Packet pickup was well organized, I was early so I had a lot of time to kill. I ended up waiting in my car to catch a few winks, and about a half hour before the race I went on a quick warm-up run.
|Skeleton Skamper Race Bib #1042. Ironically enough, I had ordered from their advertiser the previous week.|
|Awesome glow-in-the-dark shirt that is too small for me (Accidentally ordered a Medium)|
I needed a few days to think about my feelings on my first official Half-Marathon. I'll start by saying that I didn't do as well as I wanted, but I'm glad I did it and wouldn't change a thing. I'm disappointed in the fact that I did what I said I wouldn't do on race day.
I got caught up in the beginning of the race go-getters and ran my first mile in 8:21, and the next 3 miles well under 9:00 minutes each. When I was at the starting line I promised myself that if I felt good, I wouldn't focus on my pace by checking it every mile. I didn't look at my GPS watch until about 4 miles in and that's when I realized I started way too fast. I knew my 4 mile time should have been around 36:00 if I wanted to finish under 2 hours. When I was 1:30 below that, I knew I was going to hit the wall near the 10 mile mark. According the the pace chart, I hit the dreaded wall and slowed down a lot.
The course had far more hills than expected sine the site said it was a really flat course. I'm glad they didn't have us run over any train tracks.
I stopped a few times to stretch my legs and eat some Gu Chomps energy gels. Those helped, but I found the energy was short lived so I may have a bit to learn about that.
I'm pretty sure I'll be running this race every year as a celebration of my first half-marathon ever.