Race: Cannonball Half Marathon
Runner: Eric P
Race Date: 10/12/2019
Location: Greensboro, NC
Results: 1:28:47, 7th overall, 2nd in age group
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2782753221
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
The course was great with a good mix of flats and hills and beautiful scenery of some parks, greenways, and a few open roads. I was most impressed by the post-race festivities. This was a small race, but there was an amazing band playing, lots of great food, and 5 different breweries. We got 2 beer tickets with our bib! For me personally, I probably loved my result the most! This was a 2 minute PR for me and I wasn’t even expecting or aiming for that. This was a tuneup race and fitness test for the upcoming Philadelphia Marathon, so I am excited for what is ahead. I also got to meet running legend Jeff Galloway!
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
I’m not sure why this race is called the Cannonball Marathon. Someone asked me and I still can’t figure it out.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
My pacing in this race was excellent. My 5k splits were 21:24, 21:22, 21:15, and 21:07 before the finish. I maintained a steady pace and even ran a negative split. My last two miles were the fastest! My goal was to run marathon pace for the first 8-10 miles and then pick it up. I kept looking down at my watch and I was running faster than expected. So I kept trying to dial it back and keep it under control. In the last 3 miles there were a lot of hills and I picked up the pace so I was really ramping up the effort there. Once I realized I might be able to break 1:30, I really pushed hard and I was super stoked to see this result. Thanks to my coach Maxx Antush for getting me to this point.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Stay patient and in control for at least the first half of the race.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Medium, a few hills but nothing crazy.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Yes, very organized.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
No, the field was pretty small so if you are are fast you will likely be running alone.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
How’s the Swag?
Pretty great, the medal was cool and we got a long sleeve technical T-shirt as well.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?