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California Dreamin’ Series Racing Finisher 2011

San Francisco 2010
Long beach 2010
Huntington Beach 2011

Just finished the California Dreamin’ Racing Series 2010-2011. This is the last time that they’re either having the medal I just received and/or the last time the series will include the events that I did. It seems like Huntington Beach will still be apart of it since it was in the 2011 but they aren’t aloud to say whats in it or what the medal will look like.

I’m really glad that I signed up for these races after the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll last June. They were a lot of great experiences, even though troubling, challenging, and exhausting as well. With San Francisco, I had a lot of firsts. It was the first time that I drove alone for that amount of distance and it was the first time that I went to San Francisco taking the 5 freeway (last time we went was on train). It was the first time I had run 9 miles and it was the first time I had run 9 miles in an event. It was the first event that I did alone, now that I think about it. San Francisco was a lot of fun, I met a lot of great people and the drive was an experience too even though it was a little tough right after the fact. They have great colors, my favorite of course (cyan). I might go back if I have the time just for the colors.

Long Beach was great because it was a culmination of all the 5ks that I’ve done with a little extra added on. So, it was nice running in a place that I recognized. It made everything a lot less stressful. I also had someone drive me which cuts the stress level down in half. It’s not really that it’s hard at all or even that stressful. But worrying about all the semantics, logistics, getting there on time, am I going the right way? Is this the right place? Not having to worry after about getting home is always helpful, just have to worry about staying awake long enough. Almost showed up late for this one and I don’t know who this guy was that was running with me to the start line, he seemed like a soccer player, but we ran a mile to get to the race before it started. Ten seconds after the “gun” goes off and we were off. Extravagant medal and the most extravagant ribbon that I’ve seen. It was the 20th anniversary so they put some extra time into everything.

And to finish the series, Huntington Beach. The most relaxing run/walk that I’ve had yet. This run may have been more relaxing than the 5k’s that I do. Not that those are strenuous but it’s always hard work because it’s only three miles so the pace can be two to three minutes faster. The best beachfront event that I’ve done so far. I was really happy with this event. I don’t want to say it was the best one because they all gave me so much in their own right but it was definitely the one that left the best impression with me, not so much for the event but the mood, the vibe, all other things that come with it. Excited people, great signs, relaxing atmosphere, a victorious and dramatic finish. I can’t say enough that this one was just amazing.

Will I do the series again? All depends on when the events on and how many they want to put in it. It was a great series, I would definitely do it again, but my study schedule may or may not conflict.

Anything inspirational to say about the series? I learned so much from it and had so many wonderful memories with so many amazing people. As far as draw dropping comments, I can’t think of any this time around. I’m glad I did it and I’m glad people read and kept up with it.

Thank you everyone for reading, I really appreciate it. Thank you for everyone who donated their time in driving me there, paying for gas (mom, Grandpa), paying for registration fees (mom, Surf City), and anything else I forgot to mention. I may have said this before, but I’ve done the going alone and it’s pretty okay, I still have a great time but it’s always much better when someone goes whether its driving, participating, or cheering. Thank you so much.

I’m a Cal Dreamin’ 2011 Finisher. Woohoo!

[Oh, and thank you to the Cal Dreamin Series for giving me my first racing jacket. It’s styling. I will definitely wear it in the colder weather and maybe tomorrow to show it off for a second.]

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  1. August 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!
    Were you told that this is the last year they were having the California Dreamin series or was it just the medal that they are no longer giving out?

    • August 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate you commenting and taking a quick peek at our team site!

      I actually hadn’t looked into since the series was over. My understanding was that they were no longer offering this medal and that they would be offering a different medal for the 2012 series. However, there site doesn’t seem to be working (http://www.runsurfcity.com/Beach-Cities-Challenge-s/79.htm).

      I know that we received an email about the Beach Cities Challenge (http://www.runsurfcity.com/Beach-Cities-Challenge-s/79.htm). I believe this series includes the same half marathons and marathons. So, it sounds like they changed their name to the Beach Cities Challenge. It does seem like the San Francisco one has left the series and the OC marathon has taken its place. Seems like it’s a southern California series now.

      Hope this helps and thank you again for commenting.

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