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Race Recap: Dallas White Rock Marathon

by Christa on December 8, 2011

in Race Recaps,TNT,Weekend Recap

This past weekend I headed up to Dallas to race my 2nd FULL MARATHON!  I knew weather conditions were going to be pretty daunting (by Texas standards): high of 42 degrees and rain.  I don’t know why, but it always rains when I go to Dallas!

I honestly thought the race would be postponed or cancelled, or that we’d defer to the half.  So Kristen and I enjoyed a pre-race meal of champagne (thanks for hosting us for girls’ night, Marisa!) and homemade pizza!

It was indeed pretty miserable.  For gear I wore NorthFace running tights, a Nike dri-fit long-sleeved shirt, my TNT singlet, an Adidas purple running jacket, an Asics headband/earwarmer, Asics gloves, and Puma socks.  And of course my trusty Sauconys.   The race director said that all you’d need was a long-sleeved shirt and some shorts but I don’t think so, dude.

We walked a mile from the car at Fair Park….and only had to wait 5 minutes for the port-o-let – MIRACLE!

We waited even longer than that to crowd into our corral (hint: not A-1).  The first group took off promptly at 8am.

They had assured us that all racers would have crossed the start line by 8:30, but we were middle-of-the-pack and were exactly 30 minutes after gun time…yikes.  Little did we know that my family was waiting at the start line to see us begin our race.  Steph was leaning over the gate and I heard, “There she is!  Go Christa!” as we ran by.  Fun way to start!

Wellllllll, to make a long (very long) story short:  we held a steady 10:30 pace and got to the split (mile 8.5) a little over an hour and a half into the race.  It didn’t feel like almost 9 miles and we saw the sign above Granada Theater on Greenville Avenue that said Half Marathoners Turn Right, Full Marathoners Turn Left.  I looked at Kristen and said, “Ok, last chance,” and she replied, “Let’s go for it!”  Ah, so we did.  Left turn, and no going back.

Miles 12-21 around White Rock Lake were the worst.  Cold, lots of wind, and zero spectators.  I tried to just stay upbeat and be that crazy girl on the course who yells random things to keep everybody happy.  Yknow, stuff like, “ONLY TWO MORE MILES TO THE HOOTERS WATER STOP!  I SWEAR I ONLY STOP THERE FOR THE WINGS!”

Mile 20.5.  The Hooters girls passing out water, Gatorade, and – you guessed it – wings.  In case some runners want a nosh, I suppose.  Oh…and I took a PowerBar gel (tangerine flavor) at miles 6, 12, and 19.

They have a Start sign because they say this is where “the race begins.”  After this, you hit the “Dolly Parton Hills” – complete with impersonators.

We had a hard time those last few miles.  And apparently missed my dad waiting for us at mile 25 – and he missed us too!

Here’s a great shot my sis caught of us crossing the finish line – matching chip times, 5:07:18.  Not bad, all things considered.

Splits:

And that’s all, folks.  A little sore on Monday and Tuesday but nothing like after San Diego.  Plus – NO SUNBURN!! Love those overcast winter races.

Gunning for 4:40 in Houston on January 15th.  We shall see….

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terra December 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

Running in the rain is my least favorite activity. Especially when it’s cold – it makes it SO hard to stay motivated.

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JustMe December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

I can’t imagine anything worse in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE than being forced to eat a Hooter’s chicken wing mid-marathon….

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Christa December 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

hahahha I know…at mile 21, too!! no thank you.

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