The Huntsville Half Marathon was held on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Rick and I were both able to run since we had sitters for the kids at the race. This race has a big turnout of nearly 900 people, including a couple who got married during the race (see here)! The weather was almost 50 degrees and sunny at the start.
I'd had a bad cough that had been lingering for over a week, but it wasn't bothering me too much this morning. I didn't train hard for this race (Rick's been out of town some the last 2 weeks so I've had limited running), but I figured I was in decent shape and would try to get close to my time from last year (1:30:53).
I went into the race much too fast. Not seeing the first mile marker was hard for me, though I somewhat judged my time by the people I knew around me. I vied for a spot among the top women during the first few miles. Kathy and I went back and forth a little and ran together some, and Kylie and I did the same until I passed her around Mile 5. At Mile 8, Kathy kept going and I fell back. I knew I'd started too fast and saw my splits get higher and higher. I think being sick all week took a lot of my strength and energy today, and I just tried to hold on as long as I could. I was doing some bad math in my head and thought I could still PR, but I missed it by 30 seconds. My time was 1:31:17, a time I'm happy with given the conditions for me today.
A new friend and blog reader, Alison Fields, took this picture of Kathy and me approaching Mile 7. We are on the greenway section of the course.
|Kathy and Katie|
Picture by Alison Fields
Miles 1-2 13:29
Mile 3 6:47
Mile 4 6:57
Mile 5 6:37
Mile 6 6:50
Mile 7 6:55
Mile 8 7:02
Mile 9 7:12
Mile 10 7:07
Mile 11 7:07
Mile 12 7:32
Mile 13 +.1 7:37
1:31:17 Official Time (7:00 pace)
4th Overall Female
A Few Numbers:
*So here are the ages of the top 8 woman: 26, 38, 22, 35, 25, 24, 26, 28. Kathy is 38, and I am 35. She remarked after the race that we are still running strong, just as we were a decade ago. I am proud to have held my own amongst all of the youngsters in this race!
*A generic rule-of-thumb is that you take your half marathon time, double it, and then add 10 minutes, and you get what you can run a marathon in. Well, if you apply that formula to my half today, you will get 3:12:32, almost to the second what I got in Baltimore last month (3:12:31). McMillan calculates my half marathon time at 1:31:29 given my Baltimore time. So my half marathon time correlates very well with my recent marathon time.
It was great having Gregg Gelmis take pictures of us before and after the race. Below are Julia and Kylie with me. Both girls did amazing out there today too. Julia got a PR of 1:37 and ran a good race. Kylie is proving to be tough competition for me. We are both pushing each other at many local races. Her strength is definitely in the 5Ks and 10Ks, but she is training for her first marathon now, and I'm sure she will do well at that distance too.
|Katie, Julia, and Kylie|
|Julia, Katie, Allison, and Michelle|
Kathy placed first in our age group but got an overall prize, leaving me to get first in the age group. This race has the best age group awards I've ever seen. For ONE race, I got a coffee mug with race logo, nice glass plaque, reflective runner's vest (got one last year and LOVE it and wear it all the time), AND gift card to Fleet Feet. Awesome prizes!
|LOTS of goodies!|
Closing ThoughtsI would love to train for and race another half marathon. Doing only one a year doesn't give me much room for improvement, especially since I was getting over an illness today. I am considering adding one more half marathon into my winter racing schedule. I would love to get my time under 1:30 one day, and I think I could if I trained more specifically for this distance.