2012 Oddyssey Half Marathon Recap
I AM A HALF MARATHONER.
Today I completed the Oddyessy Half Marathon and earned my first half marathon finisher medal. I am grateful for the experience and to have shared it with running friends and family.
A recap will come shortly, right know I need rest and reflection. Check back later this weekend for my recap of this half marathon.
Still get chills when I call myself a half marathoner
Non official time – via Nike+ Sportswatch: 02:15:45 with average pace of 10’22″. To date, I’ve yet to be able to access my official time recorded by Oddyssey. Regardless, I’m quite happy with this time for several reasons. This was my first half marathon and I had no benchmark time to improve upon. When registering I selected a finish time of 2:30:00 – I came in 15 minutes ahead of my predicted time. This result reveals achieving a sub 2 hour half marathon is well within my reach, as long as I continue to run and cross train appropriately.
Lloyd Hall – the site of the Oddyssey Half Marathon Expo and bib/t shirt pickup.
The 2012 tech t-shirt is rising the charts as one of my favorite race shirts.
Sorry, no photos during the race as I ran without my usual running baggage. Also kept the sparkly skirt at home as I wasn’t feeling blue sparkly at 4:30 am. However, I wish I had brought some type of camera during the run as the costumes were quite eye-catching – yes – I’m talking about the ‘Adam and Eve’ couple.
I’m going to say this up front – it was a tough run on Saturday. The excessive heat and humidity; coupled with continuous side stitches and the infamous Mile 12 hill made this course a challenge for me. Despite the difficulties, I would not have wanted anything different. In many ways it was the perfect challenging run to put my training with Team Philly and Goals Fitness into a real world race. I’m delighted to report the training worked and I was able to apply my skills and knowledge to overcome these issues.
So let’s get down to the details of the race:
What I liked about this race:
- Convenient location of bib pickup and expo at Lloyd Hall.
- Free parking around starting area and shuttle service from Center City
- Lots of communication via email and social media to runners prior to race day.
- Timing of race a few weeks after Broad Street makes training for this race very doable, especially for novice runners.
- Lovely, yet useful, finisher medal.
- I like the ‘fun’ aspect that is promoted in this half marathon. While I am a firm believer in appropriate training for races, the heart of why you continue to run should always be because it is fun. The organizers did a superb job of making that happen by encouraging costumes for participants and fun games along the course.
- Frequent and well stocked water stops along the course.
- The cheering stations and volunteers were fantastic! They deserve heaps of thanks for their support during this event.
- Post run entertainment and massage was outstanding. More of this please.
- Running my first half marathon with friends and family. Doesn’t get much better.
What I didn’t like about this race:
- Three miles into the race, the course doubles back and runners are made to run through the finish gate. Arggh, that messed with my head for a bit. I don’t want to see the finish line until the END of the race.
- Hill at mile 12? Are you kidding me? However, I owned that hill – thanks in large part to hill training with Goals Fitness.
- There was one glaring omission with the post race refreshments – no soft pretzels. A Philly distance run without soft pretzels is just unnatural.
- To date, I’ve not been able to access my official time result.
Running humor – seriously, it is a funny inside joke. Haha. Thanks, Shanae!
Awesome runners present at this race:
Malinda Hill who writes at Twins Run in our Family live tweeted the half marathon while wearing a fabulous costume. To accomplish this takes pure talent – way to go, Malinda!
Just a few more photos from the half marathon for your perusal: