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On Sunday I ran the Delaware Half Marathon.  It was also state #40 in my goal to run a half marathon in each state.  I am hoping to be done with this goal next year.  

I left Saturday morning and took a flight to Philadelphia.  When I arrived I waited about 20 minutes for a shuttle bus to arrive and take me to my hotel in Wilmington.

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Luckily my room was ready.  The front desk clerk gave me a bag that had two bottles of water and a cookie.

Then I unpacked and went to the expo.  I love it when the expo is in the hotel I am staying.  I got my bib and shirt but did not buy anything. I signed up to get FREE race photos.  I began talking to the volunteer that was there about my 50 states goal.  I mentioned that I planned to run in Hawaii next year.  He asked me if that would be my last state.  I said “no” and the idea was born to make it my last one.  Currently, it will be my 48th state.

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Then I got something to eat.  I ordered a chicken wrap and a beer flight.  Yummy!  I also ate my cookie at the hotel.

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Later I met Kim for dinner.  We ended up going to the small restaurant in the hotel.  We talked and laughed.  We had a good time.  Once back in my room I got my stuff ready and went to sleep.

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Race morning it was in the mid 50s.  No rain and no sun which makes it perfect for running.  I made coffee, got ready, and ate a Clif Bar.  I met Kim and her mom in the lobby and we walked to the start line (about 15 minutes away).  The race started and ended at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.

My two goals for this race were to enjoy it and to finish it.  I remember at one point I was hoping to make this race my PR race.  My training hasn’t been going that great so that idea went out the window.

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This race is not flat.  Well, for about 4 miles it was flat.  Then it was all downhill and uphill.  I thought I was going “fast” in the downhills but my watch told me something different.  We ran in Brandywine Park and that was simply gorgeous.  Lots of trees – very peaceful and relaxing. 

A little after mile 6 it was up, up, and up.  I saw Kim and she was in her zone.  This is when my legs started to hurt.   

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Beginning at mile 7.5 was the Munchkins Mile.  Lots and lots of munchkins.  I grabbed two and kept going.  It was here that we ran through a nice neighborhood.  The houses were beautiful and I remember what seemed to be like a small park/lots of trees in the middle of the two streets.  

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I remember that after mile 9 someone told me that I had already run the most difficult part of the race.

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Then it was back to Brandywine Park (more downhill).  

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I almost cried when I saw the mile marker for mile 12.  I was very sore and tired.  The last mile was uphill for 1/2 mile and the rest downhill to mile 13.  That area is “Lawyer’s Row” and I saw a bunch of law firms such as Richards, Layton & Finger; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;  and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.  I used to work at the American Bar Association so I recognized those firms.

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I was so happy to see Mile 13.  I did stop for a few seconds to catch my breath and then ran to the finish line.  

Finally done!  I got my medal and a bottle of water.  I kept walking and saw Kim and her mom.  It started to drizzle and at first I was OK, but then eventually I got cold.

I sampled two different Dunkin iced coffees.  The pistachio almond fudge was good but the butter pecan was even better.  Then we got some beer and pizza.

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Our hotel was at about mile 12.5 of the race course.  During the race it was nice running downhill, but heading back to the hotel it was all uphill.  That was rough.  

Once I showered and changed, I met Kim and her mom for lunch.  We ended up going back to the same place I had been to the day before.  This time I had a cheeseburger and a mimosa.

Overall, I thought it was a great race.  The weather was perfect.  It was well organized. There were plenty of water stations and the volunteers were wonderful.  There wasn’t a lot of crowd support, but the views made up for it.  Again, Brandywine Park is gorgeous.  What I did not like were the hills.  I was very sore.  My left leg was bothering me and I stopped a couple of times to stretch.  Want to know what was going through my mind throughout the race?  I told myself over and over again that I should start training on hills.  Someone asked me if I would do it again.  The answer is “yes”, but I would train on hills.  🙂

I definitely recommend this race.  Two thumbs up from me!

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17 Comments on Tuesday Topics: 2019 Delaware Half Marathon Race Recap

  1. It is hard to train on hills when you live in Chicago! You’ll have to head out to the ‘burbs and find them. Nice review and how fun that you met Kim and her mom!

    • Thanks Wendy. I know many runners head out to The Morton Arboretum. I am planning to do that as well. My plan is to do 1 long run a week there and hopefully that will help with the hill training.

  2. Great recap and it sounds like a great race. Hilly courses are tough, but I actually prefer them to totally flat courses. I guess the downhill is worth the pain of the climbs. LOL on Lawyers Row being in the last mile. Probably the only time you’re glad to see law offices. Nice to see I’m not the only one who enjoys a good pre- and post-race beer. 😉

  3. I’m so glad that we got to met up this weekend and run this race.

    I had the same thought at mile 12. When I saw the hill I just shook my head but then decided to try to powerwalk up the hill so I could get the race over with, lol.

  4. So glad to read you enjoyed the race. I think they changed the course from the time I ran it. I liked the hills, but I definitely appreciated the mostly downhill finish. I think a nap was a good call, rather than a shake out run.

  5. Ha ha…yes, hill training definitely helps! Do you have staircases where you live, or at your school? Stair-climbing very closely mimics hill-training. It’s a steeper incline, but that’s not all bad 😉 This sounds like a great race! The medals are nice, and you got to meet up with Kim and her mom…score!!

    • I thought of you because I remember you once had a post about stair climbing. I live on the 2nd floor but they’re loud and creaky and don’t think my neighbors downstairs would appreciate it. I will be going to a local place where runners go for hill training.

  6. Sounds like you had a great race day. So fun that you got to hang out with Kim too. Wow did not realize that you have already run in 40 states so cool. Congrats and thanks for the link up

  7. Sounds like great race weather! And that is so nice that the expo was in the hotel you were staying in. Great job pushing through during the race, that elevation profile looks tough.

    • Thanks. Even though it was a very small expo, glad I just had to take the elevator down to get there. I did not check out the elevation prior to the race. I wonder if that would have mentally prepared me for the ups and down or if it would have stressed me out?

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