Chocolate Rush Half Marathon
Half marathon #20
February 3, 2018
After running this race last year, I thought it would be fun to return. Good miles + good chocolate = a good time. Two weeks after running the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon, I think I may have run once in between the two events. I’ve got to find time to run again. It’s going to be a battle getting back into shape, but I’ve got some races on my calendar to focus on, so it’s time… Meanwhile…
Kami and Bryant didn’t make the trip for this one. C’mon, warmer weather! Knew I’d be slow, but figured I’d just try to maintain a steady pace (ha) and have some fun.
The race started/finished on the campus of Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe. I entered the building wear packets were being handed out to collect mine before returning to the car to prep for the start.
The shirts were white again this year (ugh), but dri-fit. Normally, I don’t hope for “tech” shirts at races because they never fit right. This one fits fine. But it’s white, so I’ll never wear it as my outer layer. Could work as an under shirt, though.
I was hoping to avoid the hat and heavier gloves, but the wind made for a colder day than I’d thought, so I had to be prepared.
Temperature: 24-28 degrees
Real feel: 20-24 degrees
Wind: 13-16 MPH
I started out slow by design. Having pace groups for a half marathon always throws me off. I almost never have any interest in running with a pace group — or hearing other humans talk, so I was bummed about my decision to not take the headphones.
Had to stop and pee at the port-a-potty at mile 2.6, but continued on and kept my pace semi-steady. For awhile, anyway. This would wound up being my second slowest half marathon ever. Second only to the Cow Pie Trail Run Half Marathon I ran in Loup City, Nebraska in late 2014. That was ALL hills/trails. This was mostly flat pavement. Yeah, so I was slow.
As expected, I hit a wall. Did a good amount of walking the last several miles and just wound up happy to be done.
Splits: 9:32, 9:20, 9:43, 9:33, 9:23, 9:29, 9:44, 9:50, 10:50, 11:41, 13:16, 13:28, 13:44, 11:05 (0.13)
Yeesh. Bad, man. Whatever, time for chocolate.
The donut was stale, the marshmallow was stale and seemed like it was a year old and the chocolate was bitter. Last year’s selection was great, this year it was just awful. Major bummer.
I sat around in the gym for a bit. Chatted with a couple people briefly — mostly about the disappointing selection of chocolate — before I decided I’d take off and head for home.
So, while I’m happy I did this race a second time and I didn’t have an awful experience, I sort of doubt that I will return.
The bad chocolate coupled with white shirts in back-to-back years, plus poor marketing of the race and results mess-ups… Yeah, probably not worth my time/money/effort to return to this one.
Next up: I’m actually not sure. I’m not currently signed up for anything at the moment. The next race I plan to do is Flint Hills 50 on April 21 — but who knows if I’ll find a smaller event prior to that to sign up for in the meantime.