A quick trip this morning, over the hill to Roseville for the Whole Foods Running School Half Marathon. I met Chris and Dave in Reno and we all carpooled, getting there with a bit more than half an hour to spare. We spent some time looking around for registration flyers before we noticed the laptops they had sitting out on tables - you logged in and registered right there. Kind of a cool way to do it.
Here's the walk back to the car to get geared up.
(A disclaimer - some of the pics came out weird, so I made liberal use of some artsy filters in Picasa and Picnik. Sorry if they're too crazy...)
We got all set to go - Dave tying shoes near Chris's bestickered car -
And made our way over to the start. Bit of a crowd forming, between the half marathoners, 10k and 5K runners. They sent off the 10K and half first, then the 5K 5 minutes later, so that thinned things out.
This guy was lined up in front of us - a "for reals" barefooter. Um, doesn't look pleasant. I wonder if the tape was just to attach his timing chip? I hope he was just doing the 5K...
After the start, the course runs on a city street for less than a mile before it peels off on to a bike path system - where it stayed for most of the race. It was mainly three out-and-backs, which provided plenty of opportunity to see where everyone was. here's a map from Garmin Connect:
(My watch read 13.03, but Dave's came in with 13.2, so I think the course was pretty close to 13.1...)
And the elevation profile:
Very pleasant running down in the ravine, next to a stream. Here's a series of pictures from down there...
I promised Abbey I'd get a picture of Chris's butt, for paybacks. He unfortunately wore a long shirt, so this isn't that impressive - sorry, Abbey -
And one from Dave, of Chris's "front".
Again: why do pictures of me during races always look so strange? Is it wearing baggy shirts that puff out all weird when I run?
So my plan had been to run an easy first six miles, and then up the pace to race pace for the last seven - using this race as a long training run, doing tempo while I was tired. As it turned out, I had a hard time holding to my "easy" pace (8:30 miles) while running with Chris. The first seven miles averaged around 7:40 pace, and then we decided to ramp it up anyway. Mile 8 was 7:06, and after that, we kept it under 7:00 miles for the rest of the race. Rounded the corner into the finish with a 1:35:29 - less than two minutes off my half marathon PR. Things are looking good to beat that in Davis in a couple weeks.
The finish line:
My phone stopped taking pictures for a little while, and while I was fixing it, Dave finished - only 20 seconds off his half PR! He's got some business to take care of in a couple weeks too. Fortunately, there were a bunch of cameras there to catch Dave's dramatic finish...
Here's he and Chris post-race, with an extremely short lady walking between them...
The results are already posted, but it looks like they have some clean-up to do - for example, the age groups seem a bit hinky. For example, I'm listed as 5th in my group, but only two of the guys before me seem to have ages listed. Weird.
Couple of other items to take care of - a refueling stop at Noodles & Co. - I'd never been, but these guys use it as their pre-race dinner spot if they come over the night before a race. I can see why - good, simple stuff, fast and easy. I had the Bangkok Curry with Tofu and cleaned my plate.
Then the requisite stops at Total Wine and BevMo (this is Chris and Dave we're talking about) and we were on our way back home. Great morning, and a great race guys. Thanks!