This Sunday I ran a half marathon, the Inaugural Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Half Marathon. It was the first year of the race (thus the name) and the start and finish line were within walking distance from my apartment. How could I say no?
Leading up to race week I was less than ecstatic. My left foot was still sore from hiking/rolling it a few weeks ago (whoops!) and the weather was looking HOT.
That being said, it ended up being a pretty good race! The heat held off until the afternoon (it was low-70s instead of mid-80s!) and my foot only hurt the first few miles. So how else did it go?
First, the good news. I PR’d! I took two minutes off my time since the May half marathon I ran – my best time now is about 1:55 …
Now, overall thoughts on the race.
The fuel: There were water stops every two miles on the course and TWO fuel packet (Carb boom!) stops. I was able to grab water nearly every stop without a problem AND the people who were volunteering to hand out water were so helpful and cheerful! There weren’t many crowds on the course, but the people handing out water and Carb Boom were great motivation. Thank you!
Well-organized: While I didn’t hear from the race folks until the Thursday before the race (and yes, I was a little worried), the packet pickup and race day events went very smooth. The porta potty lines at the start were very quick (always appreciated!!).
The course: The course was relatively flat – which was great! It had a few minor hills (two in the beginning and 2 semi hills in the end), but elevation was probably the flattest of any half marathon I’ve ever run. So it was very PR friendly 🙂
The course: I know, I said I liked the course above. Forgive me, I’m fickle. I found the last 4 or so miles of the course awful, mentally. It was all one straight away (I do better on courses where there are a few turns I can look forward to), all black top, and no shade. Thank goodness it didn’t hit 80s until later in the day, but I was hot and bored.
The crowds: There weren’t many people out watching during the race. I know this isn’t the fault of the race organizers, but it would’ve been nice to have more people watching and cheering us on. I am so grateful that B and Nicole were out at 2 spots plus the finish line cheering us on!
Race entertainment: I was hoping for a band along the course or something – but besides the water stops (which, as I said above, were plentiful and cheerful!), there was nothing. And I’m spoiled with bands and music and cheering from other races, so I missed that during this course.
My stomach: Okay, this is all me. I’ve never ever had problems with my stomach during a long run or race before. I know, I must have jinxed it. But I felt sick from miles 10 on. I started feeling icky a little before, so I tried taking some new fuel (I know, a race day no-no) – Honey Stingers Chocolate with Caffeine Gel – and I’m not sure if that’s why, but after that point I didn’t feel any better. I was tired, thirsty, and for the last mile or so, nauseous. 😦
I don’t have another half marathon in my sights anytime soon – I’m tooling with a November race, but haven’t signed up yet. After feeling ill the last few miles, it’s hard to get myself to register. It took me some time to be able to eat normal food again.
Some questions for you:
- What is the last race you PR’d in? What’s next in your sights?
- Do you feel sick during long runs? What’s the cause/cure?
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CONGRATS on your PR! That is so exciting! That looks like such a fun race!
Congrats on a fabulous time!!! I would love to PR in NYCM this November, but my last PR came in Chicago last year. We will see… usually if I get sick during long runs its either because of Crohn’s or because I’m far too dehydrated. I like to take in SMALL amounts of water during my long runs instead of waiting until I feel thirsty. Taking in too much fuel at one time never works well for me…
Good luck in New York! I’ve always said that if I do a marathon someday, I would love to do that one. I trained for Cleveland, but didn’t make it that day.
I PR’d with this race too, by 33 seconds from my half in May. I was also SUPER nervous when I didn’t hear from the race organizers until Thursday night because I was traveling in from out-of-town — but especially because it was an inaugural race!
I’m glad that I had a great random group of people that I ran with at different portions of the race; otherwise, I probably would have been bored and struggled mentally. That said, the crowds during the Pittsburgh Half *really* drained me out mentally, so I was kinda excited about the lack of crowds. 🙂
Good job on your PR!!!
Wow! I’m just catching up with your blog and all of your fab eats and running. 1:55 is a great time and you should be very proud!! Keep rocking it!