UC Half Marathon
March 19, 2016
Temp: mid 40s to low 50s and cloudy
What I wore: hat, short sleeve shirt, half zip, Brooks Nightlife Jacket, Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt,
compression socks, and my Altra Ones.
After my race last week at RNR DC, I was a little worried that my body would not want to perform. I hadn’t run a lot of long runs recently and I certainly hadn’t done two in 8 days in a while. Add in a crappy weather forecast plus that fact that I already had a West Virginia race and I wasn’t actually excited to run. But, I figured we’d driven 5 hours for the race, I might as well run.
Saturday morning dawned rainy and chilly, but the radar made me hopeful that I would be running in a constant downpour. In fact, we got really lucky and the rain moved out just before the race. We got a few sprinkles here and there throughout, but nothing significant.
Because it was a super small race (150 participants) I opted to go out a little bit faster than the previous week. Why? Well, in these smaller races where a shorter distance is offered, it seems like mostly the fast kids run the longer distance. Case in point: at RNRDC, with 2:18:42, I was right smack in the middle of the pack. Going by the 2015 results for UC Half Marathon, I was going to be in the bottom 10%.
This was a two loop course, so I mentally split it into pieces and just tried to hang on to my pace. As it turned out my laps were all over the place for the first 10 miles. I had a couple of miles below a 10:10 pace, a few between 10:10 and 10:20, and the rest just under 10:30. Unlike DC where I started slow, I was pretty wiped by mile 11. I’m sure it was a combination of starting faster and having run another half marathon the previous week. Mile 12 was my slowest at 10:42, but I managed to dig deep in mile 13 and pull out a 10:25. But when I crossed the finish line, I was wiped. I had nothing left. It was quite a different feel than the week before.
- Because this race was so small, there were absolutely no logistical issues. Packet pickup was easy, parking was easy, etc.
- Indoor bathrooms. Let me say that again: indoor bathrooms.
- We were able to wait inside one of the warm university buildings. I walked out mere minutes before the race started.
- Plenty of water/Gatorade stops.
- The medal is quite unique.
- The race shirt is a long sleeve tech shirt (I still didn’t wear it during the race.)
- Because the race was so small, I pretty much ran the whole thing by myself.
- Running the last 3 miles on super tired legs.
- Running faster than the week before, but still being in the bottom 10% LOL.
Would I do it again?
If I lived near it, I’d probably do it every year. The UC Half Marathon is a well organized small town race. Coming from the land of the huge races, I really enjoy the change of pace. I highly recommend hitting small town races when the opportunity arrives. If you are fast, you just might win an age group. If not, you still get the fun of seeing a small town on foot.
This was race #9 on my trip to Mercury and, after some crazy schedule finagling this weekend, it looks like I’m still on track to get there.
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