This was the 30th year of the Parkersburg Half Marathon. The City of Parkersburg has had a long time to really perfect a well organized race. Although it is held in the middle of August under hot and humid conditions, there is a big turnout of fans and spectators on the course. I would guess there was at least 10 to 15 volunteers at each water stop.
Although I was running at the back of the back, there was still ICE available at each water stop. I started taking ice at the second water stop, telling each volunteer “There’s no need to be miserable out here.”
I carry my own hand held in 1/2 marathon and marathons. That way I am not drinking on anyone’s else schedule. I drank water out of my bottle and also squirted ice cold water over my head, neck, shoulders, wrist and elbow points. Anything to try and keep myself cool.
I have run this half marathon in 2004 and 2007. Usually the sun is a killer out there. Today there was fog and it was overcast. Thank goodness!
In all fairness, the half marathon route is..pretty boring and ugly. The first mile or two is through a really nice old neighborhood, then we get on the highway for a mile or two.
There really are not any great views, and some roads we hop on are industrial and decrepit old houses.
I made a road friend about mile 6. This was her first half marathon and she thought we could finish in about 3 hours, although she wanted to finish around 2.45. I told her she had picked a tough half marathon for her first.
Half Way Point
I didn’t pull out my music until the 10K mark, my rules, and the music picked me up and I left my new running friend behind. I think it’s valuable to have something to look forward to, and the music helped get me through the second half of the race.
I was really worried abut my knee given my extra weight and lack of training. But I stopped worrying about my knee about mile two since I was now in heat management mode. Amazing what a new problem can make you forget about your old problem!
I started to lose the juice about mile 11. I have not been running or riding in any sort of training capacity. I was just starting to get very tired. I developed a bit of a calf cramp in my left leg, and started walking. Then my right knee started to hurt!
Oh shit! Just go back to running. And by running I meant ultra style: run to that light pole, walk to next point I designate, run again. Pour water over my head.
It is a nice downhill finish, and I was pretty pleased to see I was finishing in sub three hours. I thought it would take me about three hours, and I finished in 2.49.
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I was tired after this! I have to get my mind to remember that I am back to being a “newby” in distance running. Although I know how to run long distances, my body is not in the shape for conquering the long distances right now.
But that’s what training runs are for!