Salt City Half Marathon
Half Marathon #22
October 6, 2017
My sixth time running this event — my most of any race, since I just started running 7.5 years ago.
I was very happy to hear some changes were being made this year — changes I’ve been hoping for since the event started. First one: Name change. Love the new one. Simple, to the point, fitting. Second: Moving from Sunday to Saturday. So much more convenient.
The course wasn’t something that bothered me at all in the past, but the update this year was great. Loved starting and finishing in the same spot and the fact that they put a spotlight on Main Street, even if just for one morning.
Another change made was the date. It was pushed back a couple weeks this year. The date isn’t something that bothered me either way, but I’m just glad to participate. You never know what you’re going to get with Kansas weather anyway. I expected to get rained on all day. Thankfully, just a few light sprinkles early. Lots of puddles, though, which was sort of fun.
Kami and Bryant were out like logs, but my mother-in-law, Lori, was willing to give me a ride to the start line. That was great. Didn’t really feel like running an extra 2.6 miles to get there prior to the race.
I took the above photo in the truck before she left and I headed to the start. Love the bibs especially this year. Shirt seems good, too. We’ll see how it wears on a run — should be fine.
On to the race: This was probably the steadiest half marathon I’ve run. I didn’t really have any expectations, but figured I’d be in the 2 hour – 2:10 range. I finished in 1:59:51 last year, when it was much warmer.
I also talked more during this race than I almost ever do. First couple of miles, I chatted with some guy named Mark, but there was a girl named Jessica on our heels, who wound up pulling up a bit and I ran with her the last 9-10 miles or so and talked quite a bit.
Turns out, she’s married to a guy from my hometown, who we spotted several times throughout. Fun times.
Zero complaints about my splits. In fact, I was thrilled with them. Finished in just a tick over 1:55. Had to drop back a few steps to let Jessica have her finish line photo. Ha!
After that mile four of almost 9 minutes, I thought for sure I’d continue to slip back. But I really settled in and hit a groove. Never really felt like I was pushing it much either, so that’s good.
Even took third place in my age group, collecting a pretty sweet little trophy.
Best of all, the boy got to go up with me when I was announced.
Of course, like everything else, he wanted to eat it.
It was a bit cold for him, but we still got to hang out a bit post-race.
All in all, I had a great time. No real action shots this year — we’ll blame the weather, but no worries. Still had lots of fun.
I needed to let myself enjoy this one because…
Next up: KRT 100 — Ottawa, KS — October 27-28