The 2008 Lander Half Marathon was what I expected.
The race went well. I decided to try a new method for me - running, with spurts of walking. Because I had never done this before in a race, I wasn't sure what to expect. My plan was to run the sections of the course that were flat and downhill, and walk the uphill sections as fast as I could. The technique worked well, and I would definitely try it again. I was able to finish the race only about 15 minutes slower than my normal half-marathon race times, and I had a lot more energy and felt better after the race. As I would walk fast uphill, the other runners would pass me, but as I reached the top of the hill and began to run down the hill, I was recovered and was able to pass those people, and a couple more. I hadn't been training to run a half-marathon distance, but rather just keeping up my fitness level by running at least three times a week for 30 minutes. I would try this technique again in future races.
The course starts off in downtown, and proceeds for about a mile before you take a left onto the road that loops around back into town. It has stunning views of the Wind River Mountains. The course is paved the entire way, but traffic is not frequent. Most of the vehicles that drove by were out supporting the runners and cheering people on.
I carried my own water during this run, and I was glad that I did. Even though the race started at 6:30 AM, it warmed up quite quickly, and it was nice to get a drink as I needed it.
The race ends where the race started, and there were a lot of people at the finish line cheering on the runners. It was a nice race and I plan to run it again in the future.
I'm planning to run more half marathons because I like the feeling of accomplishment you get when finishing a race. It makes you want to keep running for the next event that comes up.
For my next half marathon, I would wear a different pair of shoes. At about mile 10, my toes were starting to rub. I hadn't noticed it on my training runs, because I hadn't run more than about 10 miles at one time in those shoes.