Half Marathon #137
Colorado Half #70
Weather - sunny and warm
The Arvada Harvest half marathon was a free race for me. After we got rained out of our half marathon back in May, we were given a free entry for any race in the series. I had run this race before, although it was under a different name - a 9/11 remembrance run and a bit of a different course) .
Since the race didn't start until 8 I didn't have a super early wake up. I dropped A off at my parents house around 7, parked, and walked a few blocks to the start to get my bib. By the time I cycled through the bathroom line it was time to go.
The race was delayed about 10 minutes because of traffic issues (the first 3 miles of the course is actually on the main street of the harvest festival parade).
After not having run all week, I wasn't surprised that I immediately felt tired and run down. I took quite a few walk breaks very early on. This was going to be a long and hot day.
The first part of the course is on Ralston road, then moves onto the Ralston Creek trail:
And finally middle part of the course turned onto the Clear Creek trail, which I have run many times for training. It was really not and my stomach was feeling off. I had to use the bathroom around mile 5 or 6, and actually had a runner break in while I was pulling my skirt up! Not comforting that locked doesn't really mean locked? I mean, wtf.
Being familiar with the course I knew that it was a gradual uphill on the way out and hoped I would feel better after using the bathroom and after the turnaround. I did feel a bit better, but it still felt harder than it should. The last quarter mile or so was uphill and I walked until I saw the finish banner.
Not the best day of my life.
Overall Place - 84/116
Gender Place - 52/78
Division Place - 24/33
Garmin Time - 2:27:32
Mile 1 - 11:31
Mile 2 - 11:13
Mile 3 - 10:41
Mile 4 - 11:10
Mile 5 - 11:07
Mile 6 - 13:50 (bathroom)
Mile 7 - 11:22
Mile 8 - 11:35
Mile 9 - 10:41
Mile 10 - 10:33
Mile 11 - 10:44
Mile 12 - 11:13
Mile 13 - 11:30
Mile 13.1 - 9:00
As I was walking back to the car I found the finish area. They had a keg of Colorado Native beer, so I grabbed a cup.
- A well-marked race. Just not my favorite as I've run this a lot of times and found it boring.
- Very small, just over 100 runners. Other than the first 3 miles that are on road, this is all on bike path and there were no spectators.
- Quite a few aid stations, all with electrolytes and water, and I believe some had gels (although I had brought my own).
- Honestly don't remember what the shirt looked like since I didn't take one.
- Can't speak for the price because I didn't pay for it, but this group has a lot of specials and I don't think it was that expensive.
- Decent medal.
- GREAT finish area with an awesome local craft beer.
- If you haven't ever run this part of town, this is a good one to try out. I likely would not run again as there are a ton of races in September that I haven't run yet.