Flying Pig Half Marathon recap

7 May

Good Morning from Ohio!

My flight is leaving later today to get back to the beach.  I still think I’m on an adrenaline kick from yesterday.  This is the best I’ve felt after any half marathon.  I think it’s a combination of the great weather yesterday and training.

How ’bout a little race recap?

This year the Flying Pig added more corrals to the start.  This was a great idea.  Not only did it spread people out, but there were less Speedy Gonzalez runners trying to pass all the walkers in the back.

Another great thing was they added more speakers!  This may seem like a small detail, but it’s not.  Last year we couldn’t hear anything.  No blessing, no National Anthem, no announcements.  This year we got to hear everything!  It really helps to pump you up when you can actually hear what is going on.  Crazy, right?

Since it was the warmest Pig ever, they had water stops at every mile.  This was also a big morale booster.  I was never afraid that I was going to become dehydrated, unlike the Williamsburg Run for the Dream.  Mom and I pretty much got water or Gatorade at every stop.  This doesn’t mean that I downed a glass of water and Gatorade every time, but I had something.  I made sure that I drank a little more Gatorade than I’m used to since it was a warmer day.  We also had beans or other “food” about every three miles.  I didn’t eat anything at the last three because I was very much over eating my beans.

There was so much crowd support and entertainment this year, again I don’t think the gorgeous weather hurt.  There were always people cheering you on and music playing, except for the last mile and half or so…

The hardest part about The Flying Pig are the hills…

Hello!  Look at the elevation the last couple of miles.  Just remember to take big strides, stand up tall, and stretch it out.  Or as we were saying during the race, “Chuck Norris doesn’t ever see hills, just straight paths!”  Yes we were Chuck Norris at some points, whatever works.

We got a lot of comments about our shirts this year.  People were really loving the mother, daughter combo.  We also met some other mom, daughter and even a mom, son team.  Hello all you family teams!

Sweaty camera picture. Sorry!

We really didn’t keep track of our splits for this race.  We knew that we were keeping around a 15 minute mile.  We also knew that we were feeling pretty darn good.  When mom checked our official time against our other Flying Pig times; she found out we had PRed for the Pig.

Three hours twenty-two minutes!!  What, what!?Also, our average pace was 15:29.  I’ll take it!

In the recovery area, there were so many goodies to eat.  We got oranges, Cheetos, Swiss Cakes, and Yogurt covered fruit (from Dole).  However, our favorite treat was the Powerbar Recovery bar.  So delicious!

We sat for a bit and enjoyed the view…

I love Cincinnati!  Even with all its crazy hills!

If you haven’t done so check out my previous posts about the Flying Pig!

Carbo loading 

How to Prepare

PR time

This was the best Pig yet.  I know next year’s 10 year anniversary will be even better!

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