One word: WINDY!!!!!
But more on that in a moment. Rob and I will be doing a lot more races that are new to us this year. This race was the first of the new courses. This half marathon was located at a small high school out-of-town. Due to the time of the year this race has seen all types of weather conditions over it’s 35 years and windy is usually a part of that. The forecasts around here lately have been off. It hasn’t been getting as warm as predicted so I accidentally overdressed for this race: capris, short sleeve, arm warmers. I felt chilly because of the winds, but misjudged how warm it would get.
We got to the high school and it was a really well-organized. Only $25 and registration included a nice sweatshirt for the first 100 registered. I had pre-registerd, but Rob signed up race day and missed the sweatshirt so I will share.
Within 20 minutes we were on a bus taking us out to the start line. They only had two busses for the 100ish sized field and they only did one trip. After seeing where they were taking us, it was really only 1.5 miles away and would be a good way to warm up. Instead, we had 5 minutes and we were going to be off. Rob and I did the smallest warm up ever of .25 mile and then lined up for this adventure.
The course is rolling hills out in the country barren fields. It is two laps of about 12 miles total and then head back into town to the high school.
We head out and the hills are no factor, but the 30+ mph winds were! We spent 1.5 mile in direct head wind, 3 miles in cross wind, 1.5 with the wind, then circle around for another lap, blech!
My pace was awful in the winds and I just tried to give it a half marathon effort although I felt like I was going nowhere. It was like being pushed around the entire way and felt more like a rumble than a race. A female passed me at mile 4 and she was .25 mile ahead of me in no time. The sun comes out and starts to make me feel super hot.
By mile 6 I couldn’t handle being over dressed. We had chips and bibs. Sometimes they want the stub on the bib as a back up to the chip system so I tear off the stub, and slip off my shirt and arm sleeve while running, and managed to not fall while untangling myself. I instantly felt 10 degrees cooler. A water stop guy takes my shirt and says he will get it back to the finish. I say “Bless you, thank you” and feel bad he has to touch my sweaty clothes.
The second lap I lie to myself and say things in my head like “I love this!”, “This is great!”, “I get to work on my runner’s tan!” I laugh to myself as I see the signs pointing us in the right direction “Frostebite –>”, hehehe, not quite for 50ish degrees and sunny. I resist the urge to say to one of the water stops “Did this wind mess up my hair?”, sounds funnier in my head and I just thank them instead.
The first female walks through one of the water stops and I hope that this may be my chance to bridge the gap. Maybe she is getting tired and will fall off. Nope, instead she takes off like a shot and stays well in front of me.
I wish I could say I was making up the pace when we were with the wind, but that only lasted the first lap, second lap and I was just tuckered. We get to .5 mile from the finish and finally are in town and out of the wind and I just tried to hoof it in with what I had left.
Drew had come out to see us finish and cheer us in!
I was 2nd Female Overall! Rob came in at 1:34:12 and was 15th Overall and 1st in his Age Group!
Wind blown and done.
Also, worth noting my stomach didn’t bother me one bit! It was so nice to not have that as a factor.
Us with our awards and I put on my sweet new sweatshirt.
Up close of my award.
This race was well-organized, the mile splits seemed very accurate and each mile was marked, inexpensive and fun (aside from the wind). We would definitely come back to do this race again.