First things first, I ran a sub 2:15 Half Marathon!!! I was beyond excited when I crossed the finish line!
This morning I ran my second half marathon, the first was the 2011 Shanghai Half. Kyle & I woke up nice and early this morning to drive down to Birch Bay. It was our first time to the ocean town.
The lovely Birch Bay.
Kyle was half asleep when we arrived at the starting line!
My hopeful splits…
Ready to get my Harry Potter on!
Mile 5 Aid Station
Mile 10 ~ after a solid 90minutes of pouring rain my body was freezing, especially my hands. Thankfully, my dearest hushand brought me my mittens!
Almost to the finish line! The lady running next to me kept me motivated to finish strong!
Check it out, it’s the Marathon Man! I got to met him just before the race (photo here on his blog). Kyle snapped this photo of him. If you haven’t check out his journey, you should!
The plan was: Miles 1-5 @ 10:30 pace, Miles 6-10 @ 10:00 pace, & Miles 11 – 13.1 @ 9:30. I did not actually practice running these splits so I was pretty happy with the outcome!
Of course the sun comes out just as I came near the finish line:)
My cheerleader/photographer/chauffeur!!! I am a lucky lady!
Prior to running the race I tried to find some race reviews from the past few years. Overall, it seemed like it would be a pretty low key race and runners should come prepared with their own hydration & nutrition.
Here’s my review…
The Course: I really enjoyed the course. It was quite flat, expect for a large hill at miles 6.5-8. And the scenery around the bay was stunning. Since there were only about 300 runners running on open roads did not cause any issues. All the race staff & volunteers did a great job. I only wish there would have been a banner over the start & finish lines.
The Weather: Rain, Rain, Rain! I was not expecting it to rain. After looking at a few different weather sites I decided to leave my rain jacket at home and run in shorts & my windbreaker. Well, I was wrong! It poured for a solid 90 minutes! I was soaked from head to toe. My legs were frozen and since I was wearing shorts started to get a little bit irritated. I guess I should have known it would rain because a few days ago the race director emailed out that it has never rained in 44 runnings… Never say never. Haha! Oh well, that’s life.
The Aid Stations: After reading reviews I had very low expectations and packed my own Hammer Gels (apple cinnamon is my fav) . There were stations at miles: 3, 5, 7, 10. Each had water & gatorade but I did not see any Gels (although the race information page said there would be GU and I saw a huge box of them at the packet pick up). I ended up eating one gel at mile 8.
Overall I had a really great race experience. Usually, I prefer a larger race scene but I actually really enjoyed the smaller turn out. Though, I probably would not do a full this small. Honestly, for $40 I really could not have asked for a better event!
My suggestions: make sure there are actually gels & have a bit more of a bang at the start and finish. Other than that I have no real complaints.