On Saturday March 28th, myself and several other Mountain House Runners descended upon downtown Livermore for the 2nd Annual Livermore Half Marathon. This was the 2nd time for most us actually since it’s a local(ish) race and actually pretty scenic. Check out the group pic of most of our runners above.
Not a bad group, that’s me in the back left
This race begins and ends in downtown Livermore which is effectively closed off for the race, which is pretty cool. They don’t do any sort of a wave start (though they may want to), so everybody just crowds around the start and back on down the street pre race. On the plus side, they have a DJ there spinning up some music which really helps keep the atmosphere going, and is a must at pretty much all runs where it’s allowed IMO.
I trained pretty well for this race actually until about 2 weeks out at which point the combination of our Flag Football Season (which we did pretty well at) and the long runs managed to give me some sort of plantar fasciitis on my right foot. So that sucks. I ended up doing ~8 miles the Saturday before the race, and played football. No runs during the week to try and heal a little. I want to say that it helped, since I ran pretty well, but my foot definitely still hurt.
But I was in pretty good shape, and near a adult low in weight, so I ran pretty well for most of the run. Especially the first 5 miles, check out the splits:
Then I started to feel like I was going to puke and the pace went way down. Oh well, what can you do right? The course itself though is pretty nice, it’s about 35% streets and then 65% trails (paved and dirt), there were aid station every 2 miles w/ water and gatorade. And at mile 11, Blackhawk Networks had a DJ out, so that was nice to get a little cheering section and some music when you are that close to the finish. I was rocking the Kilt for the run and plenty of encouraging comments were received. So that was pretty cool. I think the Sport Kilt is the way to go for runs. Here is a my finish line pic, so you check out the whole outfit
As per usual, I look terrible in the pic lol. I did take one pic that I think is pretty good though, you can totally check out my calves in it, and I think I am even smiling a little.
I ended up finishing in ~2:47, so that’s 30 minutes better than last year, but still about 12 minutes off my PR, so that’s not great, but it’s not terrible either. The post race was pretty cool for the event. You get your shirt, you get a wine glass, you get a giant medal that doubles as a coaster.
And you get free wine/beer, like unlimited free wine/beer. How great is that? As it turns out, not that great. 2 of our group who finished in 2:05 hit the wine/beer and got a little dizzy since they were probably in negative calories and with empty stomachs, but they lived so it’s all good. Once the whole carpool was in, we chilled for about 30 minutes and then hit up Buffalo Wild Wings with the families. So all in all, it was a great day and I’m still mulling over whether or not to run it next year.
Next up? Planning the Mountain House Kite Run (Registration available now), and probably running the Hook & Ladder, since it’s the only race I’ve never missed in my years as a runner.