Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon October 6, 2013

Urban Cow 2013- 13.74 Miles An Udderly Long 1/2 Marathon, Sacramento, California

I ran my second Half Marathon on October 6th 2013. I had not been training to run this race and have just start training for a full Marathon. My longest run was 6 miles a few weeks before and then an 8 mile run the week before. This race was kind of a last minute decision, my step-son Jim and his fiance Sandra were signed up, so I thought I would join them.
Race morning was the start of a beautiful day. The race started and finished at William Land Park in Sacramento. The first wave started at 8am and second wave Started 10 minutes later. ( We were in the second wave). I got off to a good start staying behind the 2:15 pacer, that group slowly pulled away. Still felling good till the call of nature hit about mile 5, and finding the pot-a-potties at mile 6, had a short wait and a quick stop I was off and running again. A short run thru the downtown mall, thru a tunnel under I-5 to Old Town Sacramento. At the half way point they had a relay station set up, soon after that we would be passed by the fresher runner that had just started running. Kind of a joy kill! Still feeling good till about mile 9, Then my hamstrings and gluts (thighs and butt) started getting really tight. Slowing to walk for a short few steps to rest and managed to run in at a slower pace. Since this race is a little more than a 1/2 mile longer than most halfs, I was still pleases with my 2 hour 25 minute finish.

Lessons Learned
1. Training is important. My first Half I trained with Fleet Feet and we gradually add miles each week.
2. Have a plan and goals! After my first half, I kept running but since I had nothing planned I ran, with no set goals. That makes it very easy to goof off and get out of the grove and yes, lazy!

Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).
I also signed up and completed my 3rd Half on October 27, 2013. Watch for my next post (That Dam(n) Run).

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