TriGirl Half Marathon Recap

Hi friends! First, thanks for the support on Twitter and Facebook, and the congrats on Instagram.Β  I love the running blog community.Β  πŸ™‚

From packet pick up to post-race activities, I was so impressed with the organization of the TriGirl half marathon.Β  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.Β  The skies were beautiful in the early morning.

As expected, it was unseasonably warm with 100% humidity.Β  When we started, temps were somewhere in the upper 60’s.Β  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.Β  The course was scenic and mostly flat.Β  It’s a relatively small race, so I started right up front and remained in the top twelve for the majority of the race.Β  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.Β  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.Β  What my Garmin recorded totaled 12.5 miles.

Miles 1-6 felt good.Β  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.Β  I was starting to feel thirsty, despite drinking as much as I could.Β  I probably should have carried water on me as well.Β  My legs were feeling heavy, but I tried to hold on to the pace.Β  Splits: 7:33, 7:26, 7:35, 7:44 (the only small hill and stopped to drink), 7:36, 7:26, final .5Β  7:21

The final half mile was tough, and I was more than ready to be done.Β  As we neared the finish, I spotted the large Start Line banner and veered left rather than right, where the finish line was.Β  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.Β  Rookie mistake.Β  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.Β  I got back to the post-race area just in time to hear them call my name for the 5th place award.Β  (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.Β  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.Β  I’m happy with my sub-1:40, especially for the conditions today.Β  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.Β  I haven’t begun to map out my races for 2013 beyond January 13th.Β  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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84 thoughts on “TriGirl Half Marathon Recap

  1. Great job! Breakfast burritos afterwards, interesting, not sure that would be my first choice after a race πŸ™‚ I have plenty of snow and below zero temps I can send your way.
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  2. Wow, that race sounds amazing–except the heat/humidity of course–Houston just doesn’t give enough breaks on that front. Lucky thing you didn’t NEED a break, you fast woman. Congratulations! I’m sorry I’m just now checking in–we had a Christmas cookie party at our house yesterday right on the heels of the kids’ b-day party Sunday and I was a little nuts-o. But I will tell you–I KNEW you’d hit a PR. I hope you are still basking!
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  3. This half had some pretty amazing swag! HUGE congrats on not only your PR, but doing it in such brutal temps. I HATE humidity, but it does make traveling to other destinations that don’t have it as much a bit easier.

    Nice 5th place finish as well πŸ™‚
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  4. Awesome job on the PR!!!! I am almost wishing for the humidty and heat to come back waking up to it being 20 was not my idea of fun this morning.

  5. Congrats on the PR! You did a great job despite the heat, way to go!

    My favorite race, so far has been the Ocean’s Run Half here in RI. Best course and support that I have experienced so far.

    It is a little cooler here with rain. I will send some cooler temps to you.
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  6. Well done on the PR, another minute or 2 in there because of the heat and humidity for sure. I did see you out there and was the loudest voice shouting ‘THIS WAY’ when you veered off at the fish πŸ˜‰ Sorry I never got a chance to say hello, my kids were over it by the time the race was over so we headed home after you speedier runners were done. Oh, I was desperately trying to remember your name so I could shout it but all I could think of was ‘Mummy run fast’ and that would have been weird ;D Now I realize the names were on the tops DUH!

    • Hey Vicky!! Sorry you had to witness me floundering at the end, ha! I was so sure the big blue start line was where I was supposed to be headed.
      Were you also out on the course? I think I saw you cheering at one point, and only recognized you after the fact…
      Hope to run into you next time!
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  7. Congrats again! THat is a smoking fast time in that heat and humidity.Yuck! Yay for a 5th place award! I’m loving the looks of those fruit-filled water containers. Yum!

  8. Congratulations on the PR!! I say it all the time, but you are super speedy and amazing :). That is an awesome time any day, let alone on a hot day with 100% humidity! I love the medal, too. Seems like a great race.
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  9. Wow, that is a fabulous time!! I can’t even imagine running in that humidity almost year round. We only battle it a couple of months here.

    On another note, do you get a million spam comments from your CommentLuv? I just turned mine off because I was getting over 100 a day. I turned on this capchta thing, but I think that was too annoying.
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  10. Congrats on an amazing time on a hot day. Sounds like a tough day and you pushed through. And way to go on the age group award. I can’t believe you were only 5th in your age group but 10th overall. Love that our age group is so hard!!!!
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  11. You broke 1:40! And you had a little mishap at the finish AND it was super hot and humid! You are a rockstar! And seems like getting REALLY close to being ready for a great race in Houston!!

    My shorts looked EXACTLY the same after the race this weekend. Elizabeth even commented about how sweaty they were πŸ™‚ I noticed it when you posted this pic online and thought it was funny. I seriously felt like I had wet my pants!!!

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