Race #409 – Charleston Half Marathon – Charleston, SC – 01/13/18

There were a lot of firsts in this race: It was my first race ever in Charleston (not sure why), my first race of the year, my first half marathon of the year, and the first time I’m seriously considering never running another half marathon. I’m actually already registered for three or four more already this year, but I’ll have to see how things go between now and those races. As I write this, the race was about ten days ago and I’m still recovering. Gone are the days that I can run a half marathon and not give it a second thought and be ready to run another one the next weekend.

My race wasn’t exactly terrible although it was slower than any half marathon I ran in 2017. The race didn’t go over the big  bridge so it was almost entirely flat, so I don’t have the elevation excuse. There was a lot of wind and we ran into a headwind for about the final 10 miles of the race, so that slowed me down a little, but I think I’m reaching the point where my main obstacle is age. Next month I’ll be 66 and I’m starting to feel like it. As much as I’d like to be an ageless wonder I don’t think it’s gonna happen, so I’m rethinking my running goals. I’ll probably run a few more half marathons this year, mostly because I’m already registered, but I think I’ll start concentrating on shorter races — mostly 5k — in hopes that I still have some decent races ahead of me. Only time will tell.

Okay, so I haven’t said much about the race itself. It was fine — well organized, nice course (especially the first half of the race), good food afterwards, and nice age group medal awards.

Despite being slower than I would like, I still managed to win the 65-69 age group with a time of 1:48:28 (chip time). That’s 106 half marathons in a row under 2 hours but I have a feeling that streak might end this year.

I should probably finish this blog entry before I complete depress myself to the point of retirement. I’ve got a 4k and an 8k race scheduled for this Saturday, which will be two weeks after the half, and at this point my I’m just hoping my bum knee will allow me to finish the 4k without too much grief. I’ll probably skip the 8k. We’ll see.

NOTE: I accidentally left my Garmin watch at home so I don’t have the normal stats such as elevation, weather, and course map. 

Race Number:  409

Race Name:  Charleston Half Marathon

Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Date:  January 13, 2018

Race Rating:  98


Course:  Point-to-point flat course around The Battery and through the historic section of Charleston then north for 10 miles, ending in North Charleston.

Elevation:  Not sure of the exact elevation since I forgot my watch, but almost completely flat.

Weather at Start:  Clearing skies after a lot of rain the previous day, temps in the mid-40s that felt colder with the 10-20 mph winds.

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My Stats:

Time:  1:48:28  (chip)
Pace:  8:16
Age Group:  1 of 14
Overall:  319 of 2437
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:24:33 (69.05%)


3 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

8 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
8 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
4 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  98


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