RNR San Antonio 1/2 Marathon Recap
What do you want first? The good? or the bad? Let’s start with the bad so we can end on a positive note.
- The trek to San Antonio started with sitting in an hour of traffic before we even made it out of Houston. Fun.
- I’d been stalking the weather all week and I was not happy about it. 100% humidity and70-degrees at the start of the race with the temperatures rising in the 80’s. It was as bad as I pictured it being. Maybe worse. Have I told y’all how much I HATE running the humidity? I’d pick the dreadmill over humidity no contest.
- Hills- oh the hills. Houston is FLAT. San Antonio- not so much. I have done zero hill training and I was expecting this “flat and fast” course the race site had bragged about. There were steady climbs throughout and a killer overpass at mile 13. That was just mean.
- I hated every single step of this race except for the one to get back in the car to go home. I went into the race with a less than thrilled attitude. The corrals were crowded and people were very pushy. I felt the way the start and finish were set up was sort of chaotic and kind of not worth all the hassle of “just running the half.”
- The course was kind of boring. We went through a bunch of neighborhoods and downtown buildings and in and around some overpasses. However, apparently, according to the race video I was sent, we ran past the Alamo. How did I miss that?
- I carb loaded the night before with Rachael and our Hubby’s. We went to a place that Hubby had seen on man vs. food that had crazy-huge 42’ pizzas. We all split a 20” and couldn’t finish it.
- Despite the fact that my mind wasn’t in the right place I was actually able to convince myself to push it. It is strange how I view a half marathon as more of a “go all out” race and feel like I can try to push my pace pretty hard. Thanks to marathon training 13 miles doesn’t seem all that far anymore
- I originally signed up to run the full marathon but a month or two ago I decided I would just run the half because I didn’t want to run two marathons that close together and I want to do really well at Houston. I spent the entire race congratulating myself for making the best decision by not running the full marathon in those weather conditions. (Sorry Tara)
- The crowd support was great. The people of San Antonio really came out to support the runners. The funniest spectator sign of the day I saw said, “Try not to suck.”
- The finish line was very organized. Plenty of volunteers, getting in an out of the food lines was quick and easy, and we were given glorious cold towels.
- I left the race with a shiny new PR by 5-minutes. PR’s are always good I beat my primary goal of finishing in under 1:50. My official time was 1:49:32.