On Saturday I ran my 14th half marathon, the Rain Run in Redmond. It did not rain! It was about 30 degrees and foggy. It was a small race capped at 500 runners. I went with 2 friends Amy and Adrienne. The race started at 9 am. We got there about 8 and quickly picked up our bibs then we waited in the car to keep warm.
We started on time and ran along the Sammamish River Trail. It was pancake flat. I felt pretty good for the first 8 miles and then my legs got a little tired. I had been with a group of 4 runners and slowly saw them leaving me. I just couldn’t keep up. I finished in 1:57:31. Not a PR but I’m always happy with a sub 2.
The only negative about this race had to do with water. There were 3 water stops and they were using Dixie cups, half full, you may have gotten one swig of water. Also please give me a bottle of water when I finish a race, I promise I will recycle the bottle. I do not want to wait in a line 5 minutes to get a Dixie cup of water again. If you must use cups have large, full cups of water on a table, not do it yourself from one cooler.
The food selection was better than most, cupcakes of all flavors, trail mix, pretzels, cuties. They also had a few vendors, Kind bars and Zinc coconut water were giving out full size samples.
After the race we went to the Claim Jumper for lunch. I had never been there. I had the steak chili in a bread bowl. It was pretty good. Although most things taste great after a half marathon.
Do you have any race pet peeves?