December 10th, 2012

TriGirl Half Marathon Recap

Hi friends! First, thanks for the support on Twitter and Facebook, and the congrats on Instagram.  I love the running blog community.  :)

From packet pick up to post-race activities, I was so impressed with the organization of the TriGirl half marathon.  If you’re ever looking for a half in early December, this one is worth checking out!

We got all sorts of goodies at packet pick up, including a really nice tech long sleeve shirt, an insulated water bottle, a TriGirl 13.1 car sticker, nice black gloves, and Luna bars.

I drove to the race solo this morning. The rest of the family had choir duties, so it was just me.  The skies were beautiful in the early morning.

As expected, it was unseasonably warm with 100% humidity.  When we started, temps were somewhere in the upper 60’s.  Thankfully, there was some shade on this course, but even from the beginning, I could tell my body was working harder than normal. (My local Houston friend Holly wrote some great heat warning tips, as she was running a 30k yesterday!)

The race consisted of two loops through a local park.  The course was scenic and mostly flat.  It’s a relatively small race, so I started right up front and remained in the top twelve for the majority of the race.  But those women in front of me were super speedy! I was alone for much of the race, and occasionally caught glimpses of the girls in front of me.  Because of the loops, we would pass woman going the opposite way, and could yell words of support.

Just before mile one, my Garmin beeped and went blank, so I had to restart it and don’t have my exact splits.  What my Garmin recorded totaled 12.5 miles.

Miles 1-6 felt good.  My body was warm, and I made a point to drink at every station (there were lots!) Splits: (Missed first .75 or so), then 7:35, 7:28, 7:31, 7:28, 7:24, 7:29

Miles 7-13.1 were more challenging.  I was starting to feel thirsty, despite drinking as much as I could.  I probably should have carried water on me as well.  My legs were feeling heavy, but I tried to hold on to the pace.  Splits: 7:33, 7:26, 7:35, 7:44 (the only small hill and stopped to drink), 7:36, 7:26, final .5  7:21

The final half mile was tough, and I was more than ready to be done.  As we neared the finish, I spotted the large Start Line banner and veered left rather than right, where the finish line was.  I thought they were looping us around before the finish, so I made another attempt toward the Start line and the crowd redirected me.

I had to cut back to the path twice and probably lost 15 seconds.  Rookie mistake.  Always check out the finish line before a race!

Notice my soaking wet shorts? That’s all from the humidity in the air, promise! Isn’t that crazy? When we moved here, it was the strangest adjustment to finish a run dripping wet.

Final time: 1:39:37, new pr!

10th place overall, 5th place age group (speedy 30-34 year olds!)

In order to hit my 20 for the day, I ran 1.75 to warm up, and a S.L.O.W. 4.75 afterwards.  I got back to the post-race area just in time to hear them call my name for the 5th place award.  (Yet another perk of this race- age group awards 5 deep!)

They had yummy breakfast burritos, Luna bar samples, fruit-infused water, sodas, Muscle Milk and other goodies.  The post-race party was a beautiful location, right along the water.

I also stumbled upon a new-to-me local company that would love to donate a shirt for the 5 by the 5th Virtual Race series.

All in all, it was a great day.  I’m happy with my sub-1:40, especially for the conditions today.  It gave me confidence that I can get that sub-1:38 on a cooler day, but that will have to wait til after the Houston Marathon.  I haven’t begun to map out my races for 2013 beyond January 13th.  Maybe I should start looking…

Do you have a favorite race? If you have cool weather, can you send some our way?


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