Race Report: Rochester 1/2 Marathon

Eastwood Bank Rochester Half Marathon
August 23, 2013

Warm, humid

It started raining as I was driving to the race site, but I wasn’t too fazed by that. I had seen thunderstorms in the forecast, so I had brought a hat with me. It lightly rained during my brief 1/2 mile warmup, but stopped by the time the race started.

My goal for this race was to improve on my Med City finish (1:48) and to use the result as a check if my marathon thoughts were reasonable. I had a plan to try and run as close to 8:00 (1:45 pace), but had a thought that it might be possible to run in the 7:50s.

I debated bringing my handheld, but decided to skip it since there were supposed to be water stops every 2 miles. I got by just fine with the same interval of water stops at Med City. I also neglected to bring calories (beans, gels, etc) because I hadn’t used any at Med City.

8:02
8:01
8:07
8:11

I feel like I got off to good start. Had a bit of an issue with a side stitch, but I tried to relax and remind myself that everything felt fine. First water stop was at 1.5 miles, and I did grab a cup since I hadn’t had anything to drink since getting up that morning. (Mistake). I also took water at the second water stop, which was around 3.5-3.75 miles.

8:19
8:15

So you hit mile 4 and then immediately run up a steep hill. I had expected to lose up to 30 seconds on this mile, and was pleased to not have lost too much time. I was working on maintaining form heading up the hill, and not trying to attack too hard (wasted energy). A man started to pass me as we were maybe 1/2 way up, and I used him to help push me to the top. I felt like puking at the top of the hill, which was a little alarming. We got to coast a bit at the top of the hill, and then ran down the other side. I tried to use that downhill as recovery and to get back on track. But as we headed into the next mile, I just felt like I couldn’t get going.

8:31
8:51

This is about where I started cursing my decision to not bring water because we didn’t get a water stop until about 7.25 miles. Passed a volunteer slightly after the 1/2 mark (54:40) and I got confirmation that one was coming up. I walked through the water stop and took both water and Gatorade in the hopes it would help.

8:44
9:16

Started being passed by people, tried to go with but felt like I was running in quicksand. Walked through the next water stop and took both drinks again. Occasionally had thoughts of asking other runners for either water or calories.

9:05
9:11
9:01

The phrase “soul crushing” came to mind towards the end of this race. I felt absolutely terrible. I walked through the last water stop, and was passed by my Race Twin from a couple of weeks ago shortly after. I just could not will my legs to go any faster, and I felt like I was in danger of puking a couple of times. I also felt like I might have stopped sweating, but I was so soaked from the humidity that it was hard to tell.

The best part of the race came as we neared the finish and I saw that my husband and my girls were there. Even though I was running like crap, I was really happy to get to see them.

Finished the race, and tried to go find water. I feel like I was kind of weaving a bit. I drank 2 20-oz Gatorades in pretty quick fashion, and then really felt like puking. Also noticed at one point that I was getting goosebumps even though it was warm and sunny. Got that to pass and then went to find the chocolate milk I spied others with. Pretty sure I was really dehydrated, so I’m really peeved with myself for not bringing my own water.

1 | 8:02
2 | 8:01 | 16:03
3 | 8:07 | 24:10
4 | 8:11 | 32:22
5 | 8:19 | 40:42
6 | 8:15 | 48:57
7 | 8:31 | 57:29
8 | 8:51 | 1:06:20 water stop
9 | 8:44 | 1:15:04
10 | 9:16 | 1:24:21 water stop
11 | 9:05 | 1:33:26
12 | 9:11 | 1:42:37 water stop
13 | 9:01 | 1:51:39
———————
1:52:30 | 8:35/mi.

Race History
2006 – 1:36:12
2010 – no report, 2:14:48 (14 weeks pregnant)
2012 – 2:04:19

This entry was posted in Racing. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

Comments are closed.