On February 9th I ran the San Dieguito Half Marathon for the 15th time. Over the years this has been one of my favorite races. The course is hilly so it suits my strengths. I was very pleased with my result as I ran 1:23:53 (6:25/mile) and placed 2nd out of 65 men in the 50-54 age group and 18th out of 987 overall finishers.
I had to skip the race last year due to plantar fasciitis so I was chomping at the bit this year. In 2012 I did the race in 1:20:44. I knew I’d be much slower after the long layoff last year. This was going to be my longest run in over a year. I did a run recon of the course 7 days prior to this year’s race. I wanted to see how I’d do on my new foot…which is really an old foot at this point. The recon effort led me to estimate I’d do the race in about 1:26. Race adrenaline is an amazing thing as it enabled me to exceed that estimate by 2+ minutes. Man, I love to race!
The top 3 in each age group get on the podium. All podium finishers win a coveted San Dieguito sweatshirt. It took me 7 attempts at this race before I won my 1st sweatshirt. Now I’m proud to say I’ve earned a collection of 8 San Dieguito podium sweatshirts. The 1st place guy in my age group was Jeff Creighton. Even if I had never been injured, I was never going to beat Jeff as he finished in 1:19:35. I finished comfortably in 2nd place as my triathlon friend Mark Ford came in 3rd to round out the sweatshirt collectors with a time of 1:28:41. Another triathlon friend, Patrick Baldwin, won the overall race in a time of 1:14:43.