Along with two Sole Runners, Barb and Miyuki, the Green Girl did the Coto de Caza Half Marathon yesterday.
The race followed the same route as the Rockin' The Coto Trail Half Marathon I did back in August.
Like most Charlie Alewine Racing races, this one was capped at 25 runners. The course was on horse trails in the gated community of Coto de Caza in Orange County.
Barb was concerned that her beloved dog, Sassy, would get eaten by mountain lions and I'm sure the 'BEWARE' sign did nothing to alleviate her concerns.
Charlie reassured us that we would be just fine as long as we stuck to the horse trails.
When we arrived at the Starting Line, it was still pitch black outside. I stared up at the sky and admired the constellations. My favorite has always been Orion, The Hunter.
As we headed out, we were grateful for the cool October morning.
Barb, Miyuki, and I stayed together for the first half of the race. We chatted and lauded the beautiful scenery.
I felt really good. My right calf was a little tight starting out but it loosened up within the first few miles.
As we looped back from the halfway point, it started warming up.
As a girl who doesn't do well with heat, I started melting. I walked the last couple of miles. It was hot and I also needed to conserve energy because the three of us were going to run another 7 miles to get in 20 miles for the day.
We crossed the Finish Line, took a bathroom break, refilled our bottles, and headed back out there.
It was so hot that the only way I could keep myself going was to tell myself I could stop for a walk break at the next shade. I also decided to put on my headphones and listen to some music.
I felt like the hills were making themselves steeper and longer as I trudged up them. At one point, I just stopped and stared up at dirt incline. I was too tired to take another step so I took a picture.
Needless to say, despite the scorching sun, Barb, Miyuki, and I managed to get in our last long run before the Athens Classic Marathon, and we got a cool medal along the way.