1/2 Marathon Race Dress Rehearsal
After running the Houston Marathon on January 13, I've been taking it easy, mostly just trying to slowly get more miles in before the next race. My next race is The Woodlands Half Marathon on March 2. It's close to home and it's a new race for me.
I drove part of the course this week. The flatness made me happy. I noticed that it looks like the scenery is pretty, but it may seem monotonous after miles of only tall trees on either side of the road. It's good to be prepared for things like that.
Before yesterday's run, I had a banana and some homemade banana bread. During the run, I ate a Clif Shot mocha gel (they'll hand it out at the race). I wore the shorts, top, and hat that I plan to race in. My stomach and clothes did well during my race dress rehearsal.
Yesterday I ran 10 miles at 9:34 pace with mile 9 at 8:40 pace. That 9th mile nearly did me in! For a PR, I'd need to get better than 1:50:57 (8:27 pace). I'm not counting on a PR, though. Yesterday I saw some old snake oil medicine bottles at an antique store. I wonder if they ever peddled anything that could make a runner faster!
We have out-of-town family visiting us this week and in addition to antiquing, we took them to Houston where we saw these big heads. It'll be hard to ever top this tourist destination! ; )
What's your favorite spot for taking your out-of-town guests (and your location)?