Sugarland Half Marathon Recap

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the support for this half! Some of you already know the race results from Instagram and Twitter, but here are the rest of the details…

Since we were traveling all last week and visiting family, I had very little time to think (or worry) about Sunday’s race.  We got home Saturday night, did some unpacking, set the alarm for 4:45am, and went to bed.  It was too early for the family to come along, so I was on my own (which also means no action shots!)

I feel really lucky to have connected with an awesome running buddy this year, May, and a training group that has been really supportive (even if I only make it to the occasional Thursday training session.)

I got to the race in plenty of time for the 6:30am start.  It was perfect racing conditions- in the 40’s, which is downright cold by Texas standards.  Cool and dry, finally.  I paid my dues at the hot TriGirl half and wet and windy Houston marathon.

I found May right away.  Our running club buddy Austin was going to pace her for a pr, sub 1:37.  The plan was to start conservatively, so I decided to start with them and see how I felt.

Running group friends post-race

The race started on time, and we took off.  Miles 1-3, 7:17, 7:26, 7:12

May had warned me about the middle portion.  There was a 2 mile out and back run for miles 3-7 that you loop twice.  Up and back, turn around, up and back again.  Thankfully, having company for the run kept it interesting. Miles 4-8, 7:12, 7:24, 7:17, 7:24, 7:16

I ate a few chews around mile 4 and mile 8, and I was feeling great.  The pace was the perfect mix of comfortable and challenging, and by this point I knew I was going to smash December’s pr of 1:39.

Miles 9 and 10 were relatively easy.  We decided we would pick up our pace for the final 3 and push it in the final stretch.  Miles 9-10, 7:26, 7:19

I had my sights on a woman in purple the whole race who remained 100-200 yards in front of us.  I started pulling away in mile 11 to finally pass her and decided to push the last three without checking my watch at all.  Miles 11-13, 7:00, 7:11, 7:05 and the final .1 at 5:58 pace

 Finish- 1:35:25 (7:15 pace) and 2nd place age group

May was seconds behind me, and I know she would have passed me if she had taken a full taper this week rather than hitting nearly 50 miles in her Boston training.  🙂

I’m still pretty ecstatic about a 4 minute pr that felt so good.  It was only that final mile that started to feel really tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of running this half, which is not something I could have said about the TriGirl.  All those marathon miles really helped.  Having a pacer was a nice plus, too!

And now I have to figure out how to prepare for a 10k on Saturday… I never plan back to back races, but this one was local and cheap and I decided to go for it.  I don’t know what my legs will think of that.

Finally, the winner of the heart rate monitor is Nicole Vink C. Email me with your address, and congrats!

Did you race or run long this weekend?


113 thoughts on “Sugarland Half Marathon Recap

  1. Holy smokes you’re getting speedy! That is an awesome race! Congrats! You ran really nice, even splits, too.

    I love that you are so new to running and already hitting these times…can’t wait to see where you are in a year or two. It will be scary fast!
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  2. Way to go! That is awesome and so inspiring!

    10 boring and lonely miles on a treadmill for me this weekend. Anxious to get out and race!

  3. Congratulations! I was so happy for you when I saw that on instagram! You definitely rocked that race and an age group win is icing on the PR cake 🙂
    12 miles for half training for me yesterday. Still trying to work on speed as I transition from full to half. You’re inspirational though. I hope my half has as good an outcome in a couple weeks!

  4. Great race! I hope to do that one eventually 🙂 I ran 11 this weekend which was the longest I’ve ever run – just getting there in my half training so every run feels amazing because it’s a distance PR 🙂 This time I ran with a friend and cut nearly 20 seconds per mile off of my best long-distance time – so maybe there’s hope for me yet! 🙂
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  5. Way to go on the PR! The weather in PA must have gotten you ready for the colder morning race 🙂

    I ran my #5bythe5th this morning – my 2nd 5 mile run for the year. It was rough (need to fuel before 4:40am runs….) but otherwise looking forward to keep pushing my miles up from here on out.
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    • Thanks, Christina! No- I usually take 2-3 chews at a time, this time I took a few at mile 4 and a few at mile 8, although it’s harder to chew and run hard in a half than a full, with a faster pace. 🙂 But it still works better for me than the gu…
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    • Ha, I know! I really wanted action shots- but that’s okay. Plus I ran with an old throwaway long sleeved shirt that I had planned to ditch, but it was cold enough that I wore it the whole way. Wasn’t the most stylish runner out there. 🙂
      Yes- my Garmin does the mile splits and gives me the pace, love it! I have the Forerunner 210.
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  6. You are SO fast! I’m learning to be ok with not being speedy…yet.
    I need to come cheer you on one of these races-
    I had 15 on the calendar for Sunday’s long run, but my foot is still sore and I don’t want to push it and hurt it more. so I did 12.93 on the elliptical … not fun!
    Congrats sweetheart! You inspire me so much!!!
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  7. OMG, that is a huge PR and a wicked fast time, you should be so proud! I know I am for you! Relax and celebrate, you earned it. As for the 10k just take it easy this week and your adrenaline and good Mojo from this weekend will carry through!

    I did a really slow 18 miler with a friend and it was so wonderful not to worry about pace and to just get the miles in and enjoy it.
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  8. Holy Moly! You are crazy fast! I did my first half marathon this weekend(Woodlands) and set my first record of 2:27. I was shocked to even come in at that pace. Congrats on your fabulous race! Maybe one day I will be fast 🙂
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  9. Congrats again, Laura! You did an amazing job – huge PR, and an age-group award – yahoo!!!!! That double loop sounds tough – glad you had company to get through that. I am hoping to get my half down near 1:35 over this summer and fall – gotta keep raising that bar higher and higher : )
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  10. I KNEW that 1:37-1:40 was way too easy of a goal for you for your last half. Your training runs have been amazing and you’ve been in the miles and time. Congratulations on a well-earned PR!! That is some serious speed at the end! I hope I can run my last 3.1 miles as fast as that! xo
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  12. Awesome, awesome job on the new PR and on AG award! I think it’s even more awesome that you felt so strong during the race! I didn’t race in the traditional way this weekend, but I did take part in the Running of the Reindeer that is part of the festival that kicks of the Iditarod.
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  13. Again -excellent work! I had so much fun running with great company! So glad the weather worked in our favor as well! I can’t wait to see your recap about the 10k this weekend. Good luck!

  14. Just so awesome! You are an inspiration to a new distance runner like me.

    I ran my first nine mile distance this past weekend. It felt great. I’m running a 5 mile race this coming Saturday — also cheap and local!
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  15. Congrats again, Laura! I’m so glad you finally got some decent weather and felt good all the way through.

  16. WOW! SO FAST! That is so awesome! It is amazing what a little cooler weather will do after training in hot, humid temps all year! I am super happy for you.
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  18. Congrats Laura! I’m sorry that it took me this long to read your recap, but I’m impressed! Awesome job on such a big PR. I know I’ve been following your training, but how did that race pace compare to your speed training? With a goal half coming up for me next week I’d love to hear if your race paces or tempos felt like you did during the race. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for what these pace are going to feel like and how I should pace myself!
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    • Thanks, Meghan! I did a number of tempo runs at the 7:15-7:20 pace and it really helped. It’s so hard to predict how things will all come together race day, the cool weather was a huge plus, too! I’d say leave a little in your tank for the second half and then try to pick it up and finish strong. Good luck!!
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  19. Great job! Congrats on the PR! I have a question for you…what is your max HR for that run? I ask because I did a 13 miler the other day and Garmin was telling me I only burned 700 calories! Maybe I need to work harder!
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