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Race Report: Half Marathon #5 for 2012

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I ran this race (Santa Clarita Half-Marathon) last year and today. The weather was the complete opposite. Instead of steady rain & in the 40s-50s F we had plentiful sunshine and temps rising from 50 to 70 F over the course of the race.

Like last year, I am still above the weight I prefer to be for racing (157 lbs this morning), but have concentrated on training vigorously the past month so felt in good shape to meet the demands.

The half-marathoners run with the full marathoners and the 5K folks run a completely separate course which I really like. I had an easy plan for what to wear since the weather today is similar to many days in the past few weeks, sunny and the high predicted for the 90s. I think the full marathoners probably had a rough 2nd half, depending on how much shade they had. One cool thing was that a number of marathoners who had trained for NY ended up coming to this one.

There was enough of a breeze I never got overheated. I wore my running skirt and sleeveless top. I carried only my car key in one pocket and my iPhone in my other pocket.

Because I over-ate yesterday I was a bit concerned that Iíd have GI issues, but lucked out. I was glad I hydrated well yesterday as I felt dry during the race. Before I left home I had a mug of ginger tea, then some hot water, plus a pint of room temp water. I ate two dates about 30 minutes before the race. I had a little water at about the halfway point then a little Gatorade at the station just before the 8-mile marker.

I tried not go too fast at the start and managed to average about a 9:15 pace over the first 5.5 miles. I ended up with a 9:39 pace (2:06:18), which I thought was pretty good considering my 10K last week was at 9:36. I had enough energy at the end to kick it and pass several runners, including a couple of female competitors close to my own age (57).

The first half of the course runs alternately on city streets & bike paths. The second half is almost exclusively all along bike paths. The arroyos and hills are beautiful and the aroma of the vegetation energizing. Itís a relatively flat course, but a few gentle rises to give some variety.

I will probably run this race again next year, as I like the course, itís conveniently timed a week after my annual 10K LA Cancer Challenge, and itís just a great well-organized race.

My next race Iím actually registered for is March 31st (RnR Half in Lexington KY) but now Iím looking at adding a couple of others to keep my in shape over the winter, maybe one on 6 January and another on 17 February.a
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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 8:28AM

    Wow, nicely done!

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CORNERKICK 11/7/2012 12:16AM

  You rock...Congratulations!!

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NICKI109 11/5/2012 7:27AM

    YEAH!! Sounds like such a beautiful course, made me want to run it with you! Glad to hear you had such a nice run, and a great time as well. Congrats and on to the next race!!!!

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BARBIE176 11/4/2012 8:54PM

    emoticon so glad you had such a great run! I am very impressed with all of the races you participate in! Keep up the emoticon job! emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/4/2012 7:59PM

    Congrats on your race you are one in shape gal. and I am proud of you.

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WINDSURFNERD 11/4/2012 7:19PM

    Wow, 2:06 that's awesome congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 11/4/2012 6:12PM

    Never heard of anyone drinking so much water before the race and so little during. Is this your own invention or did you get this idea from someone else? I'd like to read more about it.

By the way, you mentioned the predicted high of 90s (ouch!) but I assume the race was in the morning when it was cooler. What was the temp range during the race?

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TUFFYBIRD 11/4/2012 4:50PM

    Way to go!!!

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COOP9002 11/4/2012 4:50PM

    Glad you had a little better weather this year. Nice job on getting it done.

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