Houston Half Marathon Race Report – Dakotah Lindwurm

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Race: Houston Half Marathon

Runner: Coach Dakotah Lindwurm

Race Date: 01/16/2022

Location: Houston, TX

Results: 1:09:36 8th Place

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/6533164821

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. It is an incredibly flat and fast course. Houston is definitely the place to go if you are looking for a PR.
  2. Crowd support throughout the whole race. Despite it not being “spectator friendly” there wasn’t a lot of quiet sections during the race.
  3. Start/Finish near each other. I enjoy not having to take a long bus ride to the start.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

This year it was a little colder, though I do think it was an anomaly of a year.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

It was very weird running with Keira D’Amato for the first 7 miles, as she was running a marathon at my half marathon pace. HAH!

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I personally felt I went out at a pace that was smart for me. Houston is notorious for going out super fast with the marathon and half marathon starting together. But I was able to keep in check and run my race.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Pack for any weather in Houston!

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

It is one of the flattest courses I have run, but there are some slight inclines/declines near the end of the half.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

It just goes around the city, so I wouldn’t say its “pretty”.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

No, it is very very easy being that it is flat.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

It is a well oiled machine. Houston is a gold level race, and they know what they are doing.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Houston always brings in a strong field.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

It’s not an easy race to spectate without a car. But is since the start and finish are near each other it would be easy to catch those without a car.

Dakotah Lindwurm is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about her or to work with Coach Dakotah, check out her coaching page.