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The Hottest Half Race Report

The Hottest Half

Sunday I had the pleasure of running The Hottest Half down at White Rock Lake in Dallas. It was a 1/2 marathon-10k event that brought out over 600 runners for the half and nearly 300 for the 10k. A nice turnout for a local road event in the balmy Texas heat.

This morning highlighted the typical weather we have had for much of the summer – hot and humid. Regardless, it was still a fun day to run with a bunch of other crazies.

The course basically worked the east side of the lake and I was a bit concerned that it would be kind of a boring and confusing course. It turned out to be a very fun route and unlike the typical “run around the lake”.

I ran the first four miles in more of a “cruise” mode and then a guy came up next to me and asked if I minded if he hung with me. I said “not a problem” and maybe we could inspire each other. As you can see from my mile splits below the pace gradually picked up until the last couple of miles where the pace dropped a bit. It actually was a blast working together to real people in and felt much easier than doing it solo for some reason.

Hottest Half Splits

the data

I didn’t even want to look at my watch after each mile because I knew we were going at a decent clip for me especially since I have been training for an ultra with no speed work. Those last couple miles is where my race buddy and I separated. He actually slowed a bit at an aid station and never caught up…until the final 50 meters and he passed me. I congratulated him on catching back up and told him to go get the guy in front of us…he did.

The finish was a nice little uphill grind that made you earn that finishers medal. Good stuff!

I finished with a time of 1:33:16 (chip time). The rest of the race results can be seen here.

You can check out the rest of my Garmin data here.

My race nutrition consisted of 100-200 cals of Hammer Gel Espresso .

Afterwards, there was cold beer, water, other drinks, fruit, energy bars, and some breakfast burritos! Enough goodies to quickly replenish those carbohydrate stores.

Thanks to the RD and volunteers for doing an amazing event!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “The Hottest Half Race Report”

  1. on 04 Sep 2008 at 3:56 pm Kim

    Good luck in your 50 mile race this weekend!

  2. on 19 Sep 2008 at 7:14 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks Kim! It was a challenging but great time!