Revel Half Marathon Recap – Huge Bear Race
Right here’s a brand new half marathon race recap for Revel Huge Bear. I’ll attempt to hold it as quick because the race course as a result of I’m a lil out of the behavior of writing full size weblog posts and it looks as if lots of us are out of the behavior of studying full size posts! (Appropriate me if I’m improper on this – it’s a subject that very long time readers have requested about.)
I stayed with my godparents the night time earlier than the race. They reside about quarter-hour from packet pick-up and race day parking. That is tremendous useful as a result of whereas all race days require an early wake-up name (excluding night races like Rock N Roll Las Vegas), races that require you to take a bus to the beginning line space imply it is advisable to get there hours forward of the particular begin time.
However earlier than we speak about race morning… let’s speak in regards to the expo and pre-race dinner!
The expo was small and nicely organized. The whole Revel Race sequence appears to be a race placed on by runners for runners – so regardless that it appears like a small race, the swag and post-race arrange all have massive race vibes. I received my bib, shirt and hat (additional perk as a result of that’s how they do it) and was out of the expo in underneath 10 minutes. There have been cute picture ops, however I used to be operating late for dinner and didn’t cease for any photographs or video.
Since I used to be staying with my Nino and Nina we deliberate to exit to dinner. They talked about Chinese language meals and I used to be all about it. That’s MY FAVORITE PRE RACE FOOD!!!
After dinner we stopped at Walgreens so I may run in and purchase a few of these lil hand hotter issues as a result of the beginning line was going to be FREEZING. I didn’t see any and was about to ask after I thought of these warmth wraps that go round your decrease again. It’s the identical factor because the hand ones, however BIGGER (and I assumed higher). So, I purchased a decrease again warmth wrap to put on as a private heater earlier than the race. I assumed it was genius, nevertheless it didn’t find yourself working that nicely. I assumed I’d put on it with the new half on the entrance and maintain my arms towards it, however I couldn’t really feel it via my garments. So it was in all probability conserving my core hotter, however didn’t assist my frozen arms.
Runners doing Revel Huge Bear Half or Full Marathon must take a bus to the beginning line. The busses began loading at 4am. For the complete marathon you needed to be on the bus by 4:30am on the newest and for the half it was 4:45am.
I plan my race day morning round when I’ve to go away the home or lodge to get to the beginning. So, for this race I wished to go away by 3:45am… which meant a 3am alarm (and a 3:12am alarm as a back-up). I didn’t want the second alarm in any case as I awoke a number of instances all through the night time frightened I’d sleep via it. Once I awoke at 2:45am I made a decision to simply rise up and begin preparing.
I laid out my Flat Runner the night time earlier than with every thing I used to be going to put on and take with me to the race. Along with my operating gear I had ‘throw away’ garments, that are issues like coats or robes you put on earlier than the race after which toss to the facet when the race begins. The race organizers collect it up and lots of donate the garments to locations that gather these items.
TIP: Convey a prime layer you’re prepared to toss as a result of the beginning line is FREEZING.
I don’t count on to get sufficient sleep earlier than a race, however all of the abrupt wake-ups I had via the night time made me really feel additional drained. However she endured… and made espresso.
I received to the parking space to catch the bus to the beginning line in good time. There have been indicators with arrows indicating which buses have been for the half marathon and those for the complete marathon. And the strains to get on the buses moved shortly. I made associates in line and it was good to talk on the bus experience as much as the beginning line.
As soon as we received to the beginning my new buddy (Hello Renee!) and I received within the porta potty line. I misplaced her after that and was wanting round once they introduced it was final name to go away your drop bag. (You bought a bag on the expo to make use of if you happen to wished to drop off a bag firstly line and so they’d take it to the end line the place you possibly can choose it up.) So, I dropped off my bag and realized we have been 5 minutes out from the beginning!!
I headed to the beginning… and adjusted the final minute issues like getting my playlist prepared to begin, turning on my watch and saying a prayer.
And simply earlier than I crossed the beginning line I spotted I used to be nonetheless sporting the warmth wrap factor. I ditched that instantly so I wouldn’t get tousled in it making an attempt to run and take it off.
The beginning of the race was a little bit anti-climactic because the Nationwide Anthem was a recording and the bulletins have been minimal (versus a Race MC that’s yelling over the music with final minute directions and making an attempt to get you puffed up). The runners in entrance of me began transferring and I spotted.. The race is beginning! So, I began my watch, music and myself (operating).
The Revel Huge Bear Half Marathon course is nearly all downhill – with some components being extra of downhill grade than others. The primary few miles really feel very downhill and after standing round in freezing temperatures earlier than the beginning – I couldn’t really feel my ft, nevertheless it appeared like I used to be going out very quick. It made me nervous as a result of there are some bumps within the highway and I used to be afraid I’d roll an ankle since I didn’t really feel in command of my frozen ft.
TIP: For those who run this race – pay attention to the divots within the highway particularly close to the painted strains separating lanes.
I didn’t have a selected time purpose for this race since I haven’t been coaching for a half marathon purpose. However, I did need to run it like a race and see what I may do proper now.
My different latest half marathon races weren’t an enormous assist in estimating a end time as a result of I felt off through the Lengthy Seashore Half Marathon [2:01:27] and felt quite a bit higher through the Mission Inn Half Marathon [1:53:57]. The climate was quite a bit hotter and humid on the Lengthy Seashore Half, nevertheless it wasn’t summer time temperatures. The Mission Inn Half was cooler, but in addition hillier (which normally slows me down greater than sizzling climate).
I didn’t know what tempo I ought to goal for… however undoubtedly didn’t assume it might be a lot sooner than 1:49. For no matter purpose it went via my head that 5 minutes sooner than my final half (the place I felt good) made sense.
So, after I was operating and noticed the 1:50 pacer (Dave – who I met on the bus!) – I assumed I ought to decelerate and run with them for some time. I didn’t need to run previous them, slam into the wall later within the race and find yourself strolling the final 3 miles. However, I felt like I’d’ve needed to decelerate A LOT and I felt good (in fact I did although – we have been only a mile in!!). I spotted I would remorse it later, however I didn’t need to sluggish my tempo but. I made a decision to not try to stick with a tempo group, simply run no matter felt good for proper now and decelerate if I felt the course flatten out or I felt like I used to be getting drained.
I didn’t have a look at my watch in any respect as a result of I felt like I used to be operating quick and that was getting me pumped as much as hold going. If I noticed my tempo was slower than I assumed it might’ve taken the air out of my sails and I’d be a sailboat caught within the ocean with no wind (besides on this case I’d be a runner caught at mile 7 of a half marathon crying by the facet of the highway).
Mainly, I attempted to run as quick as I felt I may keep for about 10 miles after which I’d reassess. I assumed it might flatten out round mile 10 and I’d must decelerate anyway. So, I wished to benefit from the downhill whereas it lasted.
Nicely, I felt prefer it lasted till about mile 12!! It was solely in direction of the final mile if you run into city (no extra 2 lane highway down) and it flattens out in comparison with the beginning. It could be the final 2 miles, however both method – it wasn’t a really abrupt change till the very finish. Once you’re operating a downhill race and get to a flat a part of the course – it appears like somebody pulled the brake in your physique. It feels arduous to maintain operating and really arduous to maintain operating on the quick tempo you have been doing downhill. However – I didn’t really feel that till the final mile. And by that point I assumed I’d made such good time I ought to actually try to push myself to complete sturdy.
I nonetheless hadn’t checked out my watch at this level so I didn’t know what my end time could be. And I used to be afraid to verify in case it was disappointing since that will mess with my confidence to complete sturdy. (Working actually does take a lot psychological energy too!)
Anyway. I simply targeted on ending sturdy. I knew that if nothing else I’d be happy with myself for doing my finest that day and it might be an excellent image of the place I’m in my operating health proper now.
My Revel Huge Bear Half Marathon End Time: 1:38:45
I’m proud of this end time. It’s sooner than something I’ve run since I broke my foot (proper earlier than the pandy – which added additional obstacles to coming again to operating).
And I can run sooner. I do know it as a result of I didn’t practice my butt off to run a quick half marathon. If I did a half marathon coaching program with speedwork AND had an excellent day on race day – I’d run sooner. You’ll too. I’ve to do the work to get sooner, nevertheless it appears extra attainable now. HARD WORK – WORKS.
The most effective a part of this half marathon is that it helped my confidence. Just a few weeks after I broke my foot all of the races have been cancelled for a yr. So, I didn’t have a comeback race to work in direction of. I didn’t have the accountability or motivation of a race coaching plan with a purpose race on the finish. And when in individual races began coming again I felt so sluggish and off form it was arduous to think about working in direction of any time purpose – at that time I simply wished to complete the gap! Now I do know I can do extra than simply run 13.1 miles. I can do it sooner than earlier than if I do the work. And so are you able to.
After the race I lastly met Heather from @Heatherunz in individual. She received 2nd place within the half marathon!! Heather was on the Run Eat Repeat podcast some time again and I need to ask her again for an excuse to talk some extra. Then, we frolicked with Kelly from Sparkle Athletic. She was sporting the cutest vacation sparkle skirt and visor! Positively test it out if you happen to love a cute operating ‘match right here –> Sparkle Athletic.
I additionally met lots of @RunEatRepeat Instagram followers and semi-met a couple of as I used to be operating and heard the hellos! Like it. Thanks a lot for following a protracted and studying. I actually admire it.
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