Sunday, May 3, 2009

Reno Rock 'n' River Half Marathon

Well. That was wet.

As of yesterday, a couple days ago, the weather forecast sounded like it was going to be nice this morning. But this storm didn't really blow through, and we ended up with rain and wind. There WERE a couple minutes where it wasn't actually drizzling, but they were balanced my a few where it was coming down pretty good. That said, it seemed like a pretty successful race, for the whole crowd, and for me in general.

It wasn't raining as I got ready this morning, had some granola and coffee, etc. As soon as I hopped on my bike for the one-mile ride downtown to the start, though, the rain started. My hands were cold and feet a little wet even before I got there. Locked up my bike and started seeing people I knew. Felt weird - I'm not all that used to seeing people I know at races - it was like I was popular or something. Gretchen was there, lining up for the full marathon. Then I talked to Dave of TLD for awhile, and also saw friend Alex and my sister-in-law Sarah, and her sister Dixie. Oh, and work friends of my wife, Brian and Elizabeth. Social butterfly, me...

After a little jog around a couple casinos to warm up, we all lined up for the half marathon start. Here's the view behind me:



Got started right on time, at 7:00. I don't think it was raining for the first mile or so, but then it started again. I was keeping an eye on my pace, and hit it right on 6:50 for the first mile, but just couldn't hold it after that. Slogged through the first few miles, to a different little turnaround area in Dorokstar Park that had changed from last year. The extra loops made it so I missed Gretchen, ahead of me doing the marathon, but I did get to wave at Alex, a couple minutes back in the half. We crossed the river, turned around ar the Patagonia warehouse, and headed back towards town.

(Going to try something different with the course map here - I can export from Garmin's website to Mapmyrun, so we'll see how this works...)


On the way back, we (the semi-fast half marathoners) started passing the slower 10K runners, and a few of the leisurely marathoners. It was kind of fun to have other people around, instead of the lonely run out at the end of the course. At this point, though, I was just trying to hold on and finish as close to 1:30 as I could, and was hurting and fighting it. Finally came into the downtown area, turned the corner onto Virginia Street, and gave it all I had up to the finish. Here's a view up the finish chute:



I was a bit confused by the Marathon and Half clocks at the finish - I think I looked at the wrong one as I was crossing. But my watch read 1:34:57, about a minute and a half behind my PR. Here's the Garmin page with all the splits and stuff.

The only thing worth eating at the finish was a banana, so I wolfed one of those and wandered in a daze for a few minutes. Finally found Dave again, and we wandered down to where Chris had been watching and cheering the finishers. We wandered back to look at the results, I got waylaid by Alex for awhile, and then rode my bike home. In the rain. Again. A long hot shower later, and I can kind of feel my hands...

Official Results: 1:35:01, 29th overall, 4th Mens 35-39

5 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Wooooow. I really missed out. Running in the rain, watching you float about knowin' everybody... :) That's awesome you were able to come that close to your PR! Nice job~

HiAltDawg said...

Awesome Job T, but we lost you after the race and you missed out on Older Viscosity.

slowrunner77 said...

nice run for bein' nasty outside. it's weird that they changed the course only to have it come up short. your garmin said 12.9, but also had you gaining 61 feet in elevation on a course that finished where it started. Going off the times up front (close to 3 full minutes faster than I'd expect those guys to run. Jeff, who hadn't yet been under 1:10, ran a 1:06 & change!) i'd say 12.6 or 12.7. I'm guessing they didn't have mile markers?

Nitmos said...

Nice strong run!

Do I have to be the only person to ask of Lt. Dangle was there? Sheesh.

Gretchen said...

Awesome job Turi! Yes, WET is a good word to describe it. Sort of a painful experience for me, but now that it's far enough away, I can look upon it with some humor. Race report coming...