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Amazing Race

My husband, daughter, two of her friends, and about 500 others that they didn’t know, ran the Santa Barbara Pier to Peak this morning.

The official Pier to Peak race description is:

Santa Barbara’s Challenging Half-Marathon takes you from the famous Santa Barbara Friendship Dolphins Fountain at the edge of Stearns Wharf, past the “Queen of the Missions” and on up an elevation of 3996 feet to the Majestic views at La Cumbre Peak. Capture the panaramic layout of the city, SB Channels and the Channel Islands. You can see where you started from 13.1 miles (sealevel) earlier.”

The race began at 6:30 a.m. which meant that the alarms at our house began going off around 4:30-5:00 a.m. Plenty of time was needed to wake up, eat a pre-race breakfast and stretch. At about 6:00 I heard the back door close as I was still warmly tucked in bed. This mama does not run! I am however normally at the finish, but this race finished at the top of “the peak” and wasn’t spectator (or car) friendly, so I had a quiet morning all to my self while waiting for the “call” that they had all finished. I waited and waited, but wasn’t too concerned that the call came later then they expected to finish, because of course, their phones were in their cars at the start of the race and they had to shuttle back down the hill (which always takes longer than expected).

They all ran the entire course and finished proud of their times!! All I kept hearing was “THAT WAS THE HARDEST THING WE’VE EVER DONE!!” I somewhat shrugged their comments off until later in the day when we drove part of the course.

Oh my goodness!! This mama was tired just driving the course. It was crazy steep, uphill all the way, winding the side of the mountain! It was honestly the type of drive that could make you car-sick!

I was happy when I realized that I had my little P&S camera in the car. I took these photos at about mile 7. Remember this was a half-marathon and mile 7 is only about half way. A half-marathon is 13.1 miles and this was all uphill!

These photos do not do the grade of the road any justice, but I’m telling you, it was steep! And curvy!

The bottom right image is the zoomed in version of the left image. I was trying to show where the race began, down at the pier.

And remember, from where I took these, they still had 7 miles to go. Straight uphill!!

And even after running, my two runners still had the energy to act a little silly ……

Congratulation to my runners, Ken, Jenny, Jeff  and Dave. And of course, the other 500 that also completed this challenging half-marathon. I love it, as I’m writing this at 10pm, my husband is snoring on the couch and Jen and the boys are out on the town. Oh to be young again!

  • Lose It! | Renee Whiting/Nana's Empty Nest - September 9, 2011 - 7:35 am

    […] a combined 45 pounds! My husband has lost 25 and looks and feels great! See this post about the Pier to Peak race that he just completed. I’m down about 20 (still have a few to go), but can already see […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Henderson - September 19, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    They are hard-core! What a run! Love the goofy outtake! I (along with 3 friends) are training for a 5k Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Oct. It seems like small potatoes compared to this! And its KICKING my booty, but I am ADDICTED to running now. I know! It’s Crazy! ME! The one who hasn’t ran for any distance since High School! :) Wish me luck! Maybe I will live to take some silly photo’s afterwards as well!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Henderson - September 19, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    I should add that I am in week 5 of training and I already feel my endurance is so much better!ReplyCancel

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