The Jalapeno Half

I’m a little behind on my race posting, but the week before the Jalapeno Half we closed on a home that needed a little work. My free time has been spent painting, pulling up carpet, and cleaning like a madman. That counts as cross-training right? I can honestly say that I would rather run a marathon than complete a ten-hour painting session.

I had wondered how my fitness would hold up with this major life change, and I’m happy to report that I’ve kept up my running. Nutrition was another story. Did you know painting requires donuts and pizza, and moving furniture brought forth Oatmeal Cream Pies. Oh, Little Debbie, how I’ve missed you!

I’m grateful to be back on track now though. I don’t know if it was the work or the quantity of fat grams I took in, but I didn’t like feeling sluggish. It could have been the four to five hours of nightly sleep that contributed too, though.

Ah, well. Back to the race report.

The Jalapeno Half was on June 29th in Fort Worth. This was my brother’s first half marathon.

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It’s no secret that I don’t like running in the heat, but I love to encourage other runners. When my brother asked me if I would run with him, I was happy to oblige. Plus, I wanted to keep my mileage up through the summer.

After reaching the race site, I realized I didn’t have my Garmin. There’s only been one other race that I forgot my “watch” – my first 5k. I think my brother was kind of counting on me to keep the pace. Oops. I used the Map My Run app on my iPhone, but I didn’t have headphones to hear the 5 minute pace reports. I had no idea how fast I was running which was unnerving.

Before the Race

Before the Race

The race was set to start at 7:30, but there was a slight delay until about 7:45. With each minute that passed I could feel the temps rising.

After the first few miles, I made a porta stop and sent my brother on ahead. When I caught up to him at mile 6, I knew it was time to slow it down. I told him I would be taking some walk breaks and “keep it up,” “you’re doing great,” and “look for me after you finish.”

It looks like my internal pacing is a little off.

My splits are a little uneven

My splits are a little uneven

The course was out and back and hilly in places. I struggled from miles 4-8 taking frequent walk breaks, pouring water over my head at aid stations, and focusing on hydration. I felt my energy pick up after mile 8. Around mile 9, the course photographer was seated on the incline catching runners going up the hill. I told him he picked a cruel place to get pictures. So I had to run up the steep hill when I would’ve rather walked. All in the name of a good race pic, right?

I got a glimpse of my brother close to mile 10, so I surged ahead to catch him. He was struggling with the heat. He trains in West Texas in the heat, but humidity is not nearly as bad as it was in Fort Worth that day. We ran/walked the last three miles and finished together. Instant PR for him. Not bad for a first half marathon.

Post Race Smiles

Post Race Smiles

I’m glad we stood in the shade, because my face was probably as pink as my shirt.

He sent me a text later that I had to see the race results online. It looks like there was an issue with my timing chip. I snapped a pic of the results because this will likely be the only time I ever see this pace with to my name.


Don’t worry, I did the right thing and contacted Mellew about my time. I’m glad I had my brother’s time to reference. The results have since been corrected. We actually finished with a time of 2:17:48.

I hope he wasn’t discouraged by running in the heat, and I’d like to run more half marathons with him. In February.

Watch for my next post about  how I set a PR in my next race.