Barbara and that new baby in your family, so cute!

Trishie said...

Congrats to Steven! ... but did Cedric have a good time?

Steve Stenzel said...

20 seconds shy of a PR is GREAT!! Congrats Steven!

rocketpants said...

Awesome job Steven! Sounds like a good weekend all around!