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Race Recap: The Woodlands Half Marathon

by Christa on April 6, 2013

in Race Recaps

I was shooting for a PR at this race but ended up being a little disappointed with my time.  I was hoping for more like 1:52.  BUT to be fair, I did not give it my all.  I went out with the goal to still have gas in the tank at the end (who am I, right?) and not feel like shit.  Hey, I had a 50 mile ride on Sunday and did not want to be completely spent.  So I spent most of the race holding myself back….I now know I could have pushed a little harder and been ok, but oh well.  Next time. I guess KNOWING I could have gotten the 1:52 is almost as good as actually doing it.  Psych, no it ain’t.

Went up the night before with a few fun gals….think we might have gotten addicted to Duck Dynasty, which we watched before going to sleep.  Pretty funny.

Race ready in the Marriott lobby – Marisa, Aimee, me, Emily

At Mile 4 my buddy Brian caught up to me and we ran together for a bit before I walked through the water stop (standard).  He took off and I couldn’t catch him!

Shane totally PR’ed his spectating by catching me three times on a half marathon!  Saw him at mile 6, he asked how I was and I said, “tired.”  It usually takes me 3 or 4 miles to really find my groove but this time I felt sleepy.  Gave him a kiss (other spectators awwwwwwed) and kept going.

Yeah, it’s all fun and games til about mile 9, 3383.

The next time I saw him was at Mile 10.  Gave him my arm warmers and ear band, it got hotter than I expected. 3 miles to go, here I come.  Haulin it in to the finish.

Don’t know why but felt like the finisher chute lasted for 3/4 mile. Crazy long.  Final time 1:56:44.  I’ll take it.  Oh and Emily got a new PR at Woodlands!! Yay!!  She is on the San Diego team with us this year and shooting for her first full – gonna crush it!
My new race photo op thing is pointing at my bib like people care about my number.  I tried finger guns but those look stupid.  Might be back to “hook ‘em horns” signs – why would I ever give that up?

Worst race recap ever.  Strike that – the worst race recap is saved for the worst race – Oceanside 70.3.  Comin up – great trip, horrible race.  Gah.

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Crystal@TheFastFitRunner April 14, 2013 at 5:41 am

In about 3.5 months, I will be expecting someone (you) to be making some race plans with me! =) Right now, I am definitely thinking some of the Houston marathon warm up races, maybe Memphis Full in December, Disney with TNT, and Houston….not sure what else. Think about it. Fun fun fun times!


Christa April 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I am looking at Woodlands for my A race next season. We’ll see what kind of shape I’m in!


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