Saturday, June 18
Half Marathon #36
Weather - Mostly Sunny, Upper 50's/Low 60's
Like many of the less populated Midwestern states, Idaho doesn't have a huge selection of races to choose from. So of course when I saw that there was the See Jane Run half marathon that promotes running for chocolate and champagne, I could hardly say no!
This was going to be our FASTEST out of state marathon yet. And by fastest, I mean time gone, not speed of our running :D
As I've said, L can't miss any work, so we booked the absolute latest flight out of Denver to Boise. That meant a 9:20 departure. So we were able to stop at an Applebee's about ten minutes from the airport. You will be shocked to know I *did* order a bit differently.
Can't tell what I did different? I don't normally order a salad and I got my dessert without whipped cream. See?? I'm not a complete freak. I sometimes do stuff different...
We got to the airport in plenty of time. While we were in line to board, I noticed the lady in front of me wearing a marathon shirt. I asked her if she was racing in the morning and she was. We talked a few minutes about racing and then she asked if we were Maniacs. We said no, but we were Fanatics and of course she knew what we meant. Our flight was full but left only a few minutes late and actually landed early. I had managed to book a hotel just minutes from the start line, so even though we didn't get there until almost midnight, we could still get close to 6 hours sleep. Definitely an improvement over last week.
So a funny thing about the hotel... I no longer use credit cards, so I was expecting to put down a cash deposit. I swear the guy behind the counter looked at me like I was an alien and instead of cash he must have thought I was offering a deposit in old stamps or Euros. He stuttered a bit, asked if I planned on using any "incidentals" and when I said "no," he told me not to worry about the deposit. Does that mean cash is no longer accepted? Anyway.
Managed to get ready and into bed by 12:15. I didn't fall asleep right away, but I certainly slept better than I have in ages. I was not eager to get out of bed when the alarm went off at 6:10 though. We got dressed and headed out to the start of the race. We knew the general vicinity of the start, and luckily we ran into a few people and managed to get to the right place. We still had to pick up our chips (actually one of those ankle bracelets) and our bibs and goodie bags. We made a quick trip to the bathroom (one that flushed and had sinks!!) and then went to drop off our bags. Only... there were no volunteers. We asked at registration, got the comment that they were short on help. Ten minutes later no one came by and the volunteers still didn't seem to care. With 20 minutes to go we finally snagged a Sharpie off a vendor's table, wrote our number on the bag and left it under the table, hoping for the best. Sigh.
We headed in the general area of the start line, hoping to to use the bathroom one more time. I spotted the champagne glasses we would be getting at the end... Under strict guard of volunteers of course:
Quick stop at port-o-potty, and we decided we would just watch the 80's aerobic style warm-up:
And got in some awesome pictures at the start line:
|See. Us. Run.|
We stood in the corral waiting to start, and we saw the lady from the airport. Wearing a Marathon Maniac shirt... The race actually started RIGHT ON TIME, which I like. I felt pretty good at the start and as is the usual practice, I no longer look at my pace when I run. I do, however, check my watch when I feel like I've been running a really long time and may have missed a mile marker. I figured I'd be in trouble when I looked for the first time at .64 miles. Sigh. Going to be a long race.
The course was FANTASTIC. After a lot of races that aren't too interesting or are just run through busy city streets, it was great to run in a park and through fancy neighborhoods.
|Somewhere around Mile 1|
|Around mile 3|
|Around mile 5|
There was a straight area of the course where I could see about a half mile in front of me. I picked out a few "rabbits" I planned on chasing for the remainder of the race.
Before we even hit mile 7 I was feeling better. My legs felt better and I wasn't struggling as much. Still running slower than I wanted, but didn't feel as bad. And we got back to a much better looking part of Boise! We got to run through some pretty nice neighborhoods.
We did a turn around under a road and then we were back on a path. Only this path sucked. About 1.5 miles were on this torn up asphalt. I hate running on that type of surface. I know I was running slower because I was being careful. Even walked a bit just before mile 9. Grr.
Finally around mile 10 we got back on the paved path and we were running back by the Boise river. Also running pretty fast and high (like it had been in Wyoming and Nebraska).
Official Time - 2:13:56
Official Pace - 10:14
Overall - 177/531
Division - 42/122
Garmin Time - 2:13:56
Garmin Distance - 13.14 miles
Garmin Pace - 10:11
Mile 1- 9:34
Mile 2 - 9:52
Mile 3 - 9:39
Mile 4 - 10:24
Mile 5 - 10:18
Mile 6 - 10:44
Mile 7 - 10:26
Mile 8 - 10:22
Mile 9 - 10:51
Mile 10 - 10:05
Mile 11 - 10:13
Mile 12 - 10:25
Mile 13 - 9:38
Mile 13.1 - 9:20
But at least we got to see something in Boise!
Arrived at the airport in plenty of time to grab a burger, and our on-time flight left at 1:35.
Now that I am home, can you believe that NOTHING WENT WRONG????