Ok.... I did run for about 60 seconds yesterday (10 second intervals) to see if I could jog pain free. I could. But I didn't want to run any longer to do more damage.
Anyway, let's get on to the recap.
Parks Half Marathon - September 7thThe Race
I had heard great things about this race after a few co-workers did it last year. One of the biggest draws was the food. Apparently you are offered more than enough at the finish line. That was good enough motivation for Tom and I to sign up!
The race started at 7:00 am, which meant that we were parked and walking to the start area by 6:15. The morning was somewhat cool, but not cold enough to need a long sleeve. I have really enjoyed the warmer race starts down here compared to running in Vermont. It makes life a little easier.
The gun went off and there was a mini incline to get out of the starting area before we were on a stretch of road. I listened for a few minutes while a bunch of older men bashed each other for a mile - clearly they were training buddies that wanted to give each other a hard time.
A few women passed me during the first mile, but I stayed true to my pace. I did not want to go out too fast and was hoping for around a 6:45.
After mile 2 I caught up with a man that refused to be passed by a woman (me). We played cat and mouse until mile 4, when a hill was too much for him. Advice: Sprinting early in a race to prevent being passed is a very bad idea, and that man learned it.
I passed quite a few men during the second half of the race and caught up to some of those females that passed me during the first mile. My goal during this part was to go with whoever passed me, rather than let them run by. Sometimes I "fall asleep" while running, meaning that I get in a comfort zone and turn off my brain, so this was one way to keep my mind focused during the race.
The race course was absolutely beautiful. We ran on bike path for the entire way, in and out of neighborhoods, and with few spectators (my ideal race). The only hard part came around mile 11. We had an incline to go up and it was the most difficult thing for me. I say incline, because it really was not a hill. But the pace I had been going meant that my legs were more tired.
0:51 for last 0.1
Final Time: 1:28:47
3rd in Age Group
Tom got an official PR in the race as well! He used it as a tune-up race for his marathon in November. He hasn't done a lot of races, so it was helpful to do some this summer to get back into them. Can I just say that I'm always insanely jealous of his photos and his good form. :)
Thoughts on the race:
- Beautiful course.
- Start time seemed early when I woke up but was actually perfect. It was awesome to be done by 8:30 am.
- The food - OH MY! Pizza, subs, pasta, and the regular running food you'd expect. There is more than you can handle.
- Free photos - how awesome!
- There were a few entertainers along the course that made it fun including a piano man and a superhero man blasting his tunes.
- I would definitely do it again!