Flying Pig Half Marathon - race review
This race was not what I expected since I'd never been to Cincinnati. About a month before the race, my chiropractor told me Cincinnati was a hilly city. That was news to me! Then the more I thought about it, I realized I should have known that from the start because it is so close to Kentucky. I did actually start using a new running app about 2 months before the race, the Studio treadmill app. It has guided runs for the treadmill with a trainer and fun playlists and the trainer tells you exactly how fast to run and when to increase the incline. You can run speed, hill, or endurance workouts. I found it very helpful and thought that I was prepared for the hills. What I was not prepared for was the steep, long hills as well as the humidity of Cincinnati.
The day before, Gina and I had figured out that the half and the full were together for the first 9 miles and that we were technically hoping for the same pace. So we started together, then I let her go on after 4 miles because I was dying. I should have played it safe and started out slower since we had to cross two bridges over the river in the first 4 miles. I had a VERY difficult and self-defeating conversation in my head (about everything, literally, not just running) from miles 4-6, then once I got to the halfway point I was able to pull it together and have a more positive attitude about the race.
It was hot, and humid, and had a lot more steep hills than I was expecting. The half-marathon was very hilly until mile 9, and we had a nice view of the city from 6-9. After mile 9, we finally started running downhill and it flattened out. It was a huge relief and I was running faster, finally. I don't know why I had such a hard time, I think I'm pretty tough mentally and I usually don't have such difficult times in half-marathons, but I also had not run a race in almost 12 months. I hope this was a warm-up for Banff on June 17th because that race appears to be flatter. I am crossing my fingers that I can pull it together and have a better race.
Overall, it was not terrible. I finished in 2:12 and some change. My best time is 1:59:44 at a flatter semi-trail race in December when it was cold. Cincinnati was about 78 degrees and 85% humidity during the main part of the race. I had some doubts about myself, but looking back, I'm excited for the next race.