Ellen and I ran the Inaugural Revel Canyon City Half Marathon on Saturday and WOW it was amazing! I was not so secretly (what’s the point of keeping a running goal secret? Who cares if you don’t make it?) hoping to break 1:30, but the thought of running a 6:50 average seemed impossible. I texted Gisele, my running friend/mentor/guru the night before saying “6:50. There is NO way.” Her response, “Go watchless.” I ALMOST took the advice. I wore my watch but rather than obsessing over it I started with the 1:30 pace group for the first 7ish miles and was flattered when the pacer looked at me and said, “You really need to be ahead of me right now.” So a new friend I met in the pack (we were all talking as a group the first 7 miles which calmed my nerves and made it feel more like a training run) said he would push the pace with me. He told me not to look at my watch and just run. We made our way down to Azusa (yes, this is a net downhill course..my next goal is to run this time on a flat or hilly course) and we kept talking most of the way (the last two miles hurt so I didn’t really talk) and when I turned the corner and saw the finisher clock at 1:27 I thought “Ohhhhh myyyy gooodnesss.” Never did I imagine I would EVER run a half this fast. My final time was 1:27:33, averaging a 6:41. I finished first in my age group and was awarded with a box of yummy powerbar chocolate wafer treats. All the other runners ahead of me were older, which makes me hope my best running years are ahead of me! Ellen also had an awesome race, finishing 2nd in our age group with 1:34:44. She’s getting SOOOO FAST! We’re going to ROCK the LA Charity Half! The race was so well organized, and it was fun to run so close to LA but to feel completely way from it all in the mountains. I am definitely running another Revel event in the future.
Thinking of running this race next year?
- Fast course
- Point to point finish
- Choose your size t-shirts
- Headbands, pre-race blankets and gloves
- Easy parking and shuttle to the start
- BEAUTIFUL mountain course
- Lots of pacers
- Post race massages
- FREE photos and race time cards
- Easy transfers if you’re unable to run the race
- Course did not allow for many spectators
- Quads and knees might hurt if you aren’t used to downhill courses
- A few hills in there that surprised me!
- I made friends and talked the whole run, but it had potential to be a lonely race
- Bag check truck was late and was apparently stuck in the canyon. We waited about 20 minutes. It honestly didn’t bother me but some people seemed annoyed.
- Might be an intimidating crowd if you are new to running. Mostly serious runners.
Here’s what I ran last week:
- Monday: Three Mile Run with Back on My Feet
- Tuesday: Four Mile Run with Brent and Two Miles at 6:48
- Wednesday: Three Mile Run
- Thursday: Three Mile Run
- Friday: Off
- Saturday: Canyon City Half Marathon
- Sunday: I’ll probably only end up doing a lap at Lulu 🙂