Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon Race Review
13.1 miles, medal, egg hunt, race shorts. Count me in.
The Egg Shell Shuffle sells out fast so sign up early. Besides the awesome medal there is an adult Easter egg hunt where they get donations of running stuff and museum passes and candy.
|LOVE THIS MEDAL|
Once again I was using this race as a long distance training run. This week only 15 miles (when 15 got placed in the 'only' column I am not sure). This race has race day packet pick-up which is nice because it was south of my house by about a hour and twenty minutes. The race is held in a forest preserve with a small two mile loop at the beginning and then an out and back for the rest with the majority on a bike path.
And now I am gonna get all crazy runner brain on you-
There were a couple issues with how I ran this race. I had some stomach issues, nothing that resulted in a sprint into the woods but I was uncomfortable most of the way. Don't you hate that- running can be uncomfortable enough, no need for the stomach to get involved.
I also went out way fast (first mile in 8:24- it was like I had lost my mind), had to reign myself in, turn the watch mode to time and try to run by feel. My leg had felt off this past week which resulted in about 13 miles of missed training. No biggie but it was feeling better and I didn't want to mess that up so thought running by feel seemed smart. I still pushed too hard in the beginning and ended up crashing around mile 10. I was just exhausted and my legs were done. I think this seemed extra frustrating because in my mind I was all- hey you only had a two mile warm-up instead of a seven you should be better than this, I know I can run better than I did. At the very least I can pace myself better than I did.
In reality I have run more mileage this month (165 miles) than ever before. I have run three weekends hard in a row. So I need to turn the crazy runner brain off and be pleased that I have been able to do what I have done. After this many miles and this much training it is all about the marathon- getting to that starting line fit, injury free (knock on wood, and again just to be safe) and healthy. I think I can race a half marathon faster but now is not that time.
Long crazy runner ramble short:
- Marathon is priority
- In the future I want to get faster
- Pace is key