Rest day here. I ran the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon on Saturday and finished in 1:56:17 for a 7:16 PR!
My previous PR was set back in April, so that shows me how far I've come this year. Mini race report below.
My plan for the rest of the year is unstructured but will include running when I feel like it, yoga, cross training, and some badly needed core and strength training. My next race is a 5k on New Years' Day, and my next marathon is in April. So I am going to enjoy these next few weeks before training ramps up again.
Race report: Rehoboth Beach marathon and half marathon were extremely well organized. Great small town races with great volunteers and logistics. New husband and I stayed a block from the race start. He and my brother ran the full, and I ran the half. We got up at 6am for a 7am race start
and headed to the start line around 6:45am. The weather was perfect: 38* and no wind at race time. There were about 1650 half marathoners and 950 full marathoners. We started off down the streets of Rehoboth Beach and I kept it slow the first 2 miles before settling into race pace. I was aiming for 8:45s. At mile 3, the half marathoners split off from the full marathoners, and we headed back towards town and the packed dirt trail that several miles of the race was run on. Miles 1-4 were 9:44, 9:16, 8:53, and 8:46. Once we hit the trail, it was was pretty narrow, and there were still some runners that were running 3-4 across even though there was 2-way traffic on the trail with the leaders already coming back towards us.
Several times I sped up to get past gluts of people just so I could have some clear real estate ahead of me. The trail turnaround was at mile 9. Heading out to the turnaround, I passed a guy in a dark blue jacket with neon green accents. He noticed my passing him, so he sped up and got back in front of me. We went back and forth for a few minutes, then he just took off ahead of me to the turnaround. Miles 5-9 were 8:51, 8:42, 8:48, 8:50, and 8:52. At the turnaround I knew there were only 4 miles left, and I wanted to keep up my pace, so I was looking for similar-paced people to run with. By this time I had caught back up with blue and green jacket guy, so I pulled up next to him and just ran his exact same pace. We picked up another guy behind us, loud breather guy, and the three of us worked together for a few miles. Jacket guy started to fall back and loud breather guy encouraged him, but when we emerged from the trail with ~1.5 miles left to go, I was out ahead and I wasn't sure how far back jacket guy and breather guy were. Jacket guy came back up beside me and started pulling away in the last half mile. I stayed just off his shoulder and finished a few seconds behind him. I'm not sure where loud breather finished, but it was behind us somewhere. Miles 10-finish were 8:54, 8:37, 8:19; 8:21 and 1:29 for the final 0.2 for 7:57 finishing pace.
1:56:17 chip time, and I am thrilled. I finally ran the race I knew I was capable of running this year. Since there was no formal bag drop, I jogged (at almost race pace, WTF) a half mile back to the hotel to grab all of our gear before attempting to jog back to the finish to see the marathoners at mile 18 and then the finish. I was so spent I couldn't jog back, but I did make it back in time to see new husband and brother pass mile 18. New husband had an ok race coming in right at 4 hours for his 3rd marathon in 8 weeks, and brother turned in a 4:47 for his second marathon in 6 weeks. A good race weekend for everyone!
I highly recommend this race, just be aware that ~6 miles of it is on a narrow packed dirt trail which isn't optimal and might cost you a few second here and there with traffic build up. I think it also contributed to some odd soreness in my feet since I'm used to running on asphalt. Thanks for reading!