The Woodlands Half Marathon Report
|Post-race with my Training Buddy|
Results: So excited to see this on my Garmin at the finish: 1:59:54 with a 9:07/mi average. My goal was about 2 hours and I thought sub 2 would be very nice. The finisher's chip times aren't up yet. Update: Chip time is 2:00:34; 464/1453 female. I'm glad I got so close to 2:00.
Course: Mostly flat, some hills, quiet, peaceful, some concrete streets.
Weather/Clothes: 43 degrees at 6am, race start: 7am. Beautiful day! I didn't wear shorts as planned, but I was happy with hand warmers, arm sleeves, shirt and pants (see photo).
Pace Group: I finished very close to the 2:00 pacer.
Volunteers: Volunteers are the best - encouraging! They needed more volunteers at most of the fluid stops, though.
Spectators: Not many at this small race. I'm thankful for the encouraging cheers and the high-fives.
Expo: Small. For more info: The Woodlands Half Marathon/Marathon Expo Post.
Fuel Pre-run: white rice, banana, citrus Nuun
Fuel During Race: Gatorade@Mi.3 & 6, Citrus Clif gel @Mi.8 (if cold, tastes like key lime/lemon meringue pie!), Water at Mi.9
Post-marathon Food: If I wanted to stand in a long line, I could have had: Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches (really wanted one!), egg burritos and bananas. Instead, I went where there wasn't a line and got some Honey Core Power. I was glad they were there - you need to eat or drink after a hard workout. At home, I ate a banana. We went to Lupe Tortilla for a tex-mex lunch and I wore my finisher's shirt. At the restaurant, I saw other half marathoners wearing their medals. By the way, Happy Texas Independence Day!
Parking: I felt a little lost when I left for the race (at 6:10), but I was glad that a race person gave me good instructions at the expo: I-45 to Woodlands Parkway and follow the signs. Parking turned out fine and I found my car after the race. I met a runner who couldn't find hers - so many trees and few landmarks in the area.
|Great Finisher's Shirt & Medal!|
To Improve: Long lines! I talked with a couple of other runners while waiting in a long line for my finisher's shirt and they said the line was terrible for packet pick-up for them, too. The computers went out yesterday, but the pick-up lines were bad last year, too, they said. Personal improvement: I want to get some speedwork in before the next race. This time around, I was just building up my mileage after running the Houston Marathon 7 weeks ago in 4:00:29.
What Went Well: My Asics finisher's shirt fits me! I like Saturday races, real restrooms at the start/finish, and encouraging signs on the route. I wore my Denver Marathon shirt and that started a conversation with another runner. Just before the finish, we ran through a long chute where a runner was screaming, "1:57!" That encouraged me to run as fast as I could, hoping for sub 2.
Just Soar! I saw "Isaiah 40:31" on a runner's shirt. I tried to remember the verse and then I shortened what I could remember just to "soar" and kept thinking about soaring down the road. The funny part is that while I was running in the race, I couldn't remember the line about running! But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31