While not ideal, I’m glad that I ended up running this race as part of my only 20 miler of New River Marathon training. I learned a lot about myself as a runner and some things that will help me in two weeks. (eek!)
Before I begin I want to say that I thoroughly support the Greenville Track Club and all the races it puts on. As with any growing organization kinks happen. I’m going to mention just a few throughout the recap but with constructive criticism in mind.
First, this is just an observation. I am thrilled that we received tech-Ts this year. The design is great. The one problem I have with it is the color and texture of the material. While I’ll still use the shirt, I’m not entirely confortable with the white which when wet (sweaty) allows the color of a sports bra to be seen.
Back to the race…
Although I understand why the start was delayed it wasn’t ideal. Neither was the starting location. Since we ran through the intersection where the start was last year I’m not sure why it was pushed back almost a tenth of a mile. The course ended up being long so changing the starting line back would have helped that.
At 7:20 we were off! My intentions were to run a smart race and not exhaust myself so that I would still have enough in the tank for the 7 miles I planned to tack on after. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t do so well with this.)
I tried to keep my pace steady as we wound our way through downtown Greer and out onto the highway. Since I didn’t bring my camelbak (spoiler: bad idea) I took water starting at the second water stop. While the temps were fine, the humidity level was not.
I actually got to chat with a couple people during the early miles which was cool. What was not cool was me totally spacing on getting their names. Whoops.
(One minor note: by the time I got to the third water stop they were completely out. On a day like today…not cool. Thankfully all the other water stops were fully stocked.)
Once I passed the half way point I still felt strong and kept powering up the small rolling hills throughout the course. I even started to pass people. In hindsight I should have been kinder to myself and dropped to a slower pace.
I have to say that I was very disappointed in the finish. Instead of keeping the awesome, slightly downhill, finish down Poinsett(?) and into the entrance to the park we finished on the back side of the park with an uphill right at the end. Please go back to the old finish!
Yeah, the course was way long. This didn’t phase me much since I was adding miles anyway. For a first timer or someone gunning for a PR? Not so much.
One other thing that bothered me was the medal handout. I nearly missed the guy handing them out because (1) there were so many non runners beyond the finish line and (2) the medals were still in the packages.
Even with the above negatives, I thoroughly enjoyed this race and am planning on doing it again next year so I can finally go sub 2 hours on the course.
Once I finished I headed back closer to home to add 6.6 more miles to get to 20. Not only did I make the mistake of not bringing my camelbak but I also forgot to grab a package of Sharkies I was going to use as fuel. (I still had 4 Gu chomps.)
Going up the hills was not pretty. I was okay with walking through and made it to a gas station where I bought a Gatorade. Wise idea. I’m pretty sure I was very dehydrated at that point. Afterwards I felt so much better and stronger and relieved when I finally finished.
Up next? Two weeks until New River Marathon!!!!