Hoover Dam Half Marathon: Race Recap
Our runcation/racecation to Austin was my first out-of-state race adventure! I was very excited to do my 5th half marathon in one of my favorite cities and vacation at the same time! I’d had the chance to meet the ladies of Zooma at the Princess Half expo in February, and knew they were going to put on quite the race!
Leading up to the race I’d been checking out the weather forecast like a feind so that I packed properly. I didn’t quite understand how it could read 38 for a low and 88 for a high until I experienced it for myself. The mornings in Austin are pretty chilly and then around early afternoon it warms up like nothing ever happened. (Most people say to live clothed in layers there.)
I planned on wearing a Brooks Mesh skort & my Glycerin top – with a jacket overtop, of course.
The ZOOMA Texas half marathon is a challenging course through the scenic Texas countryside with rolling hills. The 5K course includes portions of the half marathon course outside the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort property. (source)
I’ve also included the coursemap and elevation chart that I didn’t look at in a whole lot of detail beforehand either.
I was 32 seconds from a PR. Thirty-two. BUT I couldn’t be more proud of this race. I really battled mentally through a tough course and to get a sub-2 hour finish solo meant a lot to me – I only had myself to push out there. I thought back to when Kris pushed me at the Womens half …. I had her to drag me when I needed a lift. Relying on myself took a lot of focus, focus that’s taken me a while to get better at.Thanks to those hills I have to shiny new black spots on my toes too -ah, battle wounds.
The Hyatt Lost Pines resort was gorgeous and very Texas! My cousins were so awesome to wake up super early and brave the cold while cheering on me and the other runners coming into the resort – they deserved to stay warm by the fire!
Me coming into the home stretch – the lady in purple to my left was gunning in the lady on my right in blue – I pretended she was running ME in 😉 I was happy to see the awesome line up of mats to stretch on and foam rollers – how fancy! I even made a few friends while pretending to not hurt as much as I did.
Half #5, done!
I absolutely LOVED this race! Not only was it a new course, new state, new scenery, but the gals at Zooma did a fantastic job putting it together! I was able to have my packet sent to me beforehand so that I didn’t drive out and back 40 minutes while on vacation. They also sent me Muscle Milk goodies along with a parking pass since I was one of the first 500 women to register! I didn’t get to take home the elusive “PR medal” – which was pretty sweet – but did get a Zooma 2013 Satya necklace instead of a finisher’s medal along with a yoga mat and water bottle! The course was well-stocked with refreshment and staff along with an awesome post-race celebration including wine, yoga, massages, healthy eats, and Texas-flair!
Happy around the halfway point
Gunning in for the finish
Only to post for photos 😉
I hope to do another Zooma race in the future for sure! One month until my 6th half, level 2 of the Half Fanatics, and a break from these babies!
Have you ever done an out-of-state race?
Hills: love them or loathe them?