Last Saturday was the third annual Wisconsin Half Marathon. Back in the fall, Erin and I made genius plans to run the Illinois Half Marathon the week before and this one the next weekend. Our logic was that we run 13 miles back-to-back during marathon training, why not run two races back to back?
I also feel the need to run this race every year, since Steven and I ran the inaugural as our first half marathon, and did really well. We went back last year and didn’t do quite as well. I figured this year would be fun and easy – I wasn’t trying to PR, a bunch of people from the running club would be there, and I got to run it with Erin!
Medals from 2009, 2010, and 2011
The weather ended up being nothing like predicted – it was supposed to be overcast and rainy, but it was warm and sunny (in the 50s), until we stopped running, and the temperatures drastically dropped (in to the 40s?). But that didn’t really affect my running (just how cold I was after the race). Anyway, long story short, the run (pace) was easy, but my Illiotibial Band was pulling on my knee and making it ache until about mile 8. Erin asked how I was doing around mile 3 and I told her that if it was a training run, I would probably stop. I thought I saw a DNF in my future, but dammit, I wanted that medal, and Erin reminded me that I didn’t really warm up until mile 8 at the half marathon the weekend before. So the last 5 miles of the race felt better than the first 8.
I DO NOT remember posing like that! I do remember pointing at Erin and saying to the photographer “We’re together!” but apparently he didn’t get the message.
The funny thing about this race is that it has been the same course all three years, but it seems hillier and hillier every year! Ha. I am just happy I didn’t bonk like last year. I finished in 2:05:21, which I think is pretty good for a “fun” run. You can see my garmin stats here.
It was fun that so many people from the club were there. I got to see my friend Terry finish his first marathon (in 3:33:something!). And many people in the club set PRs so it was fun to share their excitement! Erin had a few friends running from her club too, who also set new PRs. Maybe next year I will set a half marathon PR on this course. Or maybe Steven will want to run it again!
It’s been a few days since the race now, and my IT Band feels fine. I recovered from this race much quicker than I did from the half marathon the week before it!