5ks and 10ks are fun (in a painful kind of way) but my true love is the 1/2 marathon. I think it is the perfect race for me because it takes me about 6 miles to truly feel warmed up (I am a distance girl…sprinting is not my thang… I have been saying thang a little too much lately) and the recovery time after a 1/2 marathon is way faster than the recovery from the marathon (I still love the marathon though).
The race started right on time (8 a.m.) and it started with downhill. This was very nice because I always feel kind of weird in the very beginning of a race so going downhill felt like a really nice way to ease myself into starting 13.1 miles.
Once again my goal was to just run with people and get an awesome workout. I really have a thing for running with people. It is almost an obsession. I was able to spend most of the race with SR and then some with Kristin!
We ran through the town for a few miles before heading into the residential area and with plenty of turns and changes in scenery I was entertained the entire course.
Someone gave me some Twizzlers at mile 5 and they were awesome (and delicious) because I forgot to bring fuel with me. I had gatorade at all of the aid stations.
I loved that they had a race clock at the mile markers.
Don’t tell my coach but I was definitely displaying some awesome chicken wing arms throughout the course. Oops.
Most of the race had rolling hills. My buns were feeling it but I am glad I finally got some hill training in. The volunteers were really nice, the course was marked perfectly, the scenery was gorgeous and the weather was awesome. The race was perfect… my only complaint (and it is kind of silly) was that the bag check was kind of far from the starting line and we barely made it back in time for the race to start (obviously partly our fault).
Official time: 1:34:24. Average pace: 7:12.
The finish line was right in front of the Steel Stacks. Something else that I loved about this race was that there was a huge (heated) building right next to the finish line and everyone was allowed inside to enjoy the warmth, buy food or use the restrooms. This was so nice as a runner because it was cold outside (once you stopped running) and it allowed spectators a chance to go inside and warm up etc.
We planned to all wear blue. Okay, we didn’t but that would have been cool.
Hung out with Summer Sanders again (maybe I will stop talking about her eventually).
Random but SR was having the craziest calf cramps after the race… ever had those before?
I ate some snacks at the finish line and after a quick shower we (roomies and Linda) made our way to a salad bar because a big salad sounded amazing. They even brought out huge platter plates instead of the little salad bar plates.
Our shuttle came to pick us up and the driver asked if we wanted to stop anywhere on the way to the airport. Why yes. Yes we do.
And a few hours later I was in the airport eating pizza and salad followed by some more snacks on the airplane.
Pennsylvania, I will be back again next year to run the Hat Trick. I liked you too much to not do these races again. Turns out Runner’s World knows how to put on a good race.
Absolute favorite race distance and why?
Ever used candy during a race for fuel?
Favorite post race meal?
What is your goal for your next race?
I am just going to have to ask 5 questions today because I have a lot to talk to you about. Favorite pizza toppings lately?