My turn! 🙂
I usually give a mile-by mile recap, but naturally my Garmin would not allow that to happen. My race vanished. I was/am so sad about that, because I wanted to really look at my HR! I know it was nowhere near race pace, but the final 200 yards or so was…and I felt like crap! I just wanted to know how high I got it. Oh well, maybe next time!
As you already read in Andi’s recap; the weather was less than enjoyable to say the least. I know, we live in Michigan and it is almost February, but the day before the race was nice and mild and snow-free! We should have known better!
The first mile was deceiving. It was on a paved road. That was the last of that ( until the end as it was an out and back race). We were probably on mile 2 or so when the lead runners for the 5k were coming back. The crazy leader of the pack was in shorts and had no shirt on. What an
idiot show-off! 🙂 I wondered if he lost a bet or something?
It was pretty soon that we realized this would be a training run and not a race. It just so happens that for our full marathon training we should be at 13 miles. It all worked out. If I recall correctly mile 5-6 is when one of the first horrible wind gusts started. It was the kind that took your breath away. I do remember grunting a lot during this race. It seemed to help for some reason. 🙂 Miles 6-7 were bad as well, but as we got closer to the turn around everyone kept telling us “It gets better!” They were not lying. As soon as we turned around the wind stopped, the snow seemed to stop and my face thawed instantly. It was awesome. I think we actually sped up a tiny bit ( I don’t have the proof so just take my word for it) 😉 We were all very talkative, but not for long! After we turned left onto mile 8 – the fun started again. Hello wind! Andi and I decided to fuel with an FRS chew here.
I am very lucky that Andi decided to stick with me too. As you might know, I have poor circulation and my hands were basically frozen even before the race started. There was no way I was going to be able to open up the FRS or even get it out of my pocket. So, here is a public “Thank You” to Andi for opening and then feeding me the chew! So what she almost jammed her nail though my cheek? 😉
I think that we tried to pick up the pace for the last 2-3 miles because it was cold, it was a race and we were on pavement that was not covered in ice. Our plan was to cross the finish line together. It was a narrow finish line, so I have no idea why the dude in front of me stopped to walk. The race was not even over yet, but he stopped to walk it in I guess. Ugh! I had to pull away from Andi or risk injury. Either to myself or to the walker. All in all I think it was a hard- core, fun, tough, unpredictable and well run half marathon and a great way to kick off the season. We can only get better from here..right?!?! 🙂
Age group 29-34
5th place out of 11
Final time: 2:12:35.36
Andi left me with this picture to post..the outtake!