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Omaha Half

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I ran the Omaha (Nebraska) Half Marathon on 9/23/12.

Since this is my home state and the majority of my family lives within 45 miles of Omaha this worked out great. Although I must add not one of my family members came out to support me. But that is ok – I learned a long time ago to lean on myself.

Drove to Omaha on Sat. and picked up my race packet and shirt. The shirt was really nice but they seem to run on the small side….bummer. It would probably ride up on a run. Expo is small but I didn’t need anything so no biggie. You do get a pasta dinner with your entry fee but it was a Saturday in Nebraska which = HUSKER FOOTBALL. Needless to say I did not go to the dinner. I went back to my Aunt and Uncle’s house where we proceeded to go to a neighbor’s house for some good football, pizza, chili, etc.

Read the weather report for the race and realized I didn’t pack warmly. Ran and got a long sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves at Target ($1.99 for 2 pair).
I ended up staying at the race hotel so I would only have the short walk vs the 30 min drive in and parking. This was great as it meant I got to sleep longer.

Woke up at 5 and ate my oatmeal and drank my coffee. Relaxed, read, caught some news and then got ready to walk over to the start line. It was a lovely 37 degrees out. I had on my capris, long sleeved shirt with t-shirt over it, my gloves – I was ready. The wind wasn’t blowing so it didn’t feel too bad and once we started it was perfect.

There was a 10K, HM and Full going on at the same time – on the same course. The course was ok. The roads appeared to be concrete and not pavement and I could feel the difference in my quads. During a portion of the race you also run on brick streets. There were several small inclines and one decent incline or as the locals liked to say – this is hilly. Ha! I train on hills those are not hills! The course is rather boring. A lot through the old run down part of Omaha but some in the new section which is pretty. Crowd support was mediocre. What crowds there were did a great job but just not a lot of them. Maybe they were hung over from the game…..

Finished the race and saw my time – I couldn’t believe it – a new PR! 2:12:20! That was really exciting for me. They have Marines in full dress blue uniform putting your medals on. Guess it was a preview for the MCM for me. I thanked the young Marine for his service and was smiling ear to ear from my PR. The medal is unique – made of recycled clear glass. The finish line food was again mediocre – I have been to smaller races with much more. There were bagels cut into halves, bananas cut in half, orange slices, water bottles and chocolate milk. I grabbed a banana and some chocolate milk with a water bottle and headed back to my room to shower and check out.

All in all a good race but I wouldn’t run Omaha again.

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  • JULESRULES78
    Amazing! Great job, that is a fantastic time!
    2656 days ago
  • IMSMILEY88
    Great job on the race. And, congrats on the PR!!! Where I run is pretty flat, so I'd probably be calling them monster hills! emoticon

    I've had family come out to a couple of races. My first triathlon was AWESOME with my own cheering crowd of my brother, his girlfriend, my mom, her boyfriend, & daughter. I got to see them 5 different times and they were AWESOME! But, usually it's just me... which is OK, too. I have ran twice with my sil which is special, too!
    2659 days ago
  • NANFACEMIRE1
    You did a great job. You should be so proud. Congratulations......
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    2665 days ago
  • JENNYMARIEC
    Good job on the race! I really appreciated your review...I'm from Nebraska and have been looking for a good half to run. Maybe I'll check out the Lincoln half. I've heard it's tough to get in though!
    2673 days ago
  • OFFANDAWAY
    Congrats on the PR! What a fun medal!
    2673 days ago
  • AEHEGE
    Rhonda -- Kudos to you on a new PR!! And thanks for the recap of what goes on at a race and you told it well.

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    2675 days ago
  • MARGARITTM
    Thank so much for the honest race report. We need more of these!

    Congrats on the PR

    Family sometimes just doesn't get it that it really helps to have them there - also they often find it interesting....

    I have a 1/2 on Sunday - weather prediction is 50's with possible rain showers - I am ok with the temp and not with the rain. We'll see how I do!!

    Hope I get some cute Marine to give me my medal!
    2677 days ago
  • PMRUNNER
    Congrats! Great race and race report. Check out the Lincoln, NE marathon and half marathon. I ran in that and it was a very nice race. Keep up the running and the great attitude!
    2677 days ago
  • TIMOTHYNOHE
    Thanks for the race report.

    I can really dig the lack of support for you races. She(WMBO) who encourages my running has only come out for one event, a triathlon. I always invite her, I never demand because I know that standing around waiting for me to show up is boring for her.

    She will be in Ireland with me next year, I home she come out there, at least.
    2677 days ago
  • LJR4HEALTH
    Rhonda emoticon on your HM Sorry your family wasn't able to come to the race to cheer you on

    Linda
    2677 days ago
  • WONDERWOMAN
    37 is nice? You crazy girl. I know, I know, I'm unusual in that way. Great report. I still LOVE your/our time(s). Seems like the concrete was something else we had in common over the weekend. OUCH! But overall, so cool! Love the shirt and medal. We are getting more discerning tastes in these races now that we're doing more, aren't we? Rest up for MCM now.
    2677 days ago
  • SOKKERNUT
    emoticon emoticon Rhonda! Bummer your family didn't go support you. This blog was a great recap of the race.
    2677 days ago
  • BOILHAM
    Great race report Rhonda. Too bad it was a bit boring for you, but the PR and a medal from a Marine had to make for some excitement! Some of my best friends are Jarheads, so I'm glad they were there for you.
    2677 days ago
  • ONMYMEDS
    Good race report.

    Congrats on your PR!! That is a great time. Well done!!

    Running on bricks is absolutely the worst. They almost make concrete feel soft.

    Good report, Great job!!! emoticon
    2678 days ago
  • GMWSR15110
    Great job, Rhonda! PRs are great and you haven't seen the last of them. I can't wait for the day that you get sub 2 Hour (and you will). That is some nice race swag. You're spoiled now from all of those super races so your expectations are high now, and they should be. Go find more good ones. I love how you are doing all of these cool races and I get the benefit of getting the scoop so I don't waste my money or better yet find a great one I can run in. Thanks buddy!
    2678 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    Congratulations on a PR!!! The swag looks nice.
    2678 days ago
  • MAGGIEROSEBOWL
    I'm also a Nebraskan and saw reports on the local news about the marathon in Omaha. Nice going--anybody who runs a half marathon is amazing if you ask me. Sorry nobody from your family was there, I guess some people are just too involved in their own lives. I'm afraid my own family is somewhat the same way. I have gotten awards at work in the past, other people who won had family members attend the award ceremonies, but not me. Oh well. I was afraid of that when I had 3 boys. At least now I have a granddaughter, maybe she will be more thoughtful?
    2678 days ago
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