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Santa Cruz Half Marathon Recap- Part I

Thank you thank you thank you to all your kind words on Instagram and Twitter. You guys are seriously the best and you are one of the many reasons why I love running (the community). If you didn’t see on IG or Twitter, I PRed the Santa Cruz Half on Sunday 🙂 I’ll recap that in a different post because I’m waiting for photos.

Saturday I drove down to Santa Cruz with Kyle and my mom (my dad offered to stay home and take care of sick kitty). I have to say, I have the best family (Kyle is included in that statement). When I sign up for a race and tell them, the first thing they all do is ask what the date is and put it in their phones. I never have to ask my parents or Kyle if they want to wake up at the buttcrack o nothing, stand around for 2 hours, and then hug a sweaty me. Pretty awesome don’t ya think?

Anyways, we arrived in SC around lunchtime. My mom could not have picked a better hotel (or inn, I think it was an inn). You literally cross the street and you were at the packet pick-up location (our inn was the brownish building to the right of the palm trees).

santa cruz half marathon

After picking up my bib, we drove a very short 5 minutes to lunch. I had asked my friend from work where we should be eating in SC (she went to UCSC). We went to the recommended Cafe Brasil. Sooo good.

santa cruz half marathon cafe brasil

We got our food to-go because it was a 1 hour wait (which should tell you that the food is good. right?) and then we ate at a local park. I got the tofu scramble and it was delicious (although the potatoes were a bit bland. i still ate some of them because i wanted the carbs. ha.).

santa cruz half marathon cafe brasil

We walked around the boardwalk, bought some salt water taffy to bring back to people, and Kyle played a pitching game (baseball) and won a hat. We were all kind of tired because we were up late packing, so we went back to the inn and took a nap. I never sleep well the night before a race so I figured a nap would be good. And before we knew it, it was dinner time. yes, we basically sat, ate, and slept all of Saturday.

Dinner was at Vasili’s Greek. Best pita bread I’ve ever had. Seriously, I have no idea what crap-pita-bread I was served in the past but this was the real deal. I ate all the chicken and pita bread (I mean, I had to carbo load. duh. 😉 ). It turned out to be great pre-race fuel cause I didn’t lay an egg in the middle of the course on Sunday. #winning

santa cruz half marathon vasili's greeksanta cruz half marathon vasili's greek

After dinner we walked around SC a bit, looked for a place to buy a gallon of water for me to stay hydrated on Saturday and Sunday, and then Kyle rolled my legs out with the stick roller. We had to close the windows because it seriously sounded like he was murdering me.

And that was it! Bedtime followed by a pretty restless night for me. Stay tuned for my race recap!

Have you ever stayed at a hotel near your race? This was my first!

Have any go-to pre-race meals?

Ever been to Santa Cruz?

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44 thoughts on “Santa Cruz Half Marathon Recap- Part I

  1. I’ve only ever stayed at a hotel once for a race with a girlfriend of mine…it was a blast. I would love to do that again! Sounds like you have a great family / boyfriend that support you in your passions – that’s great! I too feel lucky, as my husband or parents/siblings will be with our girls if I’m running!

  2. YES! I have been obsessively checking your blog waiting for the recaps! It sounds like you guys had such a fun time pre-race! And yes your family (including Kyle) does sound wonderful! My husband comes to my races when he can, but usually I’m there by myself.

    Gosh I love Greek food. I wonder if all the pita I’ve been eating up until now has been crap.

    I have never stayed at a hotel close to my race, but I will next month! Way to go to your mom for picking such a cool place!

    1. LOL aww thank you!! It was such a fun weekend and I can’t wait to post more! Just waitin’ on those photos!

      LOL I bet you your previous pita has been crap…unless you immediately said, “OMG this is amazing. This is the best thing ever.” 😉

      YAY for next month! It’s so much fun and you don’t have to worry about driving/parking 🙂

  3. I’ve stayed at a hotel near the race twice, my first marathon I think I left my hotel 15 mins before race start. I walked one block to the start, used the portapotty and got in my corral just as the gun went off. Best ever.

  4. Yay so excited to hear more. And a PR?! Yay!! I was worried since you have been dealing with stomach issues. The whole trip is sounding like so much fun. I love when races turn into weekend adventures.

  5. Woooohoooooooo yey yey yey I am so stinkin happy for you that you PR’d.

    Way to rock a race!

    I really don’t have a go to pre-race meal, just something simple and yummy.

  6. I had to go to Twitter to get your race time…CONGRATS!!! You did awesome!!! It’s too bad that we don’t live near each other because we are running almost exactly the same pace these days and could train together.

    I’ve stayed in hotels for about half of my races. It’s fun to run in a new city, but I’m always worried about how I’ll sleep, where to eat, etc.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the race!

    1. THANK YOU!!! LOL I thought the exact same thing the other day!! That would be so much fun!

      Yes, there are definitely some different things to stress about while traveling to a race!! I swear I double checked that I had my running shoes and sports bra like 5 times haha.

  7. When I did Rock and Roll Savannah we were in walking distance and it was pretty awesome! Congrats on your PR, that’s awesome and you are too 🙂

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  9. That food looks delicious! I cannot wait to hear more about the race! I have had my boyfriend roll my legs out with the stick. He hates it because I am screaming, but I won’t let him stop! At least other people understand!

  10. Your family sounds soo sweet!
    I’ve stayed at hotels near races, but I much prefer sleeping in my own bed. Actually it’s not my bed I care about, but I like to wake up in the comfort of knowing that I definitely have everything I need (running shoes, socks, extra safety pins, etc)
    Congrats on the PR!!! I can’t wait to read about it!!

  11. Never been to Santa Cruz. (looks pretty though) I am staying at a hotel in May across from the starting line of my half on the cape. I’m thinking it will be awesome because I literally have to walk out, line up and finish in the same area and I’ll get to shower right after (that will be a pleasant change for everyone!). Congrats on the PR. I can’t wait to read about it!

  12. YAY you!! I can’t wait for recap part 2! I have never traveled far enough to stay in a hotel before a race but would love to some day. My big race goal is to run the Disney half or whole marathon. So far my go to pre race meals usually include a lot of fish and rice, but I’m always open to new ideas!

  13. ahhh congrats amy!!! doesn’t it feel so good to break 2?? i’ve been reading your blog for a while but it’s my first time commenting so i’m glad it’s for a wonderful occasion =D

  14. I stayed at a Disney resort when I ran the princess half in 2012, which was super fun. Never been to Santa Cruz. Pre-race meals: a granola bar the morning of, and chicken and veggies the night before.

  15. That’s awesome! I was following along on Instagram! You rocked it! Twice I ran a half in New Orleans. First year hotel was far from the start – big mistake. We almost missed the start because all the taxis were booked by other runners. Next year we stayed right by the start – I learned something.

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