Right here’s a brand new half marathon race recap for Revel Massive Bear. I’ll attempt to maintain it as quick because the race course as a result of I’m a lil out of the behavior of writing full size weblog posts and it looks as if a number of us are out of the behavior of studying full size posts! (Appropriate me if I’m fallacious on this – it’s a subject that very long time readers have requested about.)
I stayed with my godparents the evening earlier than the race. They reside about quarter-hour from packet pick-up and race day parking. That is tremendous useful as a result of whereas all race days require an early wake-up name (except for night races like Rock N Roll Las Vegas), races that require you to take a bus to the beginning line space imply it is advisable get there hours forward of the particular begin time.
However earlier than we discuss race morning… let’s speak concerning the expo and pre-race dinner!
The expo was small and properly organized. Your entire Revel Race sequence appears to be a race placed on by runners for runners – so despite the fact that it appears like a small race, the swag and post-race arrange all have large race vibes. I bought my bib, shirt and hat (further perk as a result of that’s how they do it) and was out of the expo in underneath 10 minutes. There have been cute picture ops, however I used to be operating late for dinner and didn’t cease for any photographs or video.
Since I used to be staying with my Nino and Nina we deliberate to exit to dinner. They talked about Chinese language meals and I used to be all about it. That’s MY FAVORITE PRE RACE FOOD!!!
After dinner we stopped at Walgreens so I might run in and purchase a few of these lil hand hotter issues as a result of the beginning line was going to be FREEZING. I didn’t see any and was about to ask once I considered these warmth wraps that go round your decrease again. It’s the identical factor because the hand ones, however BIGGER (and I assumed higher). So, I purchased a decrease again warmth wrap to put on as a private heater earlier than the race. I assumed it was genius, but it surely didn’t find yourself working that properly. I assumed I’d put on it with the new half on the entrance and maintain my arms towards it, however I couldn’t really feel it by my garments. So it was most likely protecting my core hotter, however didn’t assist my frozen arms.
Runners doing Revel Massive Bear Half or Full Marathon must take a bus to the beginning line. The busses began loading at 4am. For the complete marathon you needed to be on the bus by 4:30am on the newest and for the half it was 4:45am.
I plan my race day morning round when I’ve to depart the home or resort to get to the beginning. So, for this race I needed to depart by 3:45am… which meant a 3am alarm (and a 3:12am alarm as a back-up). I didn’t want the second alarm in any case as I awakened a number of instances all through the evening frightened I’d sleep by it. Once I awakened at 2:45am I made a decision to only stand up and begin preparing.
I laid out my Flat Runner the evening earlier than with all the pieces I used to be going to put on and take with me to the race. Along with my operating gear I had ‘throw away’ garments, that are issues like coats or robes you put on earlier than the race after which toss to the facet when the race begins. The race organizers collect it up and plenty of donate the garments to locations that acquire this stuff.
TIP: Deliver a high layer you’re keen to toss as a result of the beginning line is FREEZING.
I don’t anticipate to get sufficient sleep earlier than a race, however all of the abrupt wake-ups I had by the evening made me really feel further drained. Nonetheless she endured… and made espresso.
I bought to the parking space to catch the bus to the beginning line in good time. There have been indicators with arrows indicating which buses had been for the half marathon and those for the complete marathon. And the traces to get on the buses moved shortly. I made buddies in line and it was good to talk on the bus experience as much as the beginning line.
As soon as we bought to the beginning my new pal (Hello Renee!) and I bought within the porta potty line. I misplaced her after that and was trying round after they introduced it was final name to depart your drop bag. (You bought a bag on the expo to make use of for those who needed to drop off a bag in the beginning line and so they’d take it to the end line the place you might choose it up.) So, I dropped off my bag and realized we had been 5 minutes out from the beginning!!
I headed to the beginning… and adjusted the final minute issues like getting my playlist prepared to start out, turning on my watch and saying a prayer.
And simply earlier than I crossed the beginning line I noticed I used to be nonetheless carrying the warmth wrap factor. I ditched that immediately so I wouldn’t get snarled in it attempting to run and take it off.
The beginning of the race was a bit anti-climactic because the Nationwide Anthem was a recording and the bulletins had been minimal (versus a Race MC that’s yelling over the music with final minute directions and attempting to get you overvalued). The runners in entrance of me began shifting and I noticed.. The race is beginning! So, I began my watch, music and myself (operating).
The Revel Massive Bear Half Marathon course is sort of all downhill – with some components being extra of downhill grade than others. The primary few miles really feel very downhill and after standing round in freezing temperatures earlier than the beginning – I couldn’t really feel my toes, but it surely appeared like I used to be going out very quick. It made me nervous as a result of there are some bumps within the street and I used to be afraid I’d roll an ankle since I didn’t really feel answerable for my frozen toes.
TIP: In case you run this race – pay attention to the divots within the street particularly close to the painted traces separating lanes.
I didn’t have a particular time purpose for this race since I haven’t been coaching for a half marathon purpose. However, I did need to run it like a race and see what I might do proper now.
My different latest half marathon races weren’t a giant assist in estimating a end time as a result of I felt off through the Lengthy Seaside Half Marathon [2:01:27] and felt quite a bit higher through the Mission Inn Half Marathon [1:53:57]. The climate was quite a bit hotter and humid on the Lengthy Seaside Half, but it surely wasn’t summer time temperatures. The Mission Inn Half was cooler, but in addition hillier (which often slows me down greater than sizzling climate).
I didn’t know what tempo I ought to intention for… however undoubtedly didn’t assume it will be a lot sooner than 1:49. For no matter motive it went by my head that 5 minutes sooner than my final half (the place I felt good) made sense.
So, once I was operating and noticed the 1:50 pacer (Dave – who I met on the bus!) – I assumed I ought to decelerate and run with them for some time. I didn’t need to run previous them, slam into the wall later within the race and find yourself strolling the final 3 miles. However, I felt like I’d’ve needed to decelerate A LOT and I felt good (in fact I did although – we had been only a mile in!!). I noticed I would remorse it later, however I didn’t need to gradual my tempo but. I made a decision to not try to stick with a tempo group, simply run no matter felt good for proper now and decelerate if I felt the course flatten out or I felt like I used to be getting drained.
I didn’t have a look at my watch in any respect as a result of I felt like I used to be operating quick and that was getting me pumped as much as maintain going. If I noticed my tempo was slower than I assumed it will’ve taken the air out of my sails and I’d be a sailboat caught within the ocean with no wind (besides on this case I’d be a runner caught at mile 7 of a half marathon crying by the facet of the street).
Mainly, I attempted to run as quick as I felt I might keep for about 10 miles after which I’d reassess. I assumed it will flatten out round mile 10 and I’d must decelerate anyway. So, I needed to benefit from the downhill whereas it lasted.
Effectively, I felt prefer it lasted till about mile 12!! It was solely in the direction of the final mile once you run into city (no extra 2 lane street down) and it flattens out in comparison with the beginning. It is perhaps the final 2 miles, however both method – it wasn’t a really abrupt change till the very finish. Once you’re operating a downhill race and get to a flat a part of the course – it appears like somebody pulled the brake in your physique. It feels exhausting to maintain operating and really exhausting to maintain operating on the quick tempo you had been doing downhill. However – I didn’t really feel that till the final mile. And by that point I assumed I’d made such good time I ought to actually try to push myself to complete robust.
I nonetheless hadn’t checked out my watch at this level so I didn’t know what my end time is perhaps. And I used to be afraid to examine in case it was disappointing since that may mess with my confidence to complete robust. (Working actually does take a lot psychological energy too!)
Anyway. I simply targeted on ending robust. I knew that if nothing else I’d be pleased with myself for doing my greatest that day and it will be image of the place I’m in my operating health proper now.
My Revel Massive Bear Half Marathon End Time: 1:38:45
I’m pleased with this end time. It’s sooner than something I’ve run since I broke my foot (proper earlier than the pandy – which added further obstacles to coming again to operating).
And I can run sooner. I do know it as a result of I didn’t prepare my butt off to run a quick half marathon. If I did a half marathon coaching program with speedwork AND had day on race day – I’d run sooner. You’ll too. I’ve to do the work to get sooner, but it surely appears extra potential now. HARD WORK – WORKS.
The very best a part of this half marathon is that it helped my confidence. A number of weeks after I broke my foot all of the races had been cancelled for a 12 months. So, I didn’t have a comeback race to work in the direction of. I didn’t have the accountability or motivation of a race coaching plan with a purpose race on the finish. And when in particular person races began coming again I felt so gradual and off form it was exhausting to think about working in the direction of any time purpose – at that time I simply needed to complete the space! Now I do know I can do extra than simply run 13.1 miles. I can do it sooner than earlier than if I do the work. And so are you able to.
After the race I lastly met Heather from @Heatherunz in particular person. She received 2nd place within the half marathon!! Heather was on the Run Eat Repeat podcast some time again and I need to ask her again for an excuse to talk some extra. Then, we frolicked with Kelly from Sparkle Athletic. She was carrying the cutest vacation sparkle skirt and visor! Positively test it out for those who love a cute operating ‘match right here –> Sparkle Athletic.
I additionally met a number of @RunEatRepeat Instagram followers and semi-met just a few as I used to be operating and heard the hellos! Adore it. Thanks a lot for following a protracted and studying. I actually recognize it.
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