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).
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.
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.).
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
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?