Mistletoe Half Marathon Recap

On Saturday, I ran my third half marathon!

Mistletoe Half Marathon

My chip time was 2:27:20. When I saw the results, I realized that I was incredibly close to my half marathon PR of 2:25:43. I never imagined I would come close to a PR at this race, so I wasn’t really trying. Had I known how close I was, I would have pushed myself and PR’d this race! Oh well. I’m amazed that I came so close to a PR on an incredibly hilly course, as my current PR was a flat Houston race.

Overall, the race went very well and much better than I thought it would. I had been checking the weather forecast all week and the chance of rain kept getting higher and higher. When I woke up Saturday morning, it was raining and there was a 90% chance of rain all day. I almost didn’t race because of this, but I didn’t want to throw away all of my training just because of rain!

I spent Friday evening googling “running a half marathon in the rain” and reading everyone’s tips. The best tip I found was to wear a hat to keep rain from getting in your eyes – I was very glad I followed that one! I also wore a “breathable” rain jacket that I happened to have in my closet, but I ended up taking it off within the first two miles because I got too hot (it was about 40-45 degrees outside). Luckily, it only lightly rained for most of the race, with only a couple bursts of harder rain. I was wet at the finish line, but not drenched.

The run itself went pretty well. As I expected, the course was very hilly. The first couple of miles were hard and I wondered why in the world I was running 13.1 miles again. The subsequent miles, up until about mile 8 or 9, were fairly good. I mostly stuck to my 3:1 run:walk ratio that I had trained with, with a few longer walking breaks when I hit steep hills. After mile 9, I was starting to feel sore and tired. The last two miles were brutal because I got an intense pain (which I have since learned is probably piriformis syndrome). I have never gotten a pain like that while running, nevertheless run through a pain like that! Somehow I made it to the finish line. The pain worsened throughout Saturday – walking was very painful and I was limping. On Sunday, the pain had dissipated a bit, and was almost gone when I woke up on Monday. I thought time had healed my wound, but the pain came back after I went for a short run on Tuesday night. I may take a few days off and hope it heals for good!

I enjoyed the race course (except the hills). It was a nice running tour of Winston-Salem. I ran through some beautiful neighborhoods, in addition to some parts of the Wake Forest campus that I had never been to. I was also inspired by many of the other runners out on the course. There were some pretty old people out there giving me a run for my money! At the end of the race, I saw a girl hysterically crying out of happiness for finishing her first half. I wanted to go give her a hug and high five!

As always, I’m glad I accomplished my goal and ran this half marathon. Training wasn’t easy this time (it never is), but the end was worth the means! Even though I question why I am doing it throughout each mile of a half, a few minutes after finishing I begin to think about when I will run my next. I am going to continue trying to meet my personal goal of running a half every year for as long as my body allows me to!

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3 Responses to Mistletoe Half Marathon Recap

  1. Ankush says:

    Nice blog post…I enjoyed reading it as I also am running since few months and I recently finished my 2nd half marathon..!!

    Happy running..Healthy living.. 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    Way to go Caroline!!! You’re inspiring me to get out there and run! Congrats!!
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  3. I’m glad you didn’t let the weather stop you! Sounds like the weather didn’t turn out to be that bad, it’s great when things turn out better than you fear. You must really be in better shape to have almost PR’d on those hills. Maybe a deep tissue massage would help with your recovery?
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