Emerald City Half Recap

A recap of our August 24th half….only a couple weeks behind!

Some reasons why I did not train to attempt to PR this race:
1) I took a mental break from the self-induced “I-must-PR-everything-or-else-I-suck school of thought.
2) A half marathon at the end of August in Ohio is rolling the dice as far as weather conditions. I am a cold weather runner, bottom line.
3) I just did not physically feel like I was in PR shape this summer. I’m working on that.

That being said, I did follow an advanced half marathon training plan (with the exception of speedwork–I ran enough 5Ks this summer that I didn’t feel like I was missing out) and did get more than the suggested amount of miles in.

This is the third time I’ve run Emerald. It is flat, fast, and uncrowded–all good things pointing to a PR, right? Although the course route is pretty varied and keeps things from becoming too boring, it can be a little lonely at times with no crowds until the end. And like I mentioned above, the weather would prove to be an issue.

Yep. Pretty much.

Saturday night we had a great dinner at one of our favorite local Italian restaurants. Unpictured, as I was too busy stuffing my face.

We spent the night at my sister’s and I actually had a sort of decent night of sleep. I always have trouble sleeping before a race–goal or not–(ridiculous!) so I was happy….

….that is, until I took one step outside in the morning. Not that I didn’t already know what the humidity was like, I was just hoping that maybe the Weather Channel app was lying to me.

The race, in brief summary:
70 degrees and 87% humidity at the 7am start. The two best words to describe it were hideous sweatfest. I made the conscious decision that I was not going to torture myself for 13.1 just to see a certain number on the clock today. Of course I went around and around in my head wondering what I could pull off.

And then just after mile 11 (still trying to think of a caption for this face),

Nicole, one half of Cookies on the Run–mind you we had never met in real life until this day–shows up with her two adorable kids to cheer us on. I mean, WHO does that?? And she brought popsicles! Muchos Gracias, Nicole, you ROCK. Nicole is training for her first marathon in NYC as a part of Fred’s Team which funds cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Check out her donation site here as well as their etsy shop–they make awesome handmade running-inspired signs!

Was I goal-less for this race? Of course not. That’s not me. Considering the conditions, my A goal was to come in at 1:4x:xx. I had a strong finish and damn if I didn’t just miss it. Not even close to my PR but for today, that’s ok. Official time: 1:50:29. 14th/141 in AG. Of course if I hadn’t run 0.17 miles over 13.1 I would’ve nailed it:) I know today’s race was about running by effort and not pace, which obviously had to be adjusted for. Although I’m less than thrilled with my time, I definitely feel like I gave a decently hard effort. I am so ready for fall weather.

Kelly and I at the finish.

Post-race so-glad-that’s-over-with celebrating:

You must give your body what it craves. Even if it’s a bloody mary before 10am.

A job well done by the race directors and volunteers today–they were amazing. I’m pretty sure they doubled up on their water stations and also had ice cold wet washcloths at the finish.


Their medals are always one of our favorites.

Why do I have the feeling I will be back again next year??

Here’s to the end of summer racing this year! Who’s with me?


  1. Congrats on a strong summer race!!! I’m so over this hot weather…bring on fall!

  2. And you still pull off an amazing time! Thank you for your support and sharing the fundraising link! And, that Bloody Mary looked soooooo good!!

  3. Congrats on a great race! that bloody mary looks delicious 🙂

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