Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Woodlands Half Marathon 2017 Recap & Tips



The Woodlands Half Marathon took place on March 4, 2017. I was given a free entry on March 1 so I signed up that day and started planning for race day - when to take gels and how I'd taper until race day with a couple of easy 3 mile runs. 

Since I ran the Rocky Raccoon 50K trail race three weeks ago, I wasn't sure how I'd feel running so soon. I felt great, though! I finished in 2:10 and I was 35th of 122 females in the 50-54 age group. It was a great race day!

The Expo

Expo/Packet Pick-up: The expo took place on the day before the race. I arrived at 10:10 (it started at 10) and waited in line for 20 minutes. Then I spent 20 minutes walking around the small to medium sized expo. I parked across the street from the expo - easy parking!

Getting to the Race: I live near the race course and I've run the marathon in The Woodlands twice and the half marathon twice before so I felt safe leaving home at 5:35. I was parked at 6:00 in the blue lot, leaving me plenty of time to be in my corral at the required time of 6:40 for the 7 AM race. 


I Crossed the Finish Line! (I'm not pictured, but the green finish sign is there.)

Race day parking: Just go straight to the colored lots. Remember where you parked because there aren't a lot of landmarks and it's easy to lose your car. I've seen runners with lost cars more than once!

Weather: The predicted weather was 55-65 for the morning and I think that was what we had. It was overcast and never felt too warm.


I finished, called my husband and picked up my checked gear bag.

Course: There are mild hills and shade trees.

Fuel Pre-race: Rocket Fuel cookbook 
Chocolate banana pancakes, coffee; GU gel at the start


Filled my gear bag with food for the walk back to my car!

Fuel During the Race: Gatorade Endurance drink and 3 GU gels (miles 3, 7, and 10). Carry an extra gel or be flexible about when they hand out the gel and you'll be a happy camper.

Fuel Post-race: chocolate milk (hits the spot!), Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits, fruit (oranges, apples, bananas), muffins, cookies, fruit juice, protein bars

Picked up my finisher's race shirt - I like it!

The Finish: The spectators did a great job of cheering for us at the end!

Gear: I wore new shoes today: Asics gel noosa tri shoes. Comfortable!

Parting shot of the lake on my way to my car. A fun day at the race!

I'm glad that I listened to music during the race. Some parts of the course seemed really quiet when all of the runners were quietly pushing forward with only the road ahead and the trees on the side of the road. My music was a nice distraction. Oh, plus there was that runner who kept singing out loud with his music!

One great thing about running a half marathon rather than a longer race is that it's over sooner. I had time to race, clean up and write this blog post all before lunch time today!

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