Loudoun Half Marathon and 8K
April 17, 2016
Temp:mid 40s at the start going up to low 60s by the end
What I wore: hat, short sleeve shirt, arm warmers, Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt, compression socks, and my Altra One 2.5.
I’m a teeny tiny bit burned out on racing right now. Physically, I’m fine, but every time I finish a race, I realize I have another one right around the corner. I did this once before and said never again, but…
I also was not really excited that this was race #50. I had originally planned for that to happen at a Mainly Marathons race, but I needed to get these races done before it gets too warm. I was kind of sad that despite it being a “local” race, no one I knew was running. Add in the fact that it was a Sunday race and I had to get Shoo to a game and it was all kind of anti-climactic.
Oh well. I put on my big girl panties and did it. And it was actually a really good race. I did packet pickup on the morning of the race, so I arrived really early. Parking was a breeze, packet pickup was simple, and we had access to a big indoor bathroom at the high school. Then it was go time! I think there were about 500 people or so and I started about the middle of the pack. I started nice and slow and just warmed up in the first mile. I thought the course was supposed to be super hilly, but it was mostly just gentle rollers (my favorite!) for the first half. I ran easy, but found my pace was a bit faster than the previous weekend. I was feeling pretty good as we hit the halfway point and continued to run strong, even through mile 8 which had the worst hills of the race. The remainder of the race was hillier than the first half, but totally manageable. With one mile to go, I realized I was likely to beat my previous week’s time, so I really picked it up. I was shocked when I realized I’d knocked another two minutes off my time!
- The logistics, including picking up my bib before the race, went smoothly.
- I sat in my warm car until right before the start.
- They had Gatorade at most of the water stops and gummy bears at one of the later ones (I think they also had GU and mini-cliff bars, but I liked the bears.)
- The medal is cute and unique.
- The t-shirt is a women’s cut and color (they had different shirts for the men) and it goes with several of my skirts.
- I ran into another MRTT runner from a chapter I belong to and got to chat at the start.\
- The food at the finish was plentiful: water, Gatorade, bagels, chips, gummy bears, and pizza.
- It warmed up near the end, so I was pretty well covered with salt.
- The hills in mile 8 were no joke!
Would I do it again?
Probably not – it’s just far enough away and expensive enough to not make it a “do again”, but the race itself was lovely. Part was on the W&OD trail and the rest was through neighborhoods. The scenery and cheering were nothing like a big city race, but there were enough people running and really enthusiastic volunteers that I was never by myself. If I lived out in that area, I’d definitely run it every year.
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