Hungry Duck Run Half Marathon
July 4, 2016
Temp: Mid 60s at the start, high 70s by the end
What I wore: hat, tank top, a Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra, Features socks, and Altra One 2.5
I have to admit that I wasn’t very excited to be running this race. I’ve learned over the course of many half marathons that in teeny tiny races like the Hungry Duck Run (especially when they offer a shorter distance too), I’m going to be nearly last and I’ll be running mostly by myself. But I needed Michigan and this was the only race available while we were in town.
The race took place in the town of Brighton, which had a fabulous brewpub (Draught Horse brewing). That alone made it worth running LOL.
Unfortunately, Shoo had a super rough night (we think maybe dehydration), so I got basically no sleep the night before the race. Luckily, as with most small town races, I found that getting to the race was easy. I parked at the local high school and caught a shuttle to the start with plenty of time to use the portapotties and chill.
The race started right on time and I started out way too fast. It’s hard with these kind of races because you want to stay with the pack, but the pack is fast. I ended up running sub-30 for the first 5k, not exactly the brightest choice on a hilly, hot half marathon. At one point in mile 2, we did a small out and back and I discovered there were only 16 people behind me. I made it my goal to finish with at least 10 behind me, which was totally arbitrary, but gave me a reason to keep pushing.
The rest of the race can basically be described this way: hills, more hills, gravel road, gravel road with hills, more hills, am I lost?, oh, and look a final hill into the finish. I’ve never been so happy to see a finish line. I haven’t walked in the last quarter mile of a race in a long time, but I definitely did in this one. Yeah, it was that hard. I consider it a huge victory that I finished with 17 people behind me.
- The race was well organized and had zero glitches.
- The price was right – I think it cost me $40 and included a medal and shirt.
- I bought a super cute hat for $5!
- Lots of friendly people.
- It was pretty warm.
- I felt pretty lonely for most of the race and a few times I wondered if I’d wandered off course. (I hadn’t all the turns were really well marked and staffed with volunteers.)
- The hills. OMG, the hills.
Would I run the Hungry Duck Run again?
Probably not. It was fine, just a typical small town race. Great if you are from there or need a race, but not one I’d go out of my way to run again.
32 states (plus DC) done on my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states! 21 of 23 states done in my journey to Mercury!
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