6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Frightfest Half Marathon Lessons Learned

I was re-reading my Race Report from the Odd-ball Frightfest Half Marathon this weekend. I generally do a Lessons Learned after my races, truly this time there were so many factors out of my control that I have only a few.

1. Do not wear a swishy rain coat in a race, no matter how hard it is raining.

2. Test your Musical device ear buds 10 minutes or more prior to the race.

3. Carry your fluid with you, especially if you have no idea where the water stops will be.

4. Be nice to your husband (support crew), he is just trying to help...OK that is a personal one.. Sorry Honey!! I was so focused on the RACE that I did not appreciate the romantic gesture.

5. Make sure you check the race results of a SMALL race, especially when you know there is serious organizational issues..

Let me explain #5 a little... I emailed the Race Director to see the results (which still have not been posted) and there was a female who finished before me in 1:40?? UMMM WHAT?!?!?!

I know that I can go on autopilot and miss things, it is NECESSARY especially when trying to tune out the smell of cows and the BORING long straightaway race course. But I know for a FACT that there was not a 24 year old woman running a 1:40 Half Marathon in front of me..if there was I would have been trying to catch her.. Yes I am competitive.. Here I am telling everyone that I won and I really got smoked by over 7 minutes?

So I kindly emailed the Race Director and said "There were no women in front of me on the course besides a few walk/runners who started early and were doing the Marathon." STEAMING with a bruised ego I awaited the reply. "You are right, that couple started an hour early and finished in 2:40."

He then sent me the revised list...WOW!! I thought after Seattle Rock 'N' Roll Marathon that I wanted a Small Town race. This weekend I learned there is such a thing as TOO SMALL.

6. If the Race Director does not send you a confirmation and reminder email the week prior to the race. Be AFRAID! Be very AFRAID!!

23 comments:

Tom, Lynette, and family said...

Hahahahaha...I love you. And I don't think the Whidbey Island one is quite so small. I checked it out when Micki said she was interested too, and I believe I read it's a BQ. It can't be THAT small then, right?!

I'm so excited...TWO WEEKENDS IN A ROW!! Hehehehe...I'm a huge dork.

Twincerely,Olga said...

congrats Girl!!! Love that list!

Nicole said...

My one experience in a small-ish 10K last summer ruined my desire to ever do a small race! I love the excitement (and organization) that big races afford!

Morgan said...

Totally speechless!

If it makes you feel better the race director for my Half posted on everyone's race recaps except mine and I think it's because I wasn't favorable and complained about the lack of water on the course. I learned my lesson and will def bring my own next time!!!

onelittletrigirl said...

The only small races I do come from word of mouth; I learned my lesson the hard way too!

Way to stick up for your 1st place!!!

Kerrie T. said...

Yikes. I'm glad you said something.

Irene said...

Good points! I don't think I've run in a race that small, but, you would think they would have a better grasp on things since it is smaller. Yeah, defend your first place status!

The Happy Runner said...

Yeah, small races can be great but TOO SMALL races are not. I ran one in June and it was annoying, too. They gave awards to the top males/females in each 10-yr age group. Turns out there were 2 women in the 30-39 age group: Me and the woman who finished LAST in the race. They gave her the award. I didn't say anything, but was annoyed.

Jo Lynn said...

Yup, I learned #3 on my sprint tri I did in September. Three miles, two water stations. They didn't tell me they were at mile two and 2.5. It wouldn't have cost me a cent to carry my own water and I did suffer.
I wonder if the 24 year old peed her pants when she saw she had won the half marathon in 1:40. LOL I bet she didn't call the race director, eh? ;)

Kelly said...

I loved your comment on my blog- you are right, it is awesome to have a cheering section!

oh boy on the small races haha- but you can win them right? so thats always good haha

Oz Runner said...

way to fight for your win, you earned it...i would have done the same thing...

robinbb said...

Congrats again on an awesome race. You have to love that we have to go through an experience to learn something. Sometimes the learning experience is not as fun as the good info we get from it, it's awesome you were able to place first therefore negating some of the not so fun parts.

TMB said...

I love small races simply for the fact that it is the only time I ever win/place in my age group ... and I hate them for all the reasons you listed.

Way to speak up about the results. Don't let anyone take your glory. Even for a minute!

Laura said...

You are way more polite than I would have been...Good fight for your right to WIN!

Lacey Nicole said...

i thought i wrote to this already but i was mistaken!

my thoughts: THAT EXACTLY happened to me twice at races. it's so annoying but super easy mistake to make by the race director. walkers who finish ahead or just missing someone or mistaking the finishers. it's such a terrible feeling too. at least he corrected himself.

you learn so much!! thanks for passing this on.

do i spy a rock n roll marathon countdown? are you registered???

Marlene said...

Ohhhh boy, definitely some good lessons here re: small races. :S

Glad you got the results sorted out. You earned that victory!!!

Stephanie Nichole said...

RE: Your comment...
I know! I was contemplating having everyone in the bloggy world email him on my behalf... but I thought that may be grounds for harrassment!! haha. I'm STILL thinking about it.

Stephanie Nichole said...

nipmuckdave@charter.net

haha harrassment charges here we come!!! Ah its fine as long as I"m not banned from the entire state of CT... at least not until I get a marathon in ;)

Fair Weather Runner said...

Hey Lady! CONGRATS on your 1/2 win, that is AWESOME. You are incredible. Yeah, I've been MIA, but should be back now for awhile :) My legs indeed need a break, but I'm at total peace with it. I'm excited to do a lot of other stuff! So anyway, Congrats again on your great 1/2 time AND win, despite conditions and a badly organized race.

Amanda said...

great list, I'm glad you get to keep your victory!!

Anna said...

I ran a 5K this weekend and at the water stop, the guy was literally filling up each cup as the runner would come to the table. And to make it more slow, the water container must have been almost empty because he was doing the two-handed tilt the jug down fill the cup thing!

shellyrm said...

Talk about stealing your thunder!! I love small town races but that takes the cake! I guess it can be TOO small. Good to reflect on the lessons learned. Thanks for reminding me of some good ones.

aron said...

haha i LOVE #4!!! i have definitely done my fair share of being mean to chris mid-race - oops :( not nice! lol but sometimes you just are not in the mood for the niceness.