Sunday, March 19, 2017

Race Recap: Shamrock Shuffle half marathon Harmony, PA



Ok, so I'm a little excited that I have competed in my first ever half marathon. I've never even run further than 11 miles so this was quite the accomplishment!

It was a local race, only about 15 minutes from my town, in Harmony, PA. They had options for the half, 5k, and a 1 mile race, or you could sign up for 2 races or all 3.

I decided on the shamrock shuffle half marathon a couple months ago and started a training plan for the distance!

I put in anywhere from 20-30 miles a week and did some speed work, hills, and long runs.

Fast forward to a week or so before the race and looking more into the course and details for the day. Everywhere I turned there was a warning that there is a crazy hard hill after mile 6. That this would be the hilliest course in the tri-state area. I thought, ok, I train on a lot of hills, and I've done hill workouts. Also, I live in western PA, its so so hilly everywhere here. how hard could it be?! This was a mistake, I totally underestimated this hill. I've learned my lesson.

OK, race day!

I had my outfit all ready!

Like my skirt? I made it, NBD

Picked up my BRF and headed to the start line.

I also made my BRF Hattie's skirt

We started and I thought, oh no, we went out too fast! My plan was 9-9:05 pace and I was seeing 8 on my watch.

Can you see where the hill was?!?!?!
968' of elevation gain.

Finally the finish line! But my watch said 12.75 miles?!?!?!?!
Half Marathon finishers!!

All in all, it was a fun race but def a challenge. I don't think I'd do it again just because it was so brutal.

My final time was 1:54:53
4th place in my age group
My watch said it was only 12.75 miles and a few other people commented that theirs said it was short too. This really bums me out. I want to brag about 13.1, but I don't think I actually earned that. I pushed it hard and I'm certain if there was that additional .35 miles I still would've finished under 2 hours which was my goal!

After the race I ate a lot of food, took an Epsom salt bath, foam rolled, and was just generally lazy!  I can't wait to pick out another race, I am thinking about focusing more on 10k's cause I really liked racing that distance.

How was your St, Patrick's Day?
Did you race this weekend?
Ever have a race measure shorter/longer than advertised?!?!?!

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