Seems like forever since I've posted something here. We can blame Strava for that. Work has been insanely busy as well, so that hasn't helped. Still plugging away on the Baker's Dozen for 2018 (13 Half Marathons in 12 months). For April my RB and I decided to run the Home Away From Home Half Marathon which benefits the local Ronald McDonald House. This has been the worst Spring ever so were both desperate for some better weather for this month's Baker's Dozen entry. This Half was local and cheap. Only $40.00, which is about 1/2 the typical cost of a HM. No shirt, but who cares. I must have 25+ HM shirts and don't need another.
The weather forecast was for sun and 40* at starting time and was expected to rise to 50* during the race. Great racing weather for me. The race started at a school in an outlying area just off a highway, so we were there in 30 minutes. The wind was blowing lightly and that made the air feel chilly. We sat in the car letting the sun keep us warm as we pinned on bibs and ate last minute carbs. Soon it was time to pee one last time and then line up. The RD gave us some last minute directions and then started the race.
The course was an out and back. Nothing spectacular. Nice views, but all hills. If we weren't going up, we were going down. Not even one flat stretch anywhere on the course. We chatted with some other runners on the way out. The weather was almost perfect and we both stripped off a layer around the halfway point. Neither one of us is in racing shape yet so we never felt like pushing the pace. We finished side by side at 1:58:02. Bonus: there was chocolate milk at the finish.
If this race taught me anything it taught me that I need to run more hills. Hint taken. I ran a hilly route Monday morning and Strava let me know that it was far from my fastest time on that route. Again, hint taken.