Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Xenia Half Marathon and Other News

On Sunday March 25th I ran the ORRRC Half Marathon in Xenia Ohio.  Finish time was 2:21:34 just a few from another personal best!!!  I got up early around 4:45 a.m because I was meeting several friends for this years race.  Several of us were doing the half and a couple were doing the full marathon.  Xenia is a small little town near Dayton Ohio, infamous for its F5 tornado in the 1970's.

This race was (for me) more of a checkpoint.  I wanted to see where I was at and what kind of shape I am in.  I am doing the Cap City Half Marathon in May and would like to go for a personal best, so this was a race to jump off from. 

Needless to say I was floored with my time!!!  The weather was perfect, a little foggy, cloudy and cooler.  My only complaint was that once you got going you could really feel the humidity.  The course itself is admittedly a little bland, but I enjoy small town races.  Calling it pancake flat is a little bit of a lie.  There are some small rollers in the first 5 miles and a gradual incline on the bike path.  When you turn around to come back into town that portion is really flat.

There were a little over 1,000 people which is much larger than what I thought.  Packet pick-up was well organized and for an early bird fee of $25 I would highly recommend checking this race out.  The post race snacks were awesome, a variety of drinks (coke, pepsi, water, gaterade, etc) and the food was AWESOME!! They had soups and a bunch of homemade cookies.  YUM!

Overall, I thought this was a well organized race from start to finish.  I was appreciative of the volunteers who always had a smile on their face.  It was well supported for it's size.  Highly recommended half marathon, full marathon might get lonely. 

The following picture was taken by Leslie:

This experience was helpful because before the race I was floundering a little bit when it came to my goals.  Now I am clear.   I want to PR (or at least train to PR) in a half- marathon and then build on that training to PR in a full marathon.  I am DETERMINED to accomplish this.  What I like about a half  is that the distance is manageable.  You can train for it and still have a life (or write a dissertation).  It is a challenge, and a rather refreshing one right now!

In order to do this I have picked out two more races before Cap City in May.  The Westerville Bunny Hop 5k, and the Greenswell Glacier Ridge 10k.  I intend to race both to get a sense of time and speed.  I know this seems strange but at least at this PR attempt I am mostly going to be doing more mileage.  What I generally lack is discipline to run the miles, especially during the week.  The resources I found suggest that a mileage build-up is key.  The next time I want to PR speedwork will be in order, especially when I think about my fall marathon. 

Overall, I am really excited to have some specific, very focused goals. Of course I know things can happen, race day weather, illness, injury..but at least this will be something to look forward to! 

Now..where are those jet packs :)

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the PR and nice recap! I may have to look into the Xenia half next year - what a great price!


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