3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.) 2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50 (Recovering from a cold and wet day.)
Lots of good advice below, and I'd add that you'll do yourself a huge favor by putting vaseline on your feet before the race begins. Wet sloshy shoes are an enemy to long miles, and vaseline is your shield!
That, and a baseball-style cap with a deep visor brim to keep rain off my face, helped make my first HM survivable and FUN.
Good luck! Smack it down, and know that if you can run 13.1 in this weather, you can run in just about anything!
A windbreaker will definitely help. Make sure you have a hat with a brim to keep the rain out of your eyes. If you can find one that has flaps for your ears, that will be a bonus. I've had sideways rain in the ears and it's not at all pleasant. It hurts when it's coming down hard, and I've even had it fill my ears with water. Of course, we're talking South Florida afternoon monsoon-type rain.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Oh boy! This HM race on Saturday was already going to be tough for me due to some weight gain and reoccurring chronic injuries, but now add wind, cold and rain. And I am not just talking a little wind! The course is right along the lake, (next to Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vermont) and even on a normal day there is some wind. However, when the forecast calls for wind and rain, the rain will come sideways at us and the wind will be howling.
If I can get through this upcoming Half Marathon, it will be a huge accomplishment and one that I can be very proud of!
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