Signing up to do half marathons is not always the easiest thing to do since it is always freezing cold and I can never decide what to wear. How I managed to wear anything other than 5 layers of sweat clothes is beyond me. I miraculously ended up in my normal capris, 2 long sleeve shirts and gloves. I did bring an old ugly purple shirt that I was just dying to get rid of and used that as a throw away and to warm up in.
For such a small race I was pretty happy with the race shirts. Curious as to what last years shirts looked like. They are not tech shirts but it is a really small race.
The Inland Trail Race has a Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. The Marathon starts and ends at the same place, the half marathon they bus us out to Kipton (middle of nowhere, I mean nowhere!) and we run back to the finish. Worst part about getting bused out to the middle of nowhere was that it was cold and no place to keep warm. The bus dropped us off with 15 mins to spare before the start so only left time for a 1 mile warm up……or so I thought. At 8am…race start time, there were a total of 5 people at the starting line. Not sure what the hold up was but didn’t end up starting until after 8:20 so my warm up probably did nothing for me since I was freezing at the starting line for 20 plus minutes.
The gun went off…finally and I took off, first mile was 7:14, ooops. But after the first mile you pretty much start on the trail and take that the whole way back so I was able to get myself to slow down a bit. Minus the water stops, you do not see anyone on the trails, there were almost no spectators. So did I run with music, nope, might have helped a little bit though, I definitely started to struggle around mile 7.
The course is flat for the most part. There is a small rolling hill in the first mile and in the last maybe half mile and other than that it is smooth sailing.
I was kinda hoping I would come close to my PR but legs were just too tired. I ended up running 1:46:16 (unofficial time race results are not up yet). Was 2nd in my age group and somewhere in the top 10 females.
Huge shout out to Anna who came to see me finish and snapped some awesome photos. Anna-Feel free to stalk me and take pictures where ever I go because these are so crisp and clear, I love them! She also stayed and volunteered for a couple hours for the marathoners who were still finishing.
Next race is another half marathon, the Fall Classic, another flat course so I can’t wait, maybe there is a PR waiting for me there!
Question: Would you rather run a flat course with no spectators or a hilly course with tons of spectators?
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