Hazel Dell Half Race Recap

Half Marathon #3 is in the books!

Once again, it was a nice small race. However, I got a little freaked out about it. You had to be done in 3 hours, which really shouldn’t have freaked me out, but it did. And starting out I was like oh no all these people look like scary serious runners and I’m going to be last. On top of that, I stayed up too late at an Infamous Stringdusters show the night before, am battling some tendinitis pain in my right arm, and was having major lady time cramps. So pretty much I was really hoping I would get lost along the way or that  I would have the wrong address and would have some excuse not to run it.

Seriously during the first two miles, I was like you can just quit, go home, lay on the couch, and sleep. But then the lovely thing called adrenaline kicked in and all my pain subsided. So basically the time I spent running this race is the most pain free I’ve been all week.

I finished in 2:32:13, which is my fastest time yet.  Funny how that happens sometimes.


The good about the race:

-Fun course, a couple miles to the Salmon River Trail, and then the bulk was on the Salmon River Trail.

-The volunteers were so nice and encouraging! They would be like mile 11 is right there! wooo!

-Despite the fact that I didn’t the race packet pick up email which made me think the race was going to not be managed well, it was really amazingly put together and super smooth and I was sooooo impressed!

-Because I had been having some serious cramps throughout the week, I actually did an appropriate taper and didn’t overwork my legs, which I believe led to me going into the race with rested legs and getting good time for me.

-No rain! No snow! It was actually a nice day!!!

The bad:

-I bought new pants to wear and I had never run a long distance in them before, I know this is a no no. I did it anyways. They were okay, but liked to slip down a bit. After the first 3 miles, I decided who cars, I’ll let them fall down a bit and stop messing with them.

-Somehow I got blisters on both my feet. Same shoes as always, same socks I’ve work on multiple halves.

-This race has had the most hills I’ve had to run so far.  Not the worst thing, but hey, I don’t totally love hills at mile 12.

March is going to be a crazy month, so the only race I can actually fit in is the Portland Adidas Shamrock run. It’s going to be a busy crazy cluster fuck. Deep breath! Also, the worst hill: Terwilliger.

Yukon Do It Half Marathon

Finally getting around to writing a race write up about this race I did in December. I ran the Yukon Do It half marathon as a make up for the ill fated Holiday Half that was canceled half way through the actual event.  I had such a good time at the Yukon Do It half marathon that I’m glad I had to scramble to find another half to run.

I enjoyed the race route quite a bit. It was mostly along the Puget Sound. The course was pretty flat.  Only a couple of hills around the half way turn around point. It was an out and back.  There was also a marathon going on which went out and back twice. They had nicely spaced water and bathrooms so all in all good stuff.

The race was small but very well put together. You can tell that the folks that put it on and that the folks that regularly run it regard it as a very special event.  The pick up location and after party fun was held at a local bar and the folks there were all really sweet and so nice.  All around good people.

So, how the race went for me personally.

The good:

-I finished!

-No injuries!

-My recovery was very speedy. I was hardly out of commission the next day.

-I trained really well for this race. I had no annoying issues with not having stretched enough or anything along those lines. I was very happy!

The bad:

-It rained, cold rain for the first half of the race. And then it snowed for the second half. Honestly, it was fun to run in the snow. However, I was already soaked so I was a little cranky. It did inspire me to finish quickly.

-I didn’t really bring dry clothes. It was very poor planning on my part.  The race was 3 hours away from my house. Why didn’t I bring dry clothes?

-It took me about 6 hours to get home because of the mentioned snow and rain. So, here in the pacific northwest, we really suck at snow. I, however, had my jeep with her snow tires on, but no one else did.

All in all, I enjoyed the race and added a few more items to my “lessons learned” bucket for future races!