Tesoro Viejo Half Marathon Review

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

2:04 - new half marathon PR!

It was a day when everything went right. Optimal race conditions, perfect views, ideal trail terrain. I woke up rested and ready for the day. Hubby and the kids dropped me off so I didn’t have to worry about parking (thanks guys!). I had plenty of time to warm up and get mentally ready. During the race, my fuel/hydration plan worked out great as well (perfect mix of endurance fuel + Clif blocks). No GI issues…hallelujah!

Quick facts:

  • First race of 2021

  • Half marathon PR! Official time 2:04 / 9:29 pace (previous half was the Zion Trail Half, 2:30, September 2020)

  • First half since September 2020

  • Second ever in-person half marathon

  • First mid-size race in California since the start of the pandemic

  • 12th place in female 30-40 age group

What helped me PR?

  • Consistent strength + cross training: As part of my 50K training plan from my ultra coach @runSJRT, I’ve been following a strict schedule. I run four times a week, with cross training/strength twice a week. I’ve been all about the @onepeloton bike bootcamp classes, which are the perfect combo of cycling and lifting.

  • Mental toughness: As I approach the final stretch of 50K training, I’ve been working really hard to dig a deeper “pain cave” – in the words of my favorite ultra runner @court. I’m getting more comfortable being uncomfortable. By mile 10, I felt like I could conquer anything! And I had the energy to finish the final 3 miles strong and fast.

  • Proper nutrition, sleep and hydration: The week of the race, I really focused on sleep, nutrition and hydration. I drank tons of water and @Nuun tablets. I also worked on getting as much sleep as possible, especially the two days before the race (8 hours is my nightly goal, but I usually fall short).

  • Music?! I usually run without music, but for some reason I had the urge to listen to music during this race. Perhaps it was the sweet sounds of early 2000s hip hop that propelled me across the finish line in record time. Not sure if this was a fluke, or if I’ll be listening to music on race day moving forward. We’ll see!

Looking back on your most successful races, what do you think made a difference for you during race day? I’d love to hear about it!