The official Brightroom photos are in to help me relive the day.
If I'm correct, these two were snapped during the southbound leg along Carlsbad Blvd. on the shallow rise at south Ponto, about a half mile from the turnaround.
I was feeling fresh at this point, and my halfway split clocked me at an average 8:23 pace up to that point. I was just starting to pick it up, using that hill to leapfrog past other runners.
That stretch from the village of Carlsbad along 101, with the sun giving things a golden glow and a sizeable swell giving the surf a classic picturesque quality as you looked down the coast toward Encinitas and beyond, it was just so...I don't know...somehow both serene and energizing. Hard to describe.
Same stretch here (above); just a different photographer I guess. I remember seeing them along the route. Maybe I'm projecting, but I feel like this image captures what I was feeling inside pretty well. I was happy.
Now in this next one, I look a bit more labored.
I can't tell where this was taken. It kind of reminds me of the stretch from the mall to the residential neighborhood during the first mile, before passing over the highway. But I don't remember any photogs there and I look a little more serious and straining. So I'm guessing this was later in the race, perhaps somewhere along the final few miles. I didn't realize it at the time, but according to my race results, I ran a negative split, covering the 2nd half of the race with an 8:07 pace. I ran the first 10 miles kind of riding on a high. The last 3 miles were a little tough.
I'm happy I had any decent photos at all, but they didn't capture me clearly at the finish line. The crowd was pretty large at the finish. Somewhere off to the right are Joan, Quin and Bailey.
This one's not a Brightroom photo. Joan snapped this of Quin and Bailey with me.
They were able to catch me between the 5 and 6 mile mark and along the way back around mile 9, I think. I didn't plan on seeing them at the finish, but they were able to navigate the traffic and get back to the Mall area and see me come down the last stretch. We reconnected and I got to show off my finisher's medal.
Bailey took this one inside the Expo tent:
So, that's that. It's over and a fond memory now. I'm glad to have some pictures of the day, and I challenge the La Jolla Half Marathon folks to put on as great an event as Carlsbad did.