Saturday, October 31, 2009

My feet are still a little prunelike...

and I am quite proud of it :) The Silver Comet Half Marathon this AM was, in a word, wet. Not drizzly but more of steady rain for most of 13 miles. The kind of rain that would keep you in bed if you were prone to bailing at the last minute for these sorts of things (which I am). I probably would have bailed if it were a 5 or 10k. I was looking forward to the race and no rain shower was going to keep me fron getting out of bed at 4:45 to do it. OK, it wasn't exactly that easy to get out of bed but ...

I was actually there pretty early. I checked the website yesterday and it said the race started at 7:30. It turned out it was closer to 8:00. Luckily, the rain didn't start until about the time the race was ready to start so there weren't 2,000 people huddled under any available shelter. As I arrived an picked up my number, it was still dark out. I get my number, pins and timing chip and make my way to a crub to assemble everything. As I am doing so I opt to walk behind the lady giving announcements in the middle of the parking lot. I guess I felt it would be rude to walk right in front of her. As I did so I stumbled on her microphone cord and there was a brief moment of silence. She was dressed as a witch and gave me a little witchy look. I apologized profusely and scampered away quickly to avoid a curse being placed on my person. So much for not calling attention to myself. In my defense, it was dark. The defense rests.

The race was a fairly small event (or smaller than what I have been used to for longer distance races - this was not ING or Disney) so there weren't corrals. The organizers did do a good job of getting people to line up by their pace. It seemed to work pretty well. Even though the trail is pretty narrow I never felt like I was constantly darting in and around people who might be walking or running at a slower pace.

The Silver Comet Trail is a paved rail trail. Very scenic, quiet and lovely. There were no bands, no cheerleaders, no screaming fans, no Disney characters. None of the things I have been spoiled with in my past races. It was me, nature and about 2,000 runners. Quite the test for someone who appreciates a lot of disctraction as she runs. Luckily, there were plenty of runners who did dress for the occasion. Wonder woman, batman and robin (both male and female versions of the duo - which made me wonder who drew the short stick and had to be robin - how do they decide), supergirl, a pumpkin and some bunnies. The costumes were few and far between. I am guessing because of the rain or possibly the distance. Running a 5k dressed up like a go go dancer or an elf is one thing but to run a half marathon in the rain, well...

All in all a good race, not a PR but wasn't really expecting one. I am kind of in a "finish with a decent pace" mode. The race might have been a little too peaceful for my taste. It was a long out and back on a single road. At the end, I could have used a church choir or local HS cheerleading squad to keep my mind off of the long, not so winding road. I will give props for the nice race shirts and buffalo sliders (YUM). At the end on the water table instead of giving out paper cups with water or bottled water, they had large sports bottles with the race logo filled with water to take. They were nice bottles and a pretty cool idea. When I got done, I was soaked to the bone. My clothes were as wet as a bathing suit even after the hour drive home. My feet, still shriveled up like someone who sat a little too long in the bath. Off to take a nap!

7 comments:

Cyclediva said...

Congratulations on your finish. Running that far in a heavy rain is tough. One of my proudest marathons was LA in 2000--about 40 degrees and pouring the whole race.

Meg Runs said...

So sorry the church choir didn't show up to cheer you on but it sounds like you had a nice run and are happy about it anyway! Nap away!

Cindy said...

good job on the wet hm! i always get such bursts of energy when there are people cheering- it's a lot harder when it's quiet on the course!

AZ said...

Nicely done. I'm impressed that you did it in such rain.

Jennifer said...

Greetings! I have been reading your blog and really enjoy it. Your race report is great, sounds like your feet will need a good drying out! Thanks for sharing. We have a couple of blogger friends in common, small world! Thought I would finally say hi!

ShirleyPerly said...

Nice job on your half marathon!!

I've biked on the Silver Comet Trail before and can't imagine 2000 runners on it. I'm glad they were able to get people lined up by pace well. To have to run in the rain and be stuck behind folks who lined up wrong would have been very frustrating.

Hope your feet are back to normal now :-)

lindsay said...

congrats on the rainy half! a small(er) race is often a nice change of pace for me - i certainly enjoy a less-hectic race morning at the small races. hope the rain (or the witch) didn't cast a post-race cold on you!