Sunday, October 7, 2012

On the Run: Brooksie Way 1/2 Marathon 2012

I think 2012 will be remembered on Vegan Road Runner as "The Year of the PR."  It seems like every race I run I set a new PR!  Last Sunday was no exception when I ran the Brooksie Way Half Marathon in Rochester Hills.  This was the second year I ran the race, the last time being in 2010.  I love this course because of the beautiful scenery along the Clinton River and Paint Creek Trails at this time of year.  I also love it for the hills.  As you can see from the elevation chart below, the second half is a bit more challenging than the first! 

Mile 9
My initial plan was to run with the a pace group, something I've never done before.  I was nervous to do it because the group runs at the same pace for the whole race, whereas I tend to start out slower and pick up the pace as the race goes on.  I wasn't sure I could keep up at the beginning but figured I would at least catch up later on if I lagged behind.  I chose the fastest pace group - 1:40 - but hoped to finish in less time than that.  I ran with the group for the first half mile but was feeling so good that I quickly pulled ahead and never looked back.  

I ended up finishing the race in 1:33:33 - 9 minutes faster than in 2010 and 5 minutes faster than my previous half marathon PR earlier this year!  There are some fast women in my age group, though.  I hoped to place but finished 4th.  The 3rd place finisher was just 30 seconds ahead of me.  Argh, SO close!  Another challenge for next year!



Vanilla Chia Pudding (this recipe, minus the cocoa), banana

Everyone I Know / Lightning Love
Pickin' Up the Pieces / Fitz & the Tantrums
Don't Stop (Color on the Walls) / Foster the People
Smooth Criminal / Alien Ant Farm
Mountain Sound / Of Monsters and Men
  You Called Me / Mayer Hawthorne
Runaway Baby / Bruno Mars
Hurts Like Heaven / Coldplay
Second Chance / Peter Bjorn & John
Under Cover of Darkness / The Strokes
Sixteen Saltines / Jack White
Born This Way / Lady Gaga
This Fire / Franz Ferdinand
Misery / Maroon 5
Telephone / Pomplamoose
  Kick Drum Heart / The Avett Brothers
Hooked / Mayer Hawthorne
Little Lion Man / Mumford and Sons
Kiss with a Fist / Florence & the Machine
I'm Shakin' / Jack White
Felt / Garbage
  One Engine / The Decemberists
  Shut Up and Drive / Rihanna
Supermassive Black Hole / Muse
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) / Kelly Clarkson
Blood for Poppies / Garbage
E.T. / Katy Perry

Gorgeous stained-glass finishers' medal

Next race: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon - Sunday, October 21st

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