Hanford Half Marathon Recap

Yesterday I ran my 2nd half marathon race in Hanford, CA. You may read the recap for my first here.

Unlike Two Cities, this course was completely flat & fast.  Not one hill of death!

I told Mike my only goal is to keep a 8:30 pace per mile & I’d be happy.  Although, I never did the math to figure out what my goal time was.  I don’t like to set goals in races because I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself and it takes the fun out of racing.  I never want to feel like running is a chore, it’s my hobby & I love it!


I took Fri & Sat completely off to have fresh legs.  By race time rolled around I was more than ready to go.

This is not a very scenic course.  It’s along country roads & farmland.  I don’t mind it because it was super flat & that’s pretty much what I train on.


Miles 1-6 were easy & went by pretty fast.  I grabbed a cup of water or Gaterade at every aid station since it was warm.  I also started chomping on Jelly Belly Sport Beans around 3.5.  One thing I’ve learned is that I need to start fueling & hydrating early & stay ahead of it.  I tend to get dehydrated easily.


Around mile 4, I settled into my groove when I found a guy & girl to pace with.  I stayed close to them until mile 11.37.  (I’ll tell you why later.)  They kept a perfect pace, not slow or fast but enough to push myself to keep up.



I’d have to say mile 7 was one of the hardest.  I don’t even know why.  My legs felt heavy and slowed down a bit.  But I never let my “pacers” get to far ahead of me & always caught up.  I also grabbed another cup of water.

Miles 8-11 were more of a mind game than anything else.  Physically I was doing good.  Just the normal aches & pains.  At mile 10 I told my pacer, just a 5k left and at mile 11 she told me “just 2 more miles, we got this!”  But the last 2 aid stations ran out of water & I was becoming dehydrated.  I had to make the tough choice to stop for the first time at 11.37 when I saw a lady standing on the side of the road in front of her house and asked her if she had water.  She was so nice, ran inside & brought me a glass.  I am so grateful for her!  There was no way I would have made it to the finish line without it.


I can’t tell you how bad it sucked watching runners pass me and loosing my place.  But I absolutely had to stop if I was going to finish.  So I thanked her again and took off.  I made up for lost time & passed all but 2 people that passed me.  I never could catch up to my pacers, I think they were about a minute ahead.

Around mile 12 I saw Mike in the road taking pictures & cheering me on!  I can not tell you how much having my husband support there made me feel.  It was amazing to see him cheering for me on the course!


As I got closer to the finish line I kept doing fist pumps in the air (yes, I’m a dork) & encouraging other runners.  Then I realized we had to run past the finish line, run down another block & back to cross the finish line.  I was sad.  I just wanted to be done.

I passed one last guy and crossed the finish line feeling strong.


Garmin time:



1 8:14

2 8:22

3 8:35

4 8:34

5 8:35

6 8:42

7 8:27

8 8:29

9 8:31

10 8:37

11 8:39

12 8:21

13 8:40

.18 1:22

Garmin time: 1:52:16

Official time: 1:53:15

APPM: 8:31

I am more than happy with my time & pace!

Time for the after shots, Mike’s favorite part…making fun of me.  😉

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Results were posted super fast.  The race director get’s an A++ in my book!

I couldn’t believe it, I placed 3 out of 22 in my age group!

10th out of 97 women, 46th out of 175 overall.

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Race bling!!!


Let the eating begin.

The thing that really sucks, is the girl I was pacing with, took 1st place in the same age group.  I could have had first or second place if I didn’t stop.  But I’m still very happy about my time and that I even placed.





And an obscene amount of this~



Now it’s your turn.  Tell me about a race/event that made you feel great!

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6 thoughts on “Hanford Half Marathon Recap

  1. Cowboy

    You so smoked that course yesterday! I really enjoyed you getting so emotional after the race. I know how hard you work, but I still think your nuts!


  2. Fantastic race report!

  3. Great job! I loved your race report. So sorry they ran out of water. That must have been terrible! -Stacy

  4. Ian Baker

    Well done Jacqueline! That’s a really interesting race report. I completed my own 2nd half marathon yesterday in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. I did it as part of my preparation for the London Marathon on 17 April. It’s a course with two quite tough hills but I finished in a time of 1.48.16 which I was delighted with – a PB by 15 whole minutes! I did have the advantage of much cooler conditions than you had and all the drinks stations were well supplied – It’s unforgivable for the organisers to allow one drinks station to run dry, let alone two – well done for carrying on and having the initiative to ask that lady for some water. Wishing you good luck with any other runs you have planned.

    • Wow Ian, that’s very impressive! Great job on shaving 15 mins. off your PB. It’s not an easy thing to do.
      Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a sweet comment.
      Let me know how the London Marathon goes.

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