Race Recap: Birch Bay Half Marathon

First things first, I ran a sub 2:15 Half Marathon!!! I was beyond excited when I crossed the finish line!

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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.

Pre-Race

Birch Bay Panorama

The lovely Birch Bay.

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Kyle was half asleep when we arrived at the starting line!

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My hopeful splits…

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Ready to get my Harry Potter on!

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The Race

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Mile 3ish

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Mile 5 Aid Station

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Mile 10 ~ after a solid 90minutes of pouring rain my body was freezing, especially my hands.  Thankfully, my dearest hushand brought me my mittens!

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Almost to the finish line! The lady running next to me kept me motivated to finish strong!

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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!

My Splits

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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!

Post race

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Of course the sun comes out just as I came near the finish line:)

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My cheerleader/photographer/chauffeur!!! I am a lucky lady!

The Gear

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The Recap

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…

Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 8.29.38 PMThe 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.

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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.

hammer gelThe 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.

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8 responses to “Race Recap: Birch Bay Half Marathon

  1. Oh wow! That looks beautiful! I didn’t know that race was this weekend (I’m in Seattle) — Good job on the race!!!

  2. You did amazing and I’m so proud of your accomplishment! Way to go!

  3. Great job! I was there too (one of the women in the “freakishly amazing” shirts) and actually worked hard to keep you in sight. The orange shorts stood out. Thanks for motivating me! I hope this doesn’t sound creepy but I was not far behind you when your husband gave you mittens, and I was envious! I fantasized about the gloves and jacket I left in the car. Great fun though.My Garmin said 2:14:44 for me, but my official finish time will be slower because we started late. Oops.

  4. Hey Carla,

    I am so glad you found my race recap! It was such a fun race, even though it rained! I was so excited when I saw Kyle and knew he had my gloves! I honestly thought my hands were going to fall off. You guys ran a great race and it was nice to met you! Thanks again for finding my post, it is always awesome to hear from other runners!

    Janelle

    p.s. I need to drive down to the Nike outlet to get that shirt. It is probably the sweetest Nike shirt ever!

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