Monday, October 4, 2010

Suzanne’s Race Recap: Urban Cow Half Marathon

Two words sum up my Urban Cow Half Marathon: Totally Pumped! Yesterday, I successfully finished my second half marathon since the end of July and improved my PR by nearly 16 minutes (15:57 to be exact)! Woo hoo!

A special thanks again to my big sister Judy who (again) ran the half marathon with me. I’m so so lucky to have your support and encouragement. You are an amazing person, an inspiration and awesome runner! And, as always, you make the race fun and enjoyable, and you kicked butt (you go girl)! Thanks also to Bill for being our cheerleader and driver!

So, here’s a race recap:

  • Judy and I jumped out to a pretty fast pace – fast pace for me people – and we kept that up for about 3-4 miles.

  • The first part of the race was very pretty as we ran through a park with lots of trees and greenery.

  • Have to admit I did not feel well during miles 4-6 and yes it probably had to do with the fast pace we embarked on. After drinking some Cytomax (love that stuff) I felt revitalized at mile 7 and ready to keep going.

  • Weather was good. At race time it was in the mid 60s and that was better than what it could have been. However I will agree with Judy that SF is a much better climate to run in. It got a little humid as the race progressed.

  • My knees started to hurt a little around mile 8 and that was a new pain for me. During the SF marathon my legs just felt extremely heavy – due to the hills no doubt – but never had knee pain.

  • Ran past our hotel and saw my girls and mother on their hotel balcony at miles 9 and 11. Definitely was motivating knowing that I’d see them soon!

  • My aunt Kathy, uncle Ray and cousin Tori saw me at mile 10 – sorry I didn’t hear you but thank you so much for coming to support me!

  • Loved a poster someone was holding up at mile 11 that read “If your feet feel tired it’s because you’re kicking so much ass!” It really made me smile and made my day!

  • Just as we hit the 12 mile mark and my legs felt tired a song came on my ipod that just made me feel good and I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face….wait for it…it was MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This!” I honestly felt no pain while that song was playing and just wanted to dance. Go ahead and laugh at me because I don’t care - go Hammer! And yes probably from that comment you know approximately when I was in high school – ha!

  • Legs definitely felt tired but they never felt heavy like my last half marathon. I took this as a sign that I’m improving. Don’t get me wrong I was tired but I definitely felt better when compared to how I felt in SF.

  • The finish line seemed SO FAR AWAY. At least I could see the finish line at the SF half marathon but this one was hidden around a corner and I could feel everyone’s pain around me that it felt like we were never going to reach it.

  • Proud of myself that I did manage to sprint the last 100 yards! Funny how I could barely muster the energy to keep running that last 1-2 miles but once I saw that finish line I could manage to sprint. It felt GREAT to finish and amazing how you feel no more pain once you cross that line.

  • I LOVE my finish line photo (which I’ll post after I buy it) with my arms in the air! I had no good photos from the SF half marathon so I’m excited that there were a few that I actually liked from this race.

  • Today I feel good. Sure I’m a little sore but overall I feel great.
What’s next? Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m kind of torn between keeping this up as it would be a shame to waste the running shape I’m in and just trying something new. Right now I want to find my next race but I decided I'm going to give myself some time to think about it as I’ve been in training mode since February. Could it be possible that I'm officially addicted to half marathons? Didn't think that would happen. If I do decide to race again I think I may want to up my gee...I wonder what I'm going to decide?

What do you think? Any advice?

Happy Running,


  1. Congrats and don't let that running shape go to waste! Make running fun and you can do it year round.....

  2. Looking forward to seeing the photo! This post got me super excited for my first half. I am REALLY hoping I have a good finish line photo. I will smile, no matter how tired I may be, I WILL look cute, dang it!
    Love that sign. Sounds cute - that would totally give me a running boost for sure.
    I'm not really one to ever give advice since I don't feel qualified, but if you think are possibly addicted but don't want to make a big decision yet, you could always sign up for some 5Ks. You know you could power one of those out without a problem, you'd get the fun of the racing atmosphere, and you'd stay busy while deciding on your next half!

  3. @Ken - Thanks and agree that I can't let what I've built up go to waste.
    @FF - Good luck to you! Yes, do smile whenever you see the cameras and you'll have a great momento of your race. Good advice (and yes you can offer any advice) and I'm going to look into some other races to keep me busy during the holidays.

  4. Congratulations on a fantastic PR! It sounds like you ran a great race. Half marathons can definitely get addicting. Usually, there are plenty of 5K's and 10K's available around the holidays. When I first started, I liked to maintain 8 mile long runs. That way I am within "shooting distance" of a half marathon. Now I like to be ready for a half on any given weekend.

    Good luck on finding a way to maintain the strength and endurance you have worked so hard to get.

    Great job!!!

  5. Congrats! There has to be p,entry of races year-round in your area. Maybe do some 10Ks and 5Ks just to keep you going until spring. Good luck!

  6. @Lisa and Mike - I think you both make great suggestions about finding some local 5k and 10k to keep me going.

    @Lisa - I love the 8 mile long run strategy...very smart!


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