Run for Your Momma Half Marathon
Half Marathon #21
August 11, 2018
I ran this race last year and did not love it. The views were good, but I remember writing last year about the rocks and hills and boo-hooing about my pace and time, yada yada.
Only decided to run it again because I’ve added a half marathon to our Rodeo Run in Pretty Prairie and I thought I’d add another summer-ish race of that distance to my experiences with that in mind.
This year was a whole different experience. Loved every minute of my time on the course this year.
Of course, it meant a dark and early drive to Marion once again for the 6:30 start, but once I got there, it was all good.
Building at the lake
Picked up my packet, visited the rest room, attached my bib, walked to the start line and got ready to run.
’80s themed stuff
We started a couple minutes late, but no worries. Soaked in the nice temps and bowed for the pre-race prayer before we all took off.
I had no expectations, time-wise, other than my hope to stay at least somewhat steady. I was also hoping to start really slow and gradually speed up throughout. One of these two things would happen. Stay tuned.
Enjoying the horizon
Started off with an 8:40 first mile. That would prove to be my fastest of the day. I told myself to walk the aid stations and make sure to stay hydrated since I didn’t feel like carrying anything with me.
Slowed to grab a drink, then stopped to pee early in mile 2. That one wound up at 9:10, my slowest of the day. Wait, what? Yeah. All 13-plus miles fell between that 30-second window of 8:40-9:10. I was really happy with that.
Can’t beat a good sunrise in the country.
While I had no intention of going fast or even speeding up much, if any, since I was already a little faster than planned, I still managed to pass some folks as the miles ticked by.
Probably my favorite shot of the day. Spoiler: That’s fog, not water.
My steady splits continued, despite walking through the aid stations. I really just told myself to try to sustain it for as long as possible. Really happy with how that played out throughout the morning.
About mile 3, the course turned from dirt/gravel to pavement in town. I like the change-up of the views here, as Marion is really a fairly nice town. My great-grandparents lived there and I visited a few times as a kid.
Nice little water tower shot in town.
We got a few miles in town before hitting the dirt/gravel roads again for a bit. I spent several miles chasing a really badass lady pushing a stroller. Tough course to do that on. She’s a warrior.
I finally caught up to her somewhere between miles 8 and 9. She slowed up a bit the rest of the way, but still did amazing. If she had not pushed me (without knowing it) the way she did, I likely would not have finished as well as I did.
Still not worried about my time. Chillin’ around mile 7.5.
We got almost to mile 10 when we hit pavement again for a loop around the lake the rest of the way. A couple hills here, but nothing as bad as I thought I remembered from the year before. I definitely handled everything much better this time around.
I’m telling you, man: Solid views.
I caught up to a few more people on my trip around the lake. I was able to sustain — and even improve — my overall pace a bit.
In 2017, I finished this race in 1:59:35 and was upset. I had started off fast with high expectations and faltered hard.
This year? I never really hit a wall, finished in 1:56:48 and couldn’t have been happier. I enjoyed it a lot more, that’s for sure. What a great day for it, weather-wise, too. That always helps.
Splits — 8:40 | 9:10 | 8:44 | 9:03 | 9:03 | 8:50 | 8:59 | 8:44 | 8:46 | 9:07 | 8:55 | 8:56 | 8:42 | 7:48 (0.14)
I finished 14th place overall out of 42 finishers in the half marathon. Whatever, man. I’m not mad about it.
After enjoying an ice cold bottle of water at the finish, it was back over to the lake building for breakfast.
Biscuits + gravy were the highlight here
After being unsure if I’d return after 2017, I now can say I’m almost certain I’ll return again for this one. It’s crazy how perspectives can change.
My shirt, bib and medal.
I even saw a sign for the race on my way out of town — it was pretty dark on my way in.
Thanks for a good race, Marion.
Next up: Kansas Law Enforcement Run to Remember 10K — Saturday, August 25 — Topeka