Saturday, December 2
Half Marathon #194
Weather - Chilly, but sunny
If you have been reading a while, you know this blog started because I was racing half marathons in every state. It has/had always been my "favorite" race distance. No matter the level of training I am at, it's always "doable." With that said, I have hardly done ANY in the last 4-5 years as I've graduated into the 200 mile distance (which typically requires my long runs to be even longer than 13 miles). I've only done NINE since the start of 2019. So while I run 13.1+ regular, this would be my 10th "official" half in 5 years! While I have no real goals, I do eventually want to hit 200 lifetime half marathons.
I planned to wake up at 6:15. Christina and Lisa both woke up well before then, and with paper thin walls, I woke up as well, but I was able to go back to sleep. I had re-packed my bag the night before, so really all I had to do was get dressed and braid my hair. It looked like it was going to be a nice day from our hotel room:
We started right at 8, and I was in the back with everyone else. I took the early lead, as it was a fairly runnable start at the beginning. Paved to get out of the park area, and then a wide, non-technical trail. Lisa and Janet passed me somewhere in the first mile.
I got back to the aid station just in time for Janet to head out. I grabbed a small piece of chocolate chip pumpkin bread and a swig of coke (plus an applesauce for later) and headed out.
The climb back didn't seem as long, and I warmed up quickly in the sun. I passed Janet towards the top and took my jacket off as planned right before hitting the summit. I absolutely BOMBED the downhills. There weren't a ton of people in this pace group, but I passed probably a half dozen people. I was REALLY shocked to see some miles starting with an 8. Yes, it was icy and some technical spots, but I felt good and I pushed. It was relatively shocking how fast I got back to the other aid station (which again, I did not stop at).
Then I arrived at the single track section - my legs were a bit toast from bombing the downhills. I still did a pretty steady run/walk on the climbs.
The last few miles were definitely warm and I ran everything I could. I was grouped with a few other people and am happy to say that I managed to stay ahead of all of them!
|Not shown - my amazing shorts :(|
I crossed the line and got my medal (no pic, but if I remember, I'll add later).
Official time - 2:58:07
Overall Place - 64/106 (plus, "beat" everyone in our group!)
Division Place - 27/51
Elevation Gain - 2,582'
Garmin Time - 2:57:56
Garmin Distance - 13.31 miles
Garmin Pace - 13:22
Mile 1 - 14:27
Mile 2 - 15:21
Mile 3 - 13:56
Mile 4 - 17:18
Mile 5 - 18:22
Mile 6 - 15:12 (bathroom)
Mile 7 - 14:06
Mile 8 - 14:14
Mile 9 - 8:39 (wooo)
Mile 10 - 8:42 (wooo)
Mile 11 - 13:21
Mile 12 - 10:49
Mile 13 - 11:26
Mile 13.31 9:05 pace
|This was exciting to see! (Probably just the PR for this watch, which I haven't had all that long)|
|This 2 mile, PR, however, is probably legit since I started Strava, which I *think* was 2014??|
I haven't been running fast since probably 2010-2012, so this was fun to see
Christina crossed a few minutes after Lisa, and we had a good amount of time to wait for Susan and Alison. While we were waiting for them, Christina had to head out to relieve her husband of childcare duties.
We got a group picture after they crossed and basically disbanded right after. Coldest I have been in a long time!
- Semi-expensive event. I paid $100 back in September.
- Swag is good - poly/cotton blend shirt, boco fleece-lined hat (I will actually wear again), wooden medal and a HUGE bag of protein powder.
- Course was very well marked. The lower trails had quite a bit of flagging at turns, and "wrong way" signs.
- Aid stations seemed fine, although I only stopped at the one at the turnaround. I used my Salomon vest, and with it being colder, my two flasks were plenty to hydrate.
Probably would not run this again due to the cost and distance from home, but in my quest to get to 200 half marathons, it was fun to run something different and challenging.