Lydiard Half Marathon Running Plan/Running Wizard

After selecting a race comes the hardest part of training, picking a running plan.  In the past I have used Greg McMillan’s plans and I have had good success.  Unfortunately, I was sidelined with Plantar Fasciitis for most of the fall/winter of 2017.  In April of 2018 I was recovering fairly well and I targeted a half marathon late in the year to give me plenty of time to ramp up my mileage.  I considered different ways to safely ramp up my mileage, then I hit upon Lydiard running plans.

Lydiard plans are known for having a very long aerobic base phase.  I knew that I did not want to incorporate any real speedwork until later in the year.  The plan seemed well structured and the basic premise seemed to make sense.  Build a strong aerobic base, then add on some hillwork to build more strength before adding on anaerobic speedwork.

Lydiard plans are not easily accessible, I believe that the only way to get a Lydiard plan is through a Lydiard certified coach or purchasing a plan through the Running Wizard website.  The Lydiard Foundation website can be used to find a coach.  Note that if you do intend to purchase a plan, if you donate $25 or more to the Lydiard Foundation then you will get a 25% discount on the plans for the calendar year on Running Wizard.

I purchased a 24 week half marathon plan through Running Wizard.  This provided a detailed electronic version of the plan via the Running Wizard website as well as access to the plan through Final Surge.  This worked out well as I was already using Final Surge because of the McMillan plan.

The Lydiard plans are based on effort or heart rate training and goal paces are determined based on your ability at the start of the plan (you enter your time for a recent race).  It is a time-based plan, and due to the computer generated nature of the plan the times are a bit “odd”, for example, 29 minutes vs an even 30 minutes.  There are suggestions for adjusting the duration or pace of each run, as well as a prioritization of the runs for the week to allow changing the schedule if you need to do so.  I also just discovered that there is a Lydiard Facebook group for additional support.

So, what is the plan like?  This description is for the half marathon plan with 5 days of running.  While emphasis of the plan is on aerobic base development, it does not mean running every run slow.  Fartleks are a huge part of the plan, as well as what is called an “out and back” run, where the pace is faster and the intent is to pace yourself so that the second part of the run is at an even pace or faster than the first part.  There are also jogs, where the purpose is to keep your heart rate intentionally very low.  There is a weekly long run, which for me (based on a max run time of one hour at the start of the plan) increased to an 11 mile maximum.

The longest run occurred in the aerobic base portion of the plan.  The hardest run of the week, the “out and back” always occurred before the long run during the aerobic base phase.  So in effect, it is forcing you to run the long run on tired legs.  Sound familiar?  Hansons is based on this principle.

The overall mileage of the plan is lower than other half marathon plans that I have followed.  My plan averaged at about 25 miles per week, with the heaviest week about 33 miles.  But it is not easy, my legs definitely felt it.  Each phase changes things up slightly, and it would take my legs a week to figure out what was going on.  The Integration phase at the end of the plan is particularly tough.  Almost all the runs are fast (with the exception of a long jog) and I was dying for an easy run!  The weekly workouts during this phase are the jog, two out and backs (one being the longest run of the week), a fartlek, and cut-downs.

A 5K or 10K tune-up race is in the plan the week before the half marathon goal race, during the 2 week taper.  To be honest, at the beginning of the taper my legs felt anything but fresh.  I signed up for a 10K race and my goal pace for the race according to the plan was 8:15 min/mile.  10K’s were never my best race and this is quite a fast pace for me, and would also best my 10K PR by over 2 minutes.  I had every intention of hitting that goal pace, but the course quickly changed my mind as it was rather hilly.  I had not run a lot of hills in training due to my foot injury as hill running seemed to aggravate it.  My legs felt really good though and I felt strong throughout the race.  I ended up with a 52:33, about an 8:28 pace.  Slower than the target goal pace, but I felt very good about my effort overall and it was still about a one minute PR on my 10K.   Coming back from injury and racing my first painless race in over a year, I was happy with that time.

I had a 53 minute jog scheduled the day after the 10K and I was a little worried about how my legs would feel.  They felt surprisingly good and not at all sore.  Then it was on to the taper before the half.  The fact that my longest run was 11 miles and was several months before the race was a bit worrisome.  For my previous half marathons I had run from 14-18 miles as my longest run, and I ran multiple long runs over 14 miles.  Another difference in this plan is that Lydiard suggests not fueling during long runs.  Since my longest run wasn’t really that long (I have run 18 miles without fueling) this was not an issue for me.

My goal race was the Madison Half, a race that is on the hilly side, with the largest and longest hill at mile 8.  Race day was also on the chilly side, about 25 degrees at race start with the wind bringing the temps down to the high teens.  In the back of my mind I knew that a PR in that race would be difficult.  The result?  I finished in 1:58:14, about a 9:01 pace.  My half marathon PR is 1:56:33 on a flat course in perfect running temps.  The last 3 miles of the race were tough, though I wouldn’t say it was considerably tougher than the end of my previous half marathons.  Considering my pace at the beginning of the year I was satisfied with the performance.

I am curious about how a Lydiard marathon plan looks, and how the plan would look if I did Lydiard for another half marathon cycle.  My understanding is that each new Lydiard cycle builds upon the last one.  My next half will be in April and most of my weekday running will be on the treadmill due to my early AM running schedule and the midwest winter.  I think the changing of speeds necessary for the Lydiard plan would make following it on the treadmill difficult so I will be going back to McMillan plans for my next half.  Incidentally, Greg McMillan trained under Lydiard and he was mentioned on the Lydiard forum as a “true” Lydiard coach.

Summary

Plan Strengths: 

  • There is a lot of variety, both in the types of runs and the paces.  You won’t get bored.
  • The “out and back” and progress runs (faster steady state type runs) teach how to pace yourself and to pitch your effort over the entire run.  They are tough runs, but I grew to look forward to them and enjoy the challenge of hitting the goal paces.
  • The plan is very structured in terms of pacing and HR.  Great if you need or like to follow a detailed plan.  Like myself.  😉
  • The Final Surge interface makes tracking the plan easy and it will send reminders of the plan details for the day.
  • The Facebook Lydiard group is a good resource if you have any questions about the plan.

Plan Cons:

  • Lack of the longer runs, and placement of the longer runs near the beginning of the plan, if you need those runs mentally.
  • You will get sick of fartleks 🙂
  • Lack of easy running in the last part of the plan, called the Integration phase.  I have a feeling that this may lead to injury in some runners.
  • Very structured in terms of pacing and HR.  Not great if you want to just go out and run or if you don’t like training by heart rate.

 

I felt that the Lydiard plan was quite challenging.  I think it succeeded in getting me up to speed quickly after my injury.  I can easily see my improvement across the plan due to the similarity in workouts.   I think all the fartleks have helped me to naturally increase my cadence to the fastest that it’s ever been.  I have also noticed that my easy pace is now faster than it was previous to my PF injury.  I believe the Lydiard plan did raise my base running fitness.

The cons listed aren’t really cons, in that the plan can be adjusted to fit individual needs.  I like to follow a plan “as is” at least once, to see how my body reacts to the training.  I feel that as you progress, using the building blocks from different plans and rearranging them to fit your individual needs is the way to go.

 

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Dances with Dirt Devil’s Lake Trail Half Marathon Recap

Devil’s Lake is one of the crown jewels of the Wisconsin State Park system.  I had hiked there many times but the idea of running there seemed pretty crazy!  Dances with Dirt Devil’s Lake was a race that was definitely outside my comfort zone.  But I have the goal to run a 50K and pushing outside my comfort zone is something that I needed to do.

This was my 5th half marathon of the year and my 3rd trail half marathon of the year. In that respect I felt fairly well prepared.  My goal was to run it at about easy pace and walk up the hills if I needed to.  My end goal is a full marathon in September and I didn’t want to impact my training for that.  The main goal was to stay upright and enjoy the run!

I reserved a campsite at the Northern Lights campground in the park.  Sites do fill early at the park regardless of whether there is a race.  There are also several private campgrounds close by.  The closest campground at Devil’s Lake to the race start/finish is the Ice Age Campground.  From there it is about a mile walk on a trail directly to the start/finish line.  Northern Lights is a little over a mile walk to the Ice Age campground.

Besides the half marathon there is a 10K, full marathon, 50K and 50 miler.  Packet pickup was the day before and also the morning of the race.  Things seemed very hectic the morning of the race, with people picking up bibs right before race start.  I picked up my bib the evening prior to the race and had no issues.  Participants also had to sign a waiver that was turned in while picking up the bib.  Race starts were staggered for the different distances.  Parking at the site did not appear to be an issue.  There was no gear check, though drop bags are available for runners doing the longer distances.

The start of the race was divided into a few waves based on pace.  Passing was not an issue for the most part, as little of the course is single track.  I thought the course was well-marked and was confusing at only one point.  But I am also a trail newbie!  Water stops provided water, Gatorade, and a variety of GU packets.  The first water stop is 4.5 miles into the race, right before the big hill up the bluff.  The day of the race the humidity actually dropped and temps were decent.  Otherwise I may have opted to carry water.

The course is a nice mix of grassy wide trail (mostly unshaded), shaded dirt trail, paved road through the Ice Age campground, and a concrete section on the bluff.  There are a lot of rocks and roots on the dirt trail.  Total elevation climb was about 1500 feet, the majority of it in the big hill at mile 5.  Views at the top of the bluff are spectacular and many runners stopped to snap photos.  There were professional photographers on the course at a few different locations, photos are available for purchase.  There are several road crossings but it was not a problem getting across the roads.

I finished the race in 2:23:45, 12/37 for AG and 288/564 overall.  I figured anything under 2.5 hours would be a win for me!  Besides not falling down.  🙂  Race swag included a finisher medal, tech tee, a beer, and food.  There was water, cookies, and fruit available immediately on finishing.  I took the opportunity to return to my camp site and wash up before getting food.  The food choices were a brat or hamburger.  There was also a post race party advertised that started at 2:15 but I did not return for that.

Overall I thought the event was well-organized.  Devil’s Lake is a challenging course, but doable.  I am considering returning to do one of the longer races.  We stayed another night at Devil’s Lake and there are a couple beaches there which is good for relaxing after the race.  It is one of the more crowded parks however.  There are a lot of activities at the park to keep family occupied as you run the race.  Always a bonus when you are dragging the family to races!  🙂

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Terrain Racing 5K Obstacle Course Review (Slinger, Wisconsin)

I do not do obstacle courses.  At the age of 48, simply running is challenging enough for me!  My 9 year old daughter has been doing mud/obstacle course runs since she was 4.  My husband is a veteran of Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash and usually does those races with her.  They signed up for the Terrain Racing 5K early.  Then my husband blew out his knee.  So guess who had to step up and do this race?  🙂  Bib transfers were easy to do online with a small fee.  We signed up for the race for only $20 each but there is also a $9.95 fee added as an “insurance charge”.   There was also a $10 fee on race day for parking.

The minimum age for the adult course is 7 (with an adult).  My daughter had done 3 mile obstacle courses before, but nothing like this.  She is at the age where she is too young for most of the obstacle course/mud runs and the small kid’s version is too easy for her.  The race she grew up on, the Dirty Dog Mud Run, was retired last year.  So we were happy to find a race that she could do.

There are several waves throughout the day and only the first waves are timed and considered competitive.  Otherwise there is a party atmosphere with loud music and food/drinks available for purchase.  There is also a shorter course with smaller obstacles for younger kids.  We quickly picked up our bibs and signed waivers.  A cotton t-shirt, one beer, and a finisher medal were included as race swag.  Gear check was available, you put your bag into a tent yourself and retrieve it yourself, the gear check ticket was checked against your bib when leaving the tent.  This seemed to work well.  It is necessary in a race like this to bring a change of clothes, shoes such as flip flops, and a towel.  You will get wet and you will get dirty!

You start the race by climbing into a big container of water about chest high.  The first task it to climb out of the container.  The run to the first obstacle was the longest.  There were a couple initial obstacles where the line was quite long.  Only one or 2 people could do the obstacles at the same time.  Some people opted to skip those obstacles.  Lines got much shorter and were close to non-existent as the race progressed.

There was a nice mix of obstacles to test strength and balance.  There were several really high obstacles, which you climb over on ropes or cargo nets.  They even made me nervous!   There were a lot of nice people on the course that helped my daughter get over the taller obstacles.  The strength obstacles included flipping a big tire over 4 times and carrying sandbags or tires attached to a pipe with chains while making a small loop on the course.  There was nothing involving barbed wire or electricity.  😉  The 10K course included some different obstacles, so it was not just running the 5K course twice.

Not all the obstacles were manned by volunteers.  There were photographers at 2 of the obstacles as well as the finish line.  There was also a prop at the end of the race where photos could be taken.

The race is on the ski hill and we had to go up and down the hill about six times.  There were some very steep areas, my daughter was using her arms to get up the hill.  I thought the course was well-marked for the most part.  It would have been nice to have distance markers as it was difficult to determine how far we had gone.   There were several water stops on the course, nice since it was a warm and muggy day.  It seemed that a lot of people may have underestimated the difficulty of the course and the obstacles.  It was definitely a challenge!  At the finish there were hoses to clean off and two large changing tents.

When we finished my daughter said she would not do this event again.  She did have fun on some of the obstacles, particularly the ones where water was involved.  It is a difficult course for younger kids, though there is the option to skip obstacles and there is no time limit, you just need to finish before the course closes.  It took me out of my comfort zone, which is not a bad thing.  Overall, I thought the race was well-organized and it is a good option for those that are looking for a challenging obstacle course race.

Race Recap – Run Madtown Half Marathon

I had previously ran two half marathons (the Madison Mini) in Madison and I loved running there.  So I was happy to pick this race as my spring goal half marathon.  The race was renamed to Run Madtown to differentiate it from the fall half marathon race.  So while it was the inaugural running of the Run Madtown races, the race itself existed for many years.

The races are run on Memorial Day weekend, with the half marathon on Sunday and a .6 mile Kid’s Race and Twilight 5K and 10K on Saturday evening.  Packet pickup was Friday and Saturday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center about a block from the state capitol building.  Packet pickup was quick and there was a small expo.  My daughter ran the Kid’s Race, it was a nice run around Capitol Square.  All the races begin and end in front of the capitol building.  The building itself is beautiful and we took advantage of the location to tour the building.

I awoke Sunday morning to thunder and heavy rain.  I walked to the start line in a downpour, but it tapered off as race time neared.  There was plenty of shelter to be found in the buildings around the capitol.  Gear check was available close to the start/finish line and I took advantage of it to stow a rain jacket.  The race temps were comfortable, with the temps in the high 50’s to start.

The race takes runners on a tour around the UW Madison campus, the Arboretum, and residential and downtown Madison.  The course is mainly on partly closed streets and a small portion is on a paved bike path.  The course passes many of the sights in Madison such as Camp Randall, the zoo, and the Kohl Center, and there are also lake and prairie views.  The course is mostly rolling hills for the first 9 miles.  There is a hill at about mile 11 that is timed for a King/Queen of the hill challenge with cash prizes.

The water stops are plentiful and the volunteers are very enthusiastic.  There are a fair number of spectators on the course to cheer on runners.  There were 5 mile and 10 mile split timers, but they were not mats.  For some reason they did not capture my splits, and I noticed that many runners were missing one of the splits.  Timing mats were used on the hill and there were no issues there.  That was my only complaint about the race.

Race photos were complimentary and there were many photographers on the course.  Runners could also be tracked using the Racejoy app.  I did not use this option since it was raining when the race started and I did not want to get my phone out.  Race swag also included a short sleeve tech tee and finisher medal.  A full Panera bag lunch awaited runners at the finish, with a full sandwich, chips, and a cookie.  Fruit and beverages (water, milk, and chocolate milk) were provided as well as one complimentary beer.

There were about 1600 runners in the half.  The start feels a little crowded but it thins out fairly rapidly and I didn’t have any problems passing runners on the course.  The course is very similar to the Madison Mini in August, though it’s run in reverse and starts/ends at the capitol instead of the UW campus.  I would say the weather is more likely to be ideal for running for this race than the August race, which is almost guaranteed to be hot and humid.  But you never know, at one time they also had a marathon during this race weekend but it was moved to November due to some years with unseasonably hot weather.

Overall, this is a well organized race in a fun location to spend a long weekend and kick off the running season in Wisconsin.

 

Thiensville Turkey Trot Recap

This race was a first for me, my first Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.  There are several turkey trots in the Milwaukee area.  This was a good size race, with about 1,000 participants and many families participating in the race.

I registered in advance and paid extra for a long sleeve shirt (registration included a short sleeve shirt).  Thiensville is about a 50 minute drive for me, so I picked up my packet on race morning.  I arrived early and had no problem parking in the lot at the village park near the finish line.  However, there was a problem with the long sleeve shirt order and they did not have any in my size.  They offered me a short sleeve shirt and a beanie hat instead, which was fine with me.  The shirt is a cotton shirt.

The start line is around the corner from the finish and the race is not chip timed.  There was a sign for walkers to line up at the back.  The beginning of the race was a bit chaotic, with kids and runners with strollers lined up near the front.  I just waited for the race to thin out before speeding up.  The course was fairly flat and is on closed streets in a suburban neighborhood.

I didn’t have any real time goal for this race, I did want to run fairly even splits.  I have been following a McMillan “stamina module” so I had completed some tempo runs in the previous weeks.   My last 5K was in May, where I finished in 25:37, with very ugly positive splits.

I ran hard but honestly didn’t feel a great sense of urgency or desire to push myself to the point of pain.  My finish time was 25:12, which was 6th in the 40-49 age group (10 year age groups).  But my splits were good, 8:01, 8:15, 8:01.

My friend finished 3rd in her age group and was told she would receive an award.  There were no finisher medals for the race.  We waited for the awards ceremony and she was given a packaged pumpkin roll cake.  There did appear to be medals for the 1st and 2nd place age group finishers.

This ranks as my 2nd fastest 5K, though my PR is a “fake” one, it is 24:53 on a very short course.  So I am treating this race as my official PR.  But now I’m wondering what I can do if I push myself.  So another 5K is forthcoming.

Overall, this was a fun race.  The volunteers are nice and it is for a good cause.  It was a nice start to the Thanksgiving festivities.

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Recap

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was my 3rd marathon and it was the first time that I ran this race.  My goal for the race was to pace well and not experience a big slowdown in the second half of the race, particularly in the last 3-6 miles.  My previous marathon PR was 4:25.  After some deliberation, I set my target pace for 9:50, about a 4:18 time goal.  I had the feeling I could run faster (my goal pace runs were done at 9:40 pace) but decided that being conservative and making this a positive race was the way to go.

The marathon is the crown jewel of the Badgerland Striders, a local running group.  Until a few years ago it was Milwaukee’s only marathon.  October in Milwaukee is generally perfect marathon weather.  The course is fairly flat, the only significant hill being a downhill.  Total elevation was 405 ft on my Garmin with 603 ft of elevation loss.  Net loss, you can’t beat that!  The course is point-to-point.

Packet pick-up at the Italian Community Center was smooth, there was a small expo.  Race swag included a long sleeve tech tee.  Race morning starts early, with shuttle buses to the start of the race at Grafton High School.  The school is open so runners can wait in the cafeteria before the race.  Warm gear can be kept on and deposited into a UPS truck while headed to the start line.  The race increased the number of runners to 3,000 this year but the race was not full.  Porta-potty lines were pretty long at the race start.  One bathroom was open indoors.

The race start is fairly congested and the pacers were very close to each other.  My plan was to start and stay in front of the 4:20 pacer.  A few feet separated the 4:10 and 4:20 pace groups.  The first 2 miles are a net downhill so my plan was to run a bit faster than the goal 9:50, but a controlled pace.  I caught up to the 4:10 pace group so I moved to the side and slowed down.

Drizzle had started as we rode the buses to the start of the race and the first 20 miles of the race were in drizzle and light rain.  The starting temperature was close to 60 degrees, so the rain felt good.  I felt OK, but not particularly strong.  As the race went on I was surprised that I continued feeling good.  I was tracking at an average pace of 9:45 but my Garmin was slightly ahead at the mile markers.  The 4:20 pace group was close behind me and even passed me at a water stop.

The race starts in a suburban neighborhood then heads onto some country roads.  Most of the course is not closed, there are cones to separate the runners from traffic, most of the roads were just one lane in either direction.  Though it is called the Lakefront Marathon you don’t actually see the lake until the end of the race, when you head onto Lake Drive and also see the spectacular lakefront homes.  Spectators were plentiful despite the rain.  Our names were on our bibs, so cheering was done with our name.  Volunteers were also plentiful and were very friendly.  Water stops had the usual water and Gatorade with 2 stops also offering gels.

I walk through water stops since I cannot drink and run.  I stopped at every water stop except the final two.  I was able to easily speed up after the stops.  I was always passing people and kept the 9:45 average pace.  I knew I would have to speed up eventually, my Garmin was still tracking ahead, but I figured I would save it until the end.  There is a slight uphill at mile 22 and 23 and I knew that after that it was pretty flat, with the big downhill at mile 24.  I had run this part of the course often so it was great, familiar feeling.  I felt surprisingly strong and started to push the pace heading to the downhill.  I finally lost the pace group.  My final miles were 9:25, 9:35, and 9:37.  I ended with a time of 4:16:56 and an average pace of 9:48.  The most important thing was the race was fun!  I never thought I would say that about a marathon.  🙂

The finish line area was very muddy due to the rain.  Collecting checked bags was quick and easy.  A small changing tent was provided.  The post-race snacks were in a paper bag, which was handy.  Beer was free for runners and spectators.  Some hot food was also available for purchase.  Shuttle buses were provided for the short ride back to the parking at the Italian Community Center.

Overall this was a very enjoyable race.  It’s very well organized, with a small city of volunteers.  I can’t count the number of times that spectators cheered for me by name.  It’s a great feeling!

Time: 4:16:56, 9:48 pace

AG: 44/120

Gender: 394/1001

Overall: 1031/2032

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HFM Maritime Half Marathon Review

The half marathon in Manitowoc in June was my 8th half marathon.  My previous PR was 1:59:45 at Fox Valley in September.  I knew that I was in better shape for this run but I wasn’t sure how much better. So my plan was to start conservatively around a 9 minute mile pace and see where I ended up.  🙂

We arrived in Manitowoc Saturday afternoon for the Sunday race.  Packet pickup was at the Maritime Museum.  We parked right in front of the museum.  The volunteers were very friendly and helpful.  Race swag included a cotton tee, running socks and a GU packet.  I now have a lot of tech race tees, so the cotton tee actually was appreciated.  The shirts also were sized for women which was nice.  The museum is actually larger than it looks and there are some interesting displays in it as well as a US submarine outside that can be toured.

We stayed at the Baymont Inn right next to the museum, formerly the Best Western.  The hotel is on the course so it is ideal for spectators.  I had a craving for Prime Rib, so we had dinner at the Harborside restaurant, close to the hotel.  The restaurant itself is very casual and not especially nice in terms of decor, but the food was good and priced well.  I was very lucky with the weather, Saturday it was in the 90’s and very humid.  Sunday the highs were in the 60’s and more typical of the weather at that time of year.

Parking was plentiful at the race start at UW Manitowoc.  The full marathon and marathon relay started 15 minutes before the half.  The race course starts on neighborhood streets and makes it way to a bike path on the lakefront.  The path is about 3 people wide but passing is not difficult due to the small size of the race.  There are no pacers for the race.   Both courses are out and back.  The course is mostly flat, there were no significant hills on the half marathon course.  We had a slight headwind going out.

There are not a lot of spectators but they are loud.  A lot of cars also honked as they drove down the street.  Water stations were well stocked and were manned by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers.

My friend Sally decided to also run the half marathon.  She didn’t tell me ahead of time but she planned to run the race with me.  She is normally faster than I am but had come back from an injury at the beginning of the year.   I don’t usually run with anyone but it worked out well.  We were on the same wavelength and ran side by side the entire race.  Our finishing time was exactly the same, down to the second.

I felt really good for the entire race.  I knew that my pace was well below a 2 hour half.  The last few miles were hard but it was nice to have Sally at my side.  The finish line is a slight downhill sprint down a grassy slope.   We finished in 1:56:32, an 8:53 pace.  Due to the small size of the race my time was also good enough for 3rd in my age group (there were ten year age groups).  Sally finished 2nd in her age group.  We received pins for the AG finish as well as finisher medals.

Food was included in the race price, a hot dog/hamburger/brat, soda or beer, and an ice cream sandwich.  It was nice to sit in the grass at the lakefront and watch other runners finish.  The school was open and the facilities could be used for a shower after the race.

Overall I enjoyed this race quite a bit.  The race was small but well organized and the course was scenic.  The out and back course was nice, other runners cheered us on as we passed them.  If I had a complaint, it would be a small one.  There was a storm before the race and there was some debris on the course.  It was in the beginning of the course so to avoid it you had to run into the street.  Not a big issue, as there was not a lot of traffic.  I would consider coming back to do the full marathon.

Time: 1:56:32

Age Group: 3/31

Gender: 20/118

Overall: 59/190

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