Alamo 13.1 race report…

   Is this the nicest finisher’s medal for a half or what?

Getting his hands on a 5×5…

  All the cubes…

San Antonio was nice for spring break, except for a ton of other people had the same idea.   I won’t rehash the travel other than we hit the children’s museum and discovered they’d just opened an exhibit on Rubik’s cubes.   Jasper collects them and it was heaven to him.  It was a nice bonus to the trip.

So the Alamo 13.1…..I had a great pre race ramen dinner at a little Japanese counter place.   I didn’t have to get up too early since the race was close to my hotel.  The cold front meant long sleeves….it was 40, which is really cold for Texas in March. Pet peeve here…..the race started late for no apparent reason, and the website said there would be corrals and there weren’t so lining up was a free for all.  I got out pretty quick though and my plan was try and stay on 8:15 pace.   The course went through a ton of San Antonio landmarks so that was fun.   It was a full tour all on foot.   About halfway through the course wove through the zoo on some nearby bike paths, it was pretty but did slow the pacing….lots of twists and turns.   The last few miles went on the river walk, which was really neat but not fast running.   I ended up with 8:20 average pace (1:49 finish) which I was pleased with given the multiple turns and cobblestone parts.   I would say this is a good race to do if it’s accessible, but I wouldn’t make a special trip for it.  The shirt was nice, and the medal was one of the best I’ve ever gotten for any race.  The course was well marked, but it was a slow course and not spectator friendly.   The post race food wasn’t my thing, but they made a nice effort.   Local micro brew, donuts, and baked potatoes, and the one thing I did get was a nice fresh fruit cup.   Other the the late start, and a horrible packet pick up location, the race was well done.   Maybe a good one for a girls weekend or something.    For a fast one stick to the 3M here in Austin.  I felt like it was really good for me to race a half though.   If I can throw in an occasional race I think my marathon will really benefit.   Up next in two weeks the Austin 10 miler!

And now back to reality…..I just had 5 days off but did kid stuff continuously.  So maybe work won’t be so bad tomorrow…..

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