On Saturday, I completed the Longview Half Marathon, which was my 12th half marathon, and my last race of 2016. Friday night, Mom and her friend Denise got to town, and we had dinner and set out our flat runners. It was supposed to freeze in KC for the first time this fall, and was supposed to be around 38-40 degrees at the start.
We got to Longview Lake around 7:00 Saturday morning, and watched the sun rise and waited for the race to start. This was the third year for the Longview Half, and the weather was gorgeous for a fall half marathon along Longview Lake in South KC. It was a bit chilly, and we stayed in the car until about 20 minutes before the race. I think there were about 2000 people running, and I’m really glad Mom was able to come down for the weekend.
One of the hills along the course is right about about a mile long, and the race has a “King/Queen of the Hill.” There is a timing mat at the bottom of the hill, and again at the top. This was a decent hill, and I was proud of myself for not walking it at all, even though I sure wanted to. Here’s the hill, from the bottom:
By the time I got to the top of the mile long hill, around mile 3 or so, I was warm! It had warmed up a bit, and the sun felt warm, especially with the wind being blocked by the trees. We turned around and went down the hill right after we got up it, so I spent most of the next mile taking off my shirt so I could take off my fleece lined base layer, and then putting my shirt/bib back on. It was not as easy as it should have been, due to my gloves, visor, and earbud situation. I finally got everything situated, and ran the rest of the race with my base shirt tied around my waist.
Miles 4-9 were rolling hills along the roads around Longview Lake. I was kind of disappointed we didn’t see the lake at all until around mile 9. Coincidentally, around mile 9 is when I kind of fell apart. Miles 9-11 are along the dam, and it was more wide open, so the wind picked up a little, and though the lake was gorgeous, I was feeling fatigued, my hips were very tight, and there were a couple long inclines to get to the dam. I started walking just after 9 miles, and walked on and off for the last 4 miles.
I ended up coming through and feeling strong, but I did feel like the last 4 miles were a disappointment for me. There was no reason that I stopped to walk. I was not injured.. sure, my feet and hips were sore and tight, but there was nothing wrong. My knee was acting up and achy, but there was nothing wrong. Mentally, I decided that mile 9 was where I needed to stop and walk, and I let my mind win, and let my body lose. I’m proud of myself for finishing. This was my 12th half marathon, but I have a lot of work to do, mentally, to get where I want to be.
After the race, I met up with Amy, Melissa, and Sandey, and then later, found John, and Mom and Denise. We ended up hanging around and watching the rest of the half marathoners finish, and took some pictures by the lake before heading out.
Saturday night, after the race, Mom, Denise, Chris and I went out for Mexican, including yummy margaritas. We did some shopping Saturday, too, and got pedicures, which felt amazing.
Sunday morning, we went out for a shakeout run, and Chris joined us. It was such a beautiful day on the trails, we even saw 5 deer! Mom and Denise had to head home later on Sunday afternoon.
Overall, I’m pleased with how the first 2/3 of the half marathon went, and I have a lot of work to do before my next half marathon, in April.
I’m also 95% sure I’ll be doing my first full marathon next spring, so I’m going to start training for that in January. I’m glad to be done with races for a few months, I enjoyed all the races I had this year, but I’m ready for a quiet few months, especially with the holidays coming up!