Sunday, February 6, 2011

Surf City USA Half-Marathon 2011

EVENT: Surf City USA Half-Marathon
DATE: Sunday, February 6, 2011
LOCATION: Huntington Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:45 am (wave start)
FINISH TIME: 01:33:47

(A [first] guest post by "The Ukrainian" -- show him some love so that he'll keep blogging!! :) )

Hello, I am the infamous "Ukrainian."  I am the ultimate workout machine [Julie: that's what he calls himself ].  I've been running for the last three years over which time I have done 6 marathons and about a dozen half-marathons.  I have always wanted to run a race but was too scared to do it on my own.  Once I met Julie and found out that she enjoyed running, that motivated me to do it myself.  My first race was the Laguna Hills Half-Marathon, where I wanted to show Julie that I can keep up with her.  And since that race, I enjoyed participating in other running events because of the continuous challenge of improving my conditioning.  Before I was running, all that I used to do was work out in the gym for hours and play in a co-ed soccer league team.


I had a wonderful weekend being a participant and a volunteer at the world-famous Surf City race.  This was my first time volunteering at the race, and it was very nice to give back to the race community for when I am a runner going through hurdles of picking up my registrations.  The registration desk was hectic but very inspiring because I was able to answer all the questions that the existing racers and first-timers had asked me when they were picking up their packets.  Due to me participating in many races over the last few years, I was able to answer every single question.

The Race:

It was a nice cool morning, but it wasn't as cold as it was last year.  I was feeling a bit under the weather this year trying to recover from a minor cold, but in the end, I still did a pretty good time.  

Me before the race.
The race this year was very nicely organized, especially as you run the course, you find at every mile, there is a water station, which is very helpful to anybody running for the first time.  The course, for the most part, is flat with a few minor climbs, especially between mile 2.5 through 4, where you are going through the Huntington Beach neighborhood.  It does take a while to make that U-turn on the Pacific Coast Highway, but as a runner, you shouldn't get discouraged because once you make the U-turn, the finish is only 4 miles away.

The volunteers at the water stations were very young and energetic and did a great job passing out the water.  They were well-staffed and very supportive of all the runners, which I appreciated.

Since this my third year running this race in a row, I already knew the course, so my mind went blank for most of the course.  You could say I was running on "automatic pilot," except with some leaky fluids coming out of my right nostril. :)  I was hoping to come in under 1:30 like I did last year, but unfortunately, I came up short by a few minutes.  It showed me that I need to run more long runs if I'm going to be ready for LA Marathon.  I need to get brand new running shoes.

"Celebration" at home, after the race.


  1. This is a such a fun race report! Love it! A, Julie said you waved to me on the course, sorry I didn't see you. I felt terrible out there. Probably shouldn't have ran since I just got better from the flu but you are right on point with the weather and the organization. It was a great day for a race. Wow, 1:33...amazing!

  2. Congrats on such a great race!

  3. Awesome race!! I would kill for that weather right now :)

  4. A great guest post, and a fantastic race! Very well done. That is an awesome time. Keep up the great work!

  5. you are so speedy!!!! even though you were slower than last year...sheesh! i had some friends running that same race. sounds like it was a good time.

  6. Congrats on the awesome race!!! 1:33 is amazing

  7. Your speed is just wow! I can't handle excess cold or hot weather and so I can't go for speeding up or warm ups. But I check weather update with Weather measuring instruments resource and do my practice in perfect temperature.