Last Saturday I ran the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon. I registered for this race back in October, with my friend Jamie.
The last few emails from the race had warned about traffic and to get there early. For a 7:30 start Jamie and I were there about 6:30. But I guess some people didn’t listen and because of traffic the race started 15 minutes late. Late starts are tough for the runners that have shed their warm clothes and are now waiting and getting cold. Strike One.
I was not going for a PR at this race, just a sub 2. This was the flattest half I have ever run. It is a point to point on the trail along the lake.
It was pretty uneventful. I kept to about a 9 minute pace and had no issues. I have used peanut M & M’s and jelly beans for fuel since training for NYC and it works well for me. I stopped at each water stop for water/Nuun, I think there were 5. I finished in 1:56:56 BUT my Garmin was 12.88. In talking with many other runners all Garmin’s were between 12.86 and 12.91. The course was short. Strike Two.
What is with the DIXIE cups at the end of a race! PLEASE give me a bottle of water. Strike Three.
Jamie did have a bottle of water for me, but we did see each other. The post race food and vendors was great. Bananas, apples, coconut water, Kind bars, pretzels, peanut butter sandwiches. After getting a few things to eat and not seeing Jamie I walk to the buses to bring me back to my car. I don’t run with my phone, so I figure I should get to it to call her. It was a 30 minute bus ride.
I got to my car quickly changed and met Jamie and her friend, Jane at Family Pancake House. It is a great, basic breakfast spot.
This is a very popular race and sold out this year, but I probably will not run this race again. I don’t love the total flat, point to point, late start, short course, no water bottles.
Do you have any race pet peeves?