I really suck at this
Watching the TCS New York City Marathon today, I realized that I still haven't posted my recap of the Columbus half marathon!!!! Life got in the way a little bit, but quite honestly, I kept getting distracted by getting back into the gym and a tiny little Min Pin who likes sleeping on my lap all the time. I'm definitely needing a legit daily blogging challenge to get back on track!
So let's go back in time two weeks to Sunday October 19th. The quick version of this recap? I had three goals:
- Finish around last year's time of about 2:58:00 (easy goal)
- Finish in 2:45:00 (most likely goal)
- Finish in 2:30:00 (good but unlikely goal)
Official finish time of 2:44:58
- I'm a fan of the combined start/finish area. There were definitely some issues, but I feel like the hiccups that were experienced were mainly because it was the very first year for this change. People weren't using the family reunion area for that reason, so there was a HUGE backup where all the runners were exiting, which was made worse by the gear check pickup being right in that same area. I'm sure next year it will be even better.
- I'm also a fan of the new route for the most part. Some areas were definitely a bit more narrow (read: crowded) than I would've liked, so I can only imagine what those areas were like for mid-packers. Running past the hospital was a great change. I mean, it's the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon! We should totally run past the hospital! Seeing some of the patients and medical staff was a great change for sure.
- During my long runs on the Heritage Rail Trail, I would see a lot of the same people. There was one couple, dubbed Mr. & Mrs. Gazelle by yours truly, who ran beautifully and made six to seven minute miles look easy. I was somewhere between miles 2 and 3 when I glanced over to the right side of Broad Street, to see the really fast people making their way back up Broad Street nearing mile 7 (it may have been mile 6). Who do I see? Yup, Mr. & Mrs. Gazelle, once again making it look so effortless.
- Also during my long runs, mile 6 was nearly always my fastest and I would hit the wall around mile 8. Sure as s**t, mile 6 clocked in at 11:14 and mile 8.5 I hit the wall hard. No amount of Gummi Bears or salted caramel GU would cut it and I ended up doing a walk/run combo to the end.