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.