Tucson Half Marathon Race Review
After a truly blissful slumber..... um no I fought with Nellie half the night for room on the bed. I used to be able to nudge her out of the way and she was fine but now she is dead set on touching me at all times and snoring like she suffers from sleep apnea. So that is fun.
Any whoo the alarm went of at 4a.m. and I promptly flung it off the night stand. 4a.m. is not my best hour. After standing in the kitchen drinking iced coffee for awhile. I finally got ready and forced D to get out of bed to drive me (he actually volunteered to go even though I gave him several outs because standing around for four hours is fun for no one. He is in the running for husband of the year).
|Check out the arm sleeves of awesome.|
|Medal obtained woot|
I was able to hold off the break down point until about mile 10 this time. That is when I had to have the inner pep talk to keep it going. I stopped and walked a bit at every aid station. Mostly so I could drink. I tried to pretend that I was a professional and run through and drink at the first aid station and almost died due to drowning so I accepted that I lack a certain coordination and just walked through the rest so I could drink. I alternated between water and poweraid and tried to eat 2 Gus but only got one down. I tried to eat a chocolate flavored one I grabbed at an aid station and just couldn't do that flavor. Something about tasting chocolate while trying to run just wasn't working for me. I grabbed vanilla flavor around mile 9 and that went down fine. Who knew, I thought chocolate was appropriate at all times. Learn something new everyday.
So the mile break down
2 8:55.7 (whoa first time in the 8s- that is exciting)
9 10:30.2 (gu eating)
10 10:13.7 (start whiny breakdown about this being hard in head)
12 10:27.3 (yeah almost done!)
and a NEW PR woot 2:07:50 official finish time.Overall this race was pretty awesome. A good one to run if you are looking to PR because it is downhill. There was plenty of supplies at the aid stations and everything ran pretty smoothly. They did lose my registration but it was painless to get a number so no big deal.
Medal is awesome and the finish line had lots of volunteers handing out bottled water and a food tent with bananas, pb&j tortillas, powerbars, goldfish, popcorn and soda.
|plenty of stuff at the finish|
There was also a massage tent and plenty of parking at the finish for spectators or husbands who endure their wives crazy hobby and come to cheer them on at the finish. I would do this one again I think. The course was pretty, the last few miles were a little tough as you ran through a neighborhood and it seemed uphill for most of mile 11 and 12 but overall nice.
|Awesome ribbon on this medal|
|Mmmm pumpkin bars, twice as good because it has Christmas sprinkles and is on a holiday plate.|