In my never ending attempt to punish my body and hate my knees I’ve been training to what I hope will amount to another full marathon this year. Along the way I figured it would be a good idea to give a half marathon another shot. If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, I recommend you do, it’s called the city of bridges for a reason and running through its neighborhoods and streets is a very unique experience.
The morning of the race, we arrived with a little under 30 minutes to spare, which was not good. I really didn’t get a good warm up run in and stretched out just a bit. It was a cloudy day with chance of thunderstorms. Which was an issues, since the race could get called off if there was lighting… the chances of getting hit by lighting are incredibly small, but I digress.
The race began promptly at 7:30 AM, but since I was so far back in the pack I didn’t cross the starting line until about 10 minutes after the gun went off. The first couple of miles are always torture. It’s really a free for all, you never hit your stride as you’re on the lookout for all other runners, ensuring you don’t step on someone or someone doesn’t elbow you as they are trying to squeeze by you. At bout mile 5 is when the seas start to part and you really get to focus on what you came here to do. The unfortunate part is that you hit the half way point before you know it. For me this is the hardest part as I always feel that I’ve spent too much energy trying to make it through the pack that I start to run out of gas around mile 9. Oh well, that’s what training is there for, right? At the end of the day it was a great day for a race even though the rain was coming down pretty hard. Final time below.
My only complaints about this event are the lack of Goo. All they had for the runners was water and Gatorade, glad I packed some beans, but I was banking on some Goo to break up the monotony. Second, I didn’t see any post race beer, not saying this is imperative, but I love me a beer or three after pounding out a 13 miler. And finally, I should have used more lube. Yes, my armpits were red and tender and it had everything to do with the huge amounts of water that came down on me while running.