Kansas Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
Sherpa Sports
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 14m 21s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Rode the Ironman Kansas 70.3 bike course the day before. This was merely a training run because we got free entry.

Up at 6:00, in the lobby at 6:30 to see if there was any breakfast I could eat. Ate some eggs, couple bites of yogurt and a muffin I wasn't supposed to eat. I felt like I needed some carbs though; should have brought my own breakfast.

Drove to Mass Street and were surprised to find parking spots. Went to the tent to grab some safety pins since they didn't put any in our race packets?! Stupid.

Stood in line for the potty to keep Gloria company until I heard they say "1 minute till half marathon start!" and I left here there. Sorry! I dind't want to miss the start and I didn't even have to potty. Slipped inline about 5 seconds before the race started.
Event warmup:

Just jogging from the potty line to the start line.
  • 2h 14m 21s
  • 12.81 miles
  • 10m 29s  min/mile

It was chilly and kinda windy - I'd worn shorts and a long sleeved shirt - perfect. Started off feeling a TON better than I thought I would after the bike ride yesterday. Nice!

First aid station 2 miles in I grabbed something to drink, thinking the clear liquid was water. It was not water. Gross. I spit it out and kept running. No idea what it was but it was nasty. First 2 miles are all uphill. Yay?

Miles 2-6 I felt completely awesome. I kept thinking to myself "I LOVE RUNNING! IloverunningIloverunningIloverunning!!! Did I mention I love running?!" LOL good pace. Killer hills, that's Lawrence for ya. I told myself out loud that I was STRONG! YOU ARE STRONG! UP THAT HILL! STRONG LEGS! STROOOOONG! People were walking up the hills. Not me. Nuh uh. You got it!!!

At every other aid station I'd ask the volunteer "WATER?" three times to verify it was not the nasty stuff they called everything from "sports drink" to "heed" to "hammer" to "poweraid" to "gatorade" - what was it?! Whatever it was I want nothing to do with it ever again.

OK around mile 10 I was getin' tired. Wanted to be done. Started to get cold, I think my sweat was drying too quickly in the wind and making me soooo cold. Wish I'd have worn my glove liners.

Did I mention the course markers were waaaaay off? From the very first mile. The first one was only a little off (Garmin read like 0.94 or something) - I can deal with that. But from there it just got worse. At the 10-mile marker my Garmin read 9.46. Seriously - that's quite a bit off. More than 1/2 mile. Don't get why it's so hard to accurately measure a course. Anyway.

Mile "12" (in quotes) came and went and we started up the longest hill ever. EVER. It did not stop. It was very cruel to end the race like this. It literally went for almost an entire mile. At one point I looked up and 10 of the 11 people in front of me were walking. I was holding out - running, albeit very slowly. In my head even though I was going so slow, it was better to run and give my legs a good workout. I gave in near the end and walked for about 15 seconds. Damn.

Came around to the finish chute and saw Jason (El Flaco!) give me a low five! Nice. Crossed the finish line and looked for food. Tummy was growling. I'd eaten about 3/4 GU around mile "7" (in quotes) and obviously that was not enough. Ate half a bagel I wasn't supposed to and saw Gloria huddled up with Drew (tri-dg) in a blankie! Hahahaaa.

What would you do differently?:

Eat a bigger breakfast. Not nearly enough calories to start the run with.
Post race
Warm down:

Ski-dattled out of there cause we were literally shaking we were so cold. Caught a shuttle back to the start line and tried to jog to the car. The hills really killed us. Back to the hotel for a HOT shower and a little nappy nap before packing up and driving back to Wichita.

What a great weekend! I'm really proud of myself.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Riding 56 miles of hills the day before. This was a training run, and nothing more.

Event comments:

First year for the race. It's all right. This is NOT flat. In fact, I think it's the hilliest run in general I've ever done in my life. Prepare yourself. Course was severly marked short; my Garmin read 12.8 miles; that was kind of disappointing.

Last updated: 2009-04-01 12:00 AM
02:14:21 | 12.81 miles | 10m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Through University of Kansas campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3