The Hangover Half Marathon is run at the same time as the Bill Hogan 3.5 miler and is part of the free Winter Series races I do during the winter. The half started at noon and when I arrived to check-in I was shocked at the line and the number of people waiting to sign up for the races. Thankfully, I had pre-registered this year so all I had to do was skip past the line (YEAH!!), initial that I was there, and get my bib. New this year: bibs! Have I mentioned the Winter Series are low key? Well, they are so getting a bib was a huge deal. Amanda and I were pinned and ready to go so we headed outside to get our garmins connected and ready to go (it never fails, one of us has troubles with our garmin). Thankfully there were no garmin technical issues this race.
It was a perfect race day: partly cloudy, 45F with a very light breeze. We were off and running and did the first ~3 miles with a friend who was running the 3.5 mile race. Right around mile 3 those running the shorter race veered off and we kept going straight. It may have been a perfect day for a race, but it is a boring race. You can see below the loop we ran. We started to the left of the map. First we ran the outside loop. Second we ran the inside loop. Third we ran the outside loop. Then we repeated the inside and outside loops. Finally we headed back to the starting area.
|garmin shows the way|
|picture this with no leaves and add snow brims|
|one of the more interesting parts of the course...a turn|
Here is my problem with yesterday's race...well, problems as there were multiple. We were directed the correct way but a friend of a friend was told to go the wrong way and we also saw some course marshals forget to tell a runner to turn so she had to backtrack and find her way again. Then there was the food. I read some other blogs and talked to some people who ran yesterday. I KNOW WE RUN SLOW, but save some for us. People who finished before us had bread, drinks (coffee, hot chocolate, water), orange slices, pizza, soup, cookies, and more. When we finished there was only 1.5 pans of picked over bread and some peanut butter & jelly left when we finished (some means the jars should have been tossed because they you would need a spatula to get the little bit of food out of them). Please do not start a race right when I am usually eating lunch and then have no food after. It makes for a very grumpy Suzy.
Now the kicker: our times are completely different than what our garmins said. Let me explain. When I said Amanda and I ran together, I mean the whole entire race. If one of us needed to stretch or walk, we both did. If one of us wanted to walk through the water stops, we both walked. We crossed the start and finish lines TOGETHER. It is my assumption that when two people cross the finish line together they should have the same time (no chip timing, just people writing times and bibs down). Our finishing times are 2 minutes apart. Timing started when the horn blew, so every single person running had the same start time. To make it more interesting, my so-called finish time is 2 minutes slower than my garmin and Amanda's is about 2 minutes slower than my finish time. Amanda and I have both written to the race people and we hope to have this settled soon. So, for now I'm going with my garmin time of 2:21:52. Yes, it is my slowest half but I had a great time and wasn't out there to PR or even try to PR so I'm happy with how the race went.
This ended up much longer than I wanted it to be. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Next race I'll remember to take a camera along so I'll at least have some pictures to share.