Race Report: Half Marathon #3 for 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I had a good day, not great, but I met my goals of finishing without injury & having fun. My time was 2:08 which is the slowest Iíve run in the past year. My weight has everything to do with my speed. I know if I lose enough to get back to my weight last summer when I ran my PR, then, with the right training, I can run faster again.
I was very happy that I could pick up my packet on race day to save myself an extra drive to the race site, 50 miles away. I left the house the morning of the race at 5 so I could arrive around 6. I couldn't clearly read the directional signs about parking, so ended up in VIP parking by mistake (they never checked anything, just waved me in). I didn't complain as I was close to everything! An outstanding feAture of this race was that I never had to wait in line for the port-a-potty.
Since I was so close, I hung out near the car, which was especially nice because it was chilly in the wind & I could sit in the car & keep my jacket on until the last minute. When it was time for the HM runners to get into the chute I ate a couple of dates as I walked over. It was a nice sized crowd, enough to produce a buzz & generate energy, but not a crushing mass.
This was a race to raise funds to support research focused on pediatric cancer, so the the various teams & pre-race speakers were quite inspiring.
I was glad to get moving so I could warm up when the gun went off. The course started on the streets and the traffic control & directional signs were excellent. The mile-markers were clear and they had lots of water/fueling stations (really more than needed, but thatís good). Runners had lots of other support, too--volunteers all along the course, plus families & friends cheering every on.
For the first few miles, I paced myself behind a young woman who seemed to be on a marathon training run that day, as her pace matched mine and it was obvious she was fit enough to go much faster. I ended up passing her, but thought she must be right behind me, and when I slowed down some after the 10-mile mark indeed she was and took off, passing me at her constant pace.
After the first couple of miles on streets, we transitioned onto bicycle paths through some lovely arroyos and sagebrush natural areas. The course was relatively flat, with only a few gentle hills. I brought my sunglasses just in case, but never needed them until the race was over. The weather stayed overcast & breezy, with temps 58-62. The breeze kept me from getting overheated, even though Iíd opted to wear a sleeveless top I was very comfortable.
I considered this a relaxed run. I wasnít going to push myself very hard as I knew I wasnít going to get a fantastic time anyway. I remember thinking in the last couple of miles that if I thought there was a chance Iíd break 2 hours I would have really kicked it, but it was nice to just run and enjoy running without traffic worries and with the energy of other runners.
So I met all of my goals for the race and have started to think of when Iíll run another! Thereís actually one on Memorial Day I ran last year. I found out that if I finish both of these races I would get a third ďMarathon in MayĒ medal for having run the two halves. Hmmm...that sounds like fun!