Race report: Hangover Half Marathon

Hangover Half Marathon

Half Marathon #33

January 1, 2020

Place: 126/171

Time: 2:33:14

logoYet another Hangover Half Marathon to start the year off on a good note.

Weather: Mid-20s to low-30s, low wind, sunshine.

I had no real goals going into this one, as I just wanted to get some miles in and enjoy my new watch I got for Christmas. Kami got me the Garmin Forerunner 945 watch — hands down the coolest and most unexpected Christmas gift I’ve ever received. I love it and am still playing with new features on it each day since.

I actually wound up running a pretty good pace in the early miles and felt good throughout. At the midway point, I decided I’d pick up the pace a little bit. I was on pace to finish in the 1:54 – 1:56 range if I maintained my pace — although I was actually speeding up.

early

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I feel you, bro.

UNTIL… I took a wrong turn. No, really. Myself and at least two other runners got off course and wound up going too far. When it was all said and done, I had run 15.38 miles — officially finishing my slowest half marathon time ever. But pace-wise, I wasn’t mad about anything. I still had a really good run overall.

finish

After ditching a couple layers and laughing about the extra mileage.

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Finisher swag.

Next up: Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon — Saturday, January 18

Race report: Hangover Half Marathon

Hangover Half Marathon

Half marathon #24

January 1, 2019

Place: 35/115

Time: 1:57:07

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Always good to start the year off with some miles — cold as they may be.

With a real feel of 8 degrees throughout the race, this would be pretty frigid. Thankfully, though, I managed to warm up — or at least go numb — a few miles in. That made for a tolerable run for the duration.

Love the cheap, low-key feel of this one.

I found a parking spot about 30 feet from the start line and lingered in my car until I absolutely had to get to the start line. From that point, I wasn’t thrilled about running. It was cold, man.

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Pre-race selfie.

And of course…

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Bib on shorts.

pre race cold

This perfectly captures my mentality in the moment: “Don’t talk to me. It’s cold. This is dumb.”

I didn’t look at my watch once until I stopped to pee, so I genuinely had no idea what my pace was like. My watch was covered by my sleeves for warmth, so I was actually fine with not looking at my watch. I looked once at that point, then not again until after the turnaround.

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In the first mile or two of the race.

I was moving faster than planned overall, but I had kept it steady thusfar and I was feeling pretty good.

After the turnaround, another runner caught up with me and we chatted a bit. We quickly realized we were running a similar pace and actually wound up running the last six miles or so together.

Actually made the miles tick by a little quicker having some company — especially with the gloomy, depressing-looking conditions.

Thanks for the miles, Rachel.

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About mile 11.5.

Aside from the mile with the turnaround with hills and ice thrown in (underlined below), my splits were fairly consistent, considering the conditions.

8:17, 8:19, 8:21, 8:25, 8:59, 8:42, 10:22, 9:06, 8:53, 8:35, 8:47, 9:16, 8:58, 7:35 (0.28)

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Finish line photo.

I really enjoy this event. As long as I live in the area (sort of), I’ll probably continue keep it going at this one.

Next up: Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon — January 19

Race report: Last Run & First Run 10Ks

Last Run 10K

December 31, 2014 — Lincoln, NE

10K #10

Place: 10/50

Time: 57:14

Made the trip to Lincoln for a couple races and a little getaway for the wife and I. I’d been sick for two or three days, and didn’t even feel like running. But the races were paid for, and I was there, so…

Last Run 10K took place at 10 PM on New Year’s Eve, starting/finishing at Ploughshare Brewery in Lincoln.

Coldest race I’ve ever participated in. Real feel temp at race time was -5 degrees. NEGATIVE five degrees. Woof. Wore a ton of layers. I wasn’t really racing, after all. Lots of slow moving, even some brief walking spurts as there was lots of snow and ice on the path, and with my throat still throbbing, it was tough to breathe even without the cold air. Finished in 57:14, my slowest 10K ever — one second slower than Kami and I ran the Manhattan Beach 10K together on our honeymoon. Slightly different conditions for that one. My place is an estimation, as this was a very unofficial “race” with no official finish line, or official time kept.

First Run 10K

January 1, 2015 — Lincoln, NE

10K #11, race #80

Place: 19/70

Time: 55:15

First Run 10K started at 10:30 AM on New Year’s Day, again from/to Ploughshare Brewery. Just a bit warmer, and just a bit faster. Still lots of layers — including my TMNT hat, shirt, and pajama pants. Looked goofy, but stayed warm-ish (real feel temp of 7 degrees at race time). Again, placement is an estimation as there was no official finish line or clock being used. Despite the extraordinarily slow-for-me times and well below freezing temps, this was a fun trip. Sweet medals + cool shirts. Not a lot else to say about these races. Fun event that I doubt I’d do again, but it was fun to do once.

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