I think the Urban Cow Half Marathon is the 5th half marathon I’ve ran so far. It’s crazy! I never thought of myself as a runner, especially during high school.
Anyway, like I mentioned in my other post, I ran this half in 2:17:56. Not my best time but not my worst. I ran this with a few of my friends and my uncle. It was pretty much a perfect day for a run, until the breeze picked up a couple miles in.
The morning was a bit chilly. I met up with my friends and uncle and then the race was about to start! I probably should have started more up in the front because the first half mile, I was just trying to squeeze in between people just to get ahead. It was so crowded! I was going at a pretty good pace the first 6 miles. I was pretty much going the same pace as my 10k back in June.
I’ve ran the course twice before, so I knew what to expect.
The first 6 miles were mainly throughout the neighborhoods in Sacramento and then it started going towards the main street to downtown Sac. It was a pretty nice route and I really liked the shade. The breeze picked up around mile 4 but it didn’t bother me too much until I reached the part of the run where the river was.
I saw my friend Katy at the relay point (she was doing the relay and did the first half). It was nice to have someone cheer me on! All my other friends were either behind or ahead of me. That’s when I hit the wall. My expected PR when I first started the race turned into me having to stop to walk many times. It didn’t help that it was a bit windy.
Part of the run goes on a trail along the river and was very sunny, which was the 2nd half the run. The breeze really picked up there. Plus, my legs were starting to get tired. Normally, I don’t drink Gatorade or any energy drinks/gels. However, I felt like my body needed some energy to get through the rest of the run. So, I drank some Gatorade around mile 8. Don’t worry. I knew my body could handle it as I sometimes drank a few sips of Gatorade during training. However, I always drank a few sips before my run, not during.
By mile 12, I was so tired. I was still running and walking (well, more of the walking). But I pushed through. I did run the last half mile of the race without walking. I was so proud of myself! I immediately ate the strawberries that they had at the end of the run. And, I drank some chocolate milk. I really needed the energy! Finally met up with my friends, talked, took pictures, and drank beer at the beer garden with them. By the way, drinking beer after a run is one of the worst things to after a run. It’s dehydrating. You’re supposed to recover with carbohydrates, protein, and fluid! The beer is just the social aspect of running but if you are a hard-core runner who is competitive, drinking beer is not the best thing to do after a run. We chatted and hung out for a bit, then we headed back home.
Well, that’s it! I ate two slices of BBQ Chicken pizza when I got home. It was delicious!! Well, anything you eat after a long run is delicious, especially when you’re starving!