Seabrook Lucky Trail Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Seabrook, Texas
United States
Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon Weekend
74F / 23C
Total Time = 7h 15m
Overall Rank = 269/531
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 26/51
Pre-race routine:

Woke up right at 4 a.m.
Had two cups of coffee and a honey stinger right around 4:45.
Got dressed, double checked my bag and threw in a few last minute things.
I was out of the door somewhere between 5:20-5:30.
I had a bottle of Gu Brew on the way down there and had an extra waffle with me, but I didn't end up eating it.
Event warmup:

No real warmup, just got my chip, hit the bathrooms and had a Gu 15 minutes before start time.
  • 2h 25m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 05s  min/mile

The run was hard to pace because of the narrowness of the trails. You were either going fast or going slow, it was pretty hard to find the right groove.

I had an enjoyable run and was very thankful for the cloudiness of the day. The sun did start to come out at the end and that slowed me down a bit, but it could have been a whole lot worse, that's for sure.

I started running with a water bottle in my hand to help wash down the pre-race Gu and so I cruised through the first water stop. The water bottle wasn't as annoying as I thought it would be and it was really helpful to have it especially since the first water stop was pretty congested. I tossed it soon after that.

Given this was my first warm weather race of the year, I made a point to stop at each water stop after that. I also walked each stop to make sure I was actually drinking. I stuck with water the first loop and switched to Gatorade the second loop around. The second loop, I started tossing some water down my back as well.

I took a Gu at 45 minutes and then again about 100 minutes in. I think my nutrition was spot on this race.

The last three miles were slower as I came to a complete stop at each water stop to fully drink and it was harder each time to get going again. By the end, I was just wanting to be done!
What would you do differently?:

Not much really. I could say I would have started up closer to the front of the race, but being towards the middle/pack kept me from going out to fast, always something I struggle with.

I can see, too, how if you are trying for a PR, having your own fluids would make a big difference. I probably spent two or three minutes total at the water stations.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed an ice cream bar, some Fritos and a soda. Food of champions :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and the narrowness of the trail

Event comments:

Not sure if I want to do this race again, but I'm really glad I did it at least once.

Last updated: 2012-02-27 12:00 AM
02:25:13 | 13.1 miles | 11m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/51
Overall: 269/531
Performance: Average
Course: crushed granite, narrow trails
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4