I live about 3 miles from this race and last year I was running the 10K and left 2 hours early and made it to the start line with about 30 seconds before the gun went off. Terrible parking, no shuttle busses and my Garmin said I walked 1.5 miles before getting to the start line and 1.5 back to car. Little over 9 miles for someone prepared for 6.2, lol.
This will be the 1st year I try the 1/2. First 1/2, too. I was reading they changed the course for the 1/2 and the big hill in the first couple of miles is gone! That dang thing has gotten the best of me for 2 years. The 10K goes that way as does the marathon.
Would be great to meet some fellow Sparkers this year!
BTW, I have used my iPod for both 10K's and the 5K's. No one says anything. At least not that I have heard. I only use 1 ear bud also.
Edited by: JONAHSADIE at: 4/8/2011 (10:16)
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If it says they are discouraged, I am still using mine as I need my music also. I always keep my right ear uncovered so I can listen to everything going on around me. Good, bad or indifferent unless they say NO HEADPHONES I will use mine. In fact, if there is ever a race that sayd NO I will not run it.
I have a newbie question -- when it says headsets are discouraged.....does that really mean no MP3 players? or is just one of those things they would rather you not have them but if you do they won't turn you away? I've never run without my music......little anxiety brewing at the thought of not having my tunes to help drive me......
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I did this race last year and I have one piece of advice, leave extremely early. The airforce may be able to land planes but they can not park cars to save their lives. The 1/2 starts after the full and some of the runners were getting out of their cars on the road and running 4 to 5 miles to the start.
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I am running and in fact already registered for the USAF HM!!!!!!!!!! By then it will be HM #6 for me so this is starting to become routine for me. However, I am finding so far that no two races are the same. See you in Dayton and GOOD LUCK!!
Hi there! I've only been running since June 2010 and I have done 2 5K's (with more on the schedule, along with a 10K and a few 5 M). My son and hubby are totally geeked out by the idea of the Air Force races. Is it totally absurd to think I can train and be ready for a Half Marathon in September. I feel like if I do the run-walk I can TOTALLY make it (not sure I would set out to just run the whole deal).....there's a 6 hour time limit......I think (hope) I could do it in 3-3 1/2.....
Those of you with more experience....any suggestions, observations.....please share your wisdom:):)....
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