Monday, August 26, 2013

Strider Half Marathon Recap

Some races require months of preparation. But other races ... a few days - or even just a few hours - will do.

And that pretty much sums up my Strider Half Marathon race on Saturday. Much like July's Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon, I used this one as a training run. No taper and no warm up before the race since I planned to use the first mile or so to get into a groove. 

I accidentally lined up a bit too far back from the start line and since there were about 2x as many racers as expected at the race, my first mile ended up being really slow - right around 9:05 pace. But I suppose since I skipped my warm up it wasn't a bad thing :) 

A pokey first mile - I'm the girl in the orange shorts :)
My goal was steady pace throughout. To keep things interesting, I decided to do a little surge at every hill. It broke the distance up a bit and gave me something to look forward to during the miles. It's a good thing I've been doing a lot of strength training because I definitely felt the last one in my glutes :)

I didn't start picking up the pace until the final half mile or so and waited until seeing the Mile 13 marker to launch a short kick. After crossing the finish line. I felt pretty good - no wanting to collapse on the grass after this one!

I was happy with my time since the effort felt reasonably easy throughout and definitely feel I could have run longer at that pace. So training continues to move in the right direction!

I don't think half marathons will ever be my favorite distance but I'm beginning to tolerate them again this year. Who knows - maybe next year I'll even get back to racing them ;) 

My questions for you:

  • Did you do the Strider Half this weekend? If so, how did you do and what are your thoughts on the race? 
  • Do you like racing half marathons? If so, what do you like about the distance?
  • Or, what is your favorite distance to race and why?

Despite the Strider Half having many more participants than anticipated, I think the Badgerland Striders did a great job with the race - it was well organized and a fun time for all!

- ST


  1. Yes, I did run Strider's half last weekend. I did pretty well,finished in just less than was my training run as kept a nice easy pace, felt great. It is a nice flat course, liked the tshirt and specially the post race beer and food.
    Even though I have done quite a few marathon and longer distance races..and I do like ultra races more..I think half marathon is a great mix of endurance as well as speed.
    Not sure yet about my favorite distance. Have done quite a few 10Ks, 20Ks, half marathons, marathons, 50Ks, 50 milers, and one 100 miler.....didnt think of trying to figure out which is my favorite distance...I just like running!!!...But, I do love trail running more.

    1. Congrats on a great race, Arun! Glad to hear it was a good one for you. I'm in awe of you ultrarunners - I still can't quite wrap my mind around the idea of running more than marathon distance :)

    2. Thanks Sun. And congrats to you as well. And it was great running into you last week close to Discovery World. Trust me once you finish quite a few might want to challenge yourself with even longer distances, at least that's what happened to me. Good luck in your upcoming races Sun.

    3. Thanks Arun! Best of luck at your upcoming races, too!

  2. Congrats on a great race! I would love to run my next two halves in the time you did :) My goal time is sub 2 hours!

    I really like half marathons. I'm going to do my first one back in a couple years next month. A little nervous but looking forward to it.

    Happened to stumble upon your blog and discovered you're an Oiselle bird too! Funny how that works.

    1. Thanks Alicia! Best of luck on your upcoming half marathon - I'm sure you will do great, especially wearing Oiselle gear ;)

      Can't wait to check out your blog!

  3. Wahoo! Congrats on the race! ahhh, you are so speedy! My goal is to make it under 2hrs one day, right now I am sitting pretty at 2:02 :)

    1. Thanks Britta! You are so close to sub-2 hours - you'll get there soon :)