South Platte Half Marathon – Littleton, CO 4/7/13
This is a great spring race from Downtown Littleton, north along the South Platte River, into Denver. After a two mile loop around the town, there is a 10 mile stretch of concrete trail along the river and then a mile along 8th Ave. into Denver. One of the best things about this race is that you don’t have to cross roads or dodge traffic the entire time you are running along the river.
Today was gorgeous – temps in the high 60’s, sunny and minimal breeze. This race is well-organized, has aid stations every two miles – though the first one is at a bottle neck on the route which isn’t great, lots of spectators and plenty of good post race food. Registration includes a light rail ticket from the finish line back to the start – which was kind of fun, too. I mean – any race you can take a train away from is a good race, right? 😉
I ran this race in… 2009, I think. And it was a gorgeous day and well-organized and a lot of fun then, too. It is a pretty big crowd – about 3,000 runners and the bridges over the river heave under so many feet thumping away. In fact, crossing the longest bridge today, I was a little surprised by how much the bridge was moving. As I came off the far end, I heard two runners behind me talking about actually feeling a little dizzy on the bridge. It did remind me of running on the cruise ship and I knew what they meant. But my next thought really was: is this bridge truly structurally sound enough for this? Will it hold up to this many runners for long?
I hadn’t run a step since the marathon in Hilo 3 weeks ago. Not on purpose – I’m not experimenting with minimal training as a viable long-term distance running strategy. I developed an annoying chest cold upon returning from Hawaii and it lasted two full weeks. In fact, during this race half the fun was the chance to run while not drowning in snot or hacking up a lung. In one month I have a 50k to run and it is my full intention to spend these next 4 weeks doing the appropriate training. One way or another, snow or no snow, outside or on the treadmill, I will get it done.