I ran the Camarillo Half Marathon this Sunday and have a quick race recap with pictures for ya. LMK when you ran it too – my watch outcomes had been a little bit off and I’m curious if different runners had that have. And I did a fast 30 second video recap on Instagram @RunEatRepeat and TikTok @RunEatRepeat – observe me there for extra.

What I Wore to the Half Marathon

The night time earlier than the race I laid out my ‘Flat Runner’ to make sure I had the whole lot I needed to put on and/or take to the half marathon. I extremely suggest you do that whether or not it’s your first half marathon otherwise you’ve run 1 billion. I ended up going with one other pair of footwear after realizing these had too many miles on them. Time for brand spanking new trainers!  I’ll hyperlink to all my favourite working gear beneath.

My Flat Runner Half Marathon Gear:


Pre-Race Gasoline

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

I went with one thing new for PRE-RACE vitamin however I’ve had this combo earlier than lengthy runs, so I knew this works for my physique. I normally do banana with almond butter or oatmeal.

My alarm went off at 4am and I bought prepared quick since the whole lot was laid out. The race was in Camarillo, CA which is north of Los Angeles and about an hour’s drive away (that’s an hour at 5am on a Sunday morning – not LA site visitors).

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap

I’ve run the total marathon at Camarillo earlier than (I believe 2 occasions) however nothing seemed acquainted – so I used to be tremendous confused at first. I assumed I’d’ve had this race confused with one other one?? Nevertheless it seems they fully modified the course AND the Begin / End line location. The Begin and End line are actually in a brand new park which is nicer than the earlier location.

The race course was on the streets across the space. It was fully FLAT and a lil boring as a result of it wasn’t developed so we ran on asphalt alongside farm land and empty tons for a majority of the time. Nevertheless it was so FLAT so I didn’t thoughts.

Effectively, their web site nonetheless says the course is flat – however someone lied to us a number of occasions, nevertheless it’s nothing of the type (said as New York on Celebrity Big Brother, which I didn’t watch however somebody shared this clip and it’s the whole lot).


The brand new course is all on the bike path – 2 loops for the half marathon and 4 loops for the total marathon. The Mile Marker indicators had been arduous to learn typically since you couldn’t inform which manner they had been speculated to be going through. And the trail has a couple of hills and underpasses (that cross underneath main streets – however you find yourself having to run down and UP each a couple of occasions with a multi loop course).

Carry Your Personal Bottle

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

They’d it on the web site however I forgot that this race is now cup-less = they don’t have cups on the assist stations so it’s important to deliver your personal water bottle. They had been promoting small versatile cups for 2 {dollars} at bib pick-up however I didn’t suppose I wanted it. I thought-about working with out something and simply not consuming for your complete race. In coaching runs I can run 10 miles with out water or electrolytes so I assumed I might attempt to prolong that for 3 extra miles.

Fortunately… I spotted it was HOT and dry and I ought to take one thing simply in case. (I’m so completely satisfied I didn’t run with out something to for hydration – I wanted it.)

So, I made a decision to take the water bottle I full of Nuun to drink earlier than the race – and make it work.

Sadly, it didn’t match very effectively into my working belt and was simply tall sufficient to mess with my arm swing. I might do the go ol’ ‘Nips, Hips and Chips’ correct kind arm swing as a result of my arm would hit the bottle so I needed to maintain it out a bit. But when it’s an ungainly arm swing OR feeling so thirsty I’d drink gutter water – I’m very completely satisfied I ran with it.

Half Marathon Begin Line

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

The race was tremendous small and began on time. Parking was straightforward. There have been public restrooms close to the Begin/End. I didn’t see any porta potties however I by no means noticed the strains for the park restrooms get actually lengthy. There was a Full Marathon, Half, 10K and 5K – with staggered begin occasions in order that most likely helped to keep away from crowding.

Alongside the course the help stations had massive dispensers – 1 with Gatorade and 4 with water. There was no different gasoline like gels, chews or fruit handed out on the course (for the Full Marathon you’d need to deliver gasoline – I’m undecided if that was famous on their web site).

Because it was so sizzling and I used to be feeling depleted I made a decision to cease at an assist station on my 2nd loop of the course (I believe round mile 6, nevertheless it was arduous to inform). I needed to ask which one was water vs. electrolytes and how one can work the dispenser. I believe lots of people had stopped earlier than that time so he most likely gave the run down quite a bit in the course of the first loop.

It’s not difficult, however the dispensers labored by stepping on pedal on the ground… immediately underneath the nozzle. So, in case your bottle isn’t completely underneath the spout –> it’s completely positioned to dump gatorade in your foot. Which is what occurred to me each occasions I ended to get hydration. I didn’t need my water bottle to the touch the spout (hi there germs!) and it was arduous to see precisely the place to put it. Plus, I used to be in a tiny little bit of a rush as I WAS RUNNING A HALF MARATHON.

I largely thought it was humorous, but when I used to be attempting to PR or qualify for the Boston Marathon – I might’ve been a lil irritated.

I didn’t take any pictures in the course of the race and didn’t see any race photographers so these are all simply Earlier than and After (there wasn’t something to see because it was on a typical bike path).

Camarillo Half Marathon Race and End

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

Half Marathon Technique Once I Don’t Have a Time Objective

I didn’t have a look at my watch in the course of the race (not even one time – I do know it’s arduous for some individuals to think about, however that simply means you don’t know how one can keep away from your issues as a lot as I do). Once I run a marathon or half with out a aim (just like utilizing it as a coaching future)… I normally let myself heat up for the primary 3 miles and test in with how I really feel.

If I really feel good –> I push myself and attempt to run at tempo tempo for some time till I determine if I can pace up for the previous few miles.

If I really feel okay –> I give myself one other 3 miles to get within the zone and see if I can decide it up on the midway level. That might imply unfavourable splits and I’d be happy with that.

If I really feel not good –> I deal with effort degree and kind. If attainable I run at an effort that’s a lil quicker than my straightforward tempo. I additionally deal with sustaining good working kind as a result of that will get sloppy after I’m fading.

If I really feel unhealthy –> I pray and simply deal with ending.

After 3 miles I felt like I used to be slower than I ought to be for a half, however I didn’t really feel ok to select up the tempo. Because it was a small race on a loop – I didn’t wish to go anybody in entrance of me as a result of I didn’t really feel robust sufficient to truly create any distance between us.

My coronary heart price and energy degree felt quite a bit larger than they need to be given the tempo I estimated I used to be working. <– That’s why I didn’t test my watch. I knew I used to be dragging based mostly on how I felt. And I knew I couldn’t run quicker at that time so studying my tempo would simply make me really feel unhealthy. So – as an alternative of taking a look at my watch and getting discouraged… I simply didn’t. It’s a lil trick I discovered after I broke my foot and began to run once more.

I noticed a runner man in entrance of me who I assumed seemed skilled and tried to stick with him. I misplaced him after I stopped for electrolytes, however saved him in my sight for a lot of the race.

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

Camarillo Half Marathon End Time:

This course was brief, however you by no means run precisely 13.1 miles throughout a half marathon. More often than not you run longer as a result of it’s arduous to run excellent tangents. It’s not widespread, however I’ve run a couple of races the place the gap is lower than what it’s speculated to be. So, at first I didn’t suppose something about it – however after I drank some water and sat down my mind began working once more and I used to be shocked it was that brief (I had it at 12.67 miles with a time of 1:54:56).

And as I used to be scripting this publish I went to test the race outcomes they usually don’t have my end time?? It appears to be like like loads of the half marathon outcomes are lacking so hopefully it’s simply an error that they’re working to repair. I reached out to the race organizer to ask about it and can replace this as I discover out extra. (In case you ran the Camarillo Full, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K and your race outcomes are mistaken or lacking – let me know. I’m curious what brought on the error – the bibs, timing mat, web site, different??)

Total: It was sizzling and never flat, however I’m completely satisfied I did it. I used to be dragging my ft to publish this race recap hoping that the outcomes checklist could be up to date so I didn’t have to say it as I do know it’s been actually arduous for small native races to remain afloat after covid (loads of race organizations closed all collectively so I wish to help those which can be nonetheless round). So, I’m giving them the advantage of the doubt that it was a random glitch and will likely be fastened quickly.

Camarillo Half Marathon Race Recap 2022

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