This time last week I was just finishing up the Scenic Half Marathon in Sandpoint, Idado so I guess it’s time for a race recap. Krista, Leanne, and I had headed down across the line on Friday evening and spent the night and all of Saturday in Spokane, WA shopping (maybe a little too much) before heading to Idaho to rest up before our races on Sunday.
This was my first time visiting Sandpoint (interesting fact, the owners of the ski hill where I used to work as the Marketing Manager are from Sandpoint) and it is such a pretty area. Leanne definitely made the right choice in accommodations as we were only steps away from the start line, and our hotel room balcony overlooked the beautiful lake.
I went into this half-marathon with a completely different mind-set than the SeaWheeze. I had no time expectations, no pace I wanted to hit, I just wanted to listen to my body and have fun running in a new-to-me area.
Mission accomplished, even though it’s still up for debate whether those last few miles were actually fun
It was a late start considering the weather was still very summer-like and by the time I crossed the finish line it was really hot.
I wasn’t the only one affected by the heat. As we were waiting to have our picture taken we heard that a lot of the speedy runners had difficult races and that it was an off-day for a lot of people.
But since I didn’t set any expectations on myself I’m still happen with the way the race went.
The race started in the park and headed out of town over what is appropriately and affectionately named The Long Bridge. One big, long, straight stretch over the water. Once we crossed the bridge we continued along a bike path that ran adjacent to the highway. The path was partially shaded by trees and there were a lot of rolling hills all along the way. It reminded me of a paved version of the RiverWalk Trail I run here in Midway. It was an out-and-back course so once we reached the turn around point we headed back towards the bridge.
The second time across the bridge was a completely different experience. The wind had picked up and the sun was now high in the sky and shining directly down on us. It was hot and windy but I still ran according to how I felt and I was feeling alright. I walked when I felt I needed to and kept well hydrated thanks to my hand-held water bottle.
Once we made it back over the bridge we headed back to the start/finish line. But before we could cross the finish we had to run another shorter out-and-back course on a walking path that meandered along another smaller body of water. Those last few miles were tough and I quickly re-filled my water bottle at the first aid station to help get me back to the finish line.
I was still feeling relatively strong at this point even though I was relieved to know that I was almost done.
As I came off the path and took the sharp left towards the finish line Leanne snapped this picture of me.
That’s one great thing about having speedy friends, they’re always done before you and are nice enough to take your picture while you’re still running
I finished in 2:38:17. Not my fastest race but better than my last half-marathon.
Overall it was a great weekend and I can’t wait to run it again next year.