I’ve been waiting for official photos to be posted so I can share what must have been a pained look on my face the entire race but apparently they’re really slow at releasing photos this year. I realized I’d better hurry and recap this race before I forget the details.
The most important detail is I PR’d!
We drove down to Bend the day before the race. I hydrated with Gatorade all along the 6 hour drive but couldn’t help but have a sour beer at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, and another one at Solera Brewery in Parkdale, Oregon.
Artwork at Solera Brewery
Chris & Robert enjoying a beer at Solera Brewery
Mt. Hood from the back patio of Solera Brewiery
Once we arrived in Bend, Chris & Robert headed over to the Little Woody Barrel-Aged beerfest and I stayed back at our rental house (conveniently located just down the road from the beerfest) so I could continue hydrating and preparing mentally for the morning race.
Robert told me I slept really peacefully and I probably did because I woke feeling fully rested. The race didn’t start until 8:15 but I got up at 6:30 to eat half a peanut butter bagel and a banana. We headed over at 7:30 so I could fetch my bib and t-shirt. Robert immediately headed off on a 20 mile training run. The plan was for him to finish his 20 miler just before I finished my half marathon. Naturally that didn’t work out the way we’d planned it. I sat in the car for about 15 minutes with the heat on (it was about 50 degrees outside; warmer than in previous years but also overcast; perfect running weather) and then headed into the Sunriver Lodge to use their luxurious facilities. I made my way to the start line with 2 minutes to spare. I’m a total pro at this event!
My goal was to maintain an overall 9:29 pace which would have me finishing at just over 2:04. I was pretty sure it was going to be tough to maintain that pace but I also knew I was capable of doing it based on my 10K and 15K mock-races I’d done earlier in the summer.
The first few laps were warmup paces:
Mile 1: 9:42.1
Mile 2: 9:35.6
Mile 3: 9:31.2
I then attempted to hit target pace for the next 7 miles:
Mile 4: 9:24.1
Mile 5: 9:36.5 (which, according to my Garmin, was only .75 miles)
Mile 6: 9:24.9 (I grabbed and gagged down a Clif gel at the water stop)
Mile 7: 9:31.3
Mile 8: 9:34.5
Mile 9: 9:36.4
Mile 10: 9:37.8 (another short mile)
The last few miles were supposed to be slightly faster paces to even out the slower start:
Mile 11: 9:42.1 (nope)
Mile 12: 9:31.1 (a few deer ran in front of me…pretty!)
Mile 13: 9:24
My Garmin said I ran 12.76 miles for an overall 9:33 pace.
The official results say I ran 2:01:50 at a 9:27 pace. Clearly, the course was short. A 2:01:50 half marathon is a 9:18 pace.
So, yes. I’m super excited that I PR’d and ran so well but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t run a full half marathon.
The course looks really flat when you’re standing there looking at it but there was clearly a hill at mile 10 and I really felt it; there was a lot of heavy breathing. I had to dig deep to maintain a sub 9:45 pace. I kept passing people who clearly didn’t care as much as I did about slowing down. As I neared the finish line I felt like I had given it 100%. My body was done!
I walked through all the water stops and mostly drank water vs. sports drink with a few exceptions (I learned my lesson from the rock and roll half that too much energy drink can be painful).
I passed a 12 year old and his mom and dad around mile 6. At mile 11 the 12 year old and his mom passed me. The kid was clearly hurting but his mom was cheering him on. She kept yelling at him (he was about 5 feet behind her): “Pass her! You can do it! Pass that yellow lady!” They passed me and finished about a minute ahead of me. Go mom!
When I got to the finish line there was no Robert in sight. I grabbed some food and a drink and walked around for a bit and still no Robert. After about 10 minutes I headed towards the car and he came running past me with a few more feet to run to get in his 20 miler. Somehow he thought I told him I was shooting for a 2:15 finish. Clearly, he’s tuning me out because I went into this whole boring story about my goal pace of 9:29 and my hoping to PR by as much as 10 minutes blah blah blah blah blah.
I came in 93rd place overall (181 finishers), 7th out of 18 in my age group, and 46th out of 112 women.
My feet never hurt me. Nothing really hurt. My psoas got a little tight but quickly recovered. Once I hit the finish line I was good to go. Ready to enjoy the beerfest (and that we did, plus 2 more days of beer festivities in both Bend and Portland).
My 2 favorite songs that played during my run: Starships by Nicki Manaj and Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
More photos from the weekend. I can’t wait to do this all over again next year!
Vespa helps me pack for our trip to Bend
Post race free beer from Sunriver Brewery
Cucumber sour “breakfast beer” from 10 Barrel
Race long-sleeved tee. I really like this one!