I love running the same race back to back years. I always feel like it’s a great comparison for how far I’ve come as a runner. Since I’m running the Haunted Half Marathon in Kingsport again this year, I wanted to review last year’s results.
One of the most fun parts of this race is dressing in costume. I had purchased a vintage 1980s leotard to wear with leg warmers and tights for the race, but backed out at the last minute. I hadn’t lost weight like I had hoped and knew I wouldn’t feel comfortable for 13 miles with my pudge hanging out.
My dad’s referee shirt came in handy, because the week of the race I came down with the crud. My trusty rescue inhaler and a wad of tissues fit nicely into the front pocket of the shirt. While I feel like breathing issues did slow me down somewhat, I was still excited to achieve a 4 minute PR for 13.1 miles.
2:23:11.1 Gun Time
2:22:48.9 Chip time
2:22:48.9 Chip time
This round of training I’ve been having a difficult time pinning down goals for this race. My ultimate goal is to manage a sub 2 hour half marathon time, but I don’t think that’s realistic to expect this race. My training paces have been fast (probably too fast for our long runs) but my training buddy and I have really pushes ourselves to the limits.
Our last long run was an 8 mile pace run (we were aiming for 9:30) and averaged 9:35. We were slowed down by a headwind and some hills. Hills won’t be a factor this race. Who knows about the weather! Our longest run was a 12 miler at a 9:41 pace.
Originally my goals for the race were:
1) A PR
2) Sub 10 m/m pace
However, it looks like (baring anything unforeseen) both of those should happen tomorrow. I reset my goal for a 9:45 pace. Given the 12 miler, it looks like I may not be shooting high enough even with that. Dare I hope for a 9:30?
I’m breaking a cardinal rule of racing – I’ve never ran in my costume. I did dance in the head piece, so I know I can make it stay put, but will it affect wind resistance? Will the tutu be difficult to run in? This won’t be my first tutu race, but the first/only other was a 5K.
I look forward to bringing back a full report next week! Do you have fun plans for the weekend?