Palos Verdes Half Marathon

What's the definition of a friend? Maybe someone who'll wake up at 5am on a Saturday morning to accompany you to a half-marathon. That's what my friend Steve Smith did on May 17, 2008, when I ran in the Palos Verdes Half Marathon. I was in California for the National Postal Forum, and decided to enter the race.

Hills
The race started at Fermin Point in San Pedro. The Point provides a beautiful view of the ocean and the Palos Verdes hills that the course followed.

I had heard about the hills, so I performed a "recon" the day before. After an easy 2-mile start, the course heads up a very steep incline – over 200 foot change in elevation in a half-mile. Yikes! Then the course heads over a series of small hills and a crooked road. Seeing the warning sign below reminded me that I was running in an earthquake zone.

Caution_Sign

It was a pleasant 70 degrees with a slight wind as the 1389 runners headed out. It would warm up over the next two hours, but the ocean breeze and the beautiful views compensated for the temps.

Race_Start

The recon paid off, and I was able to maintain a good pace for the entire run. I finished with a time of 1:51:12, an 8:30 pace. I placed 26th out of 105 men in my age group (45-49), and 182nd overall.
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 It was a great way to start my trip and enjoy the beauty of California. 

MMF_and_Steve
Me and my good friend, Steve Smith 

Off to my next challenge!

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