George and I both had to work on Friday, so we drove up after he got off work and arrived around 6:30. We checked into the hotel and walked to an Italian restaurant for dinner. We split some mediocre spaghetti, had our waitress forget our order, and had some little kid come up to our table (outside) and ask for money. I wanted to find whatever parent was making him do that and punch him or her. After dinner, we went to bed early and slept like a rock.
I woke up around 6:00 in the morning ready to go. I was pretty nervous. This was my first half, I was doing it alone, and I didn't want to embarrass myself in front of my new blogging friends. I had an english muffin with some jelly and some water. I normally try to eat a banana as well, but I wasn't feelin' it. After getting ready, I packed my applesauce and headed for the start.
We were so lucky in that our hotel was so close to the start line. It was a two block, chilly, walk to the start. Immediately, I saw Holly, Mel, Brandi, and Megan. I sheepishly went up to Holly and said, "Hi, I'm Emily from Beauty and the Greek." She immediately gave me a big hug and we took a picture. I met all of the other girls, and they were all so sweet. Megan let me use her body glide. (This genius wore a mini skirt for a half.) I've never had a problem with chafing before, but then again, I had never worn that skirt on that long of a run. I also met Ashley and Faith who are super sweet, too!
|Holly, Me, Faith, Brandi, Megan, Ashley, Melanie|
Anyways, we all got into our corrals, and the race started on time. This race had excellent aid stations and crowd support. They offered Gatorade and water, and I heard that some spectators were giving out shots of beer towards the end. There were a lot of fun signs and people to keep your mind off the running.
|Sadly, this is the best picture I could find. Feast your eyes on that pronation.|
I ended up finishing in 2:12. My goal was to finish under 2:30. All in all, I'm pretty happy with this time. The one problem that I had with this race is that you join with the 10k participants for the last few miles. I was holding strong with the 2:10 pace group, and as soon as we merged, I lost them. Most of the people that you merge with are running a much slower pace. As you can see, I slowed down considerably without really noticing it.
The finish was pretty cool. You ran around the inside of the baseball stadium, and they had the finish line on the jumbo screen. There were a ton of spectators that were all cheering. It was definitely a fun finish. (Super easy to find your family members at the end of the race too.)
|Me, Melanie, Ashley, Brandi & Faith: PRs for Mel and Brandi and First Time for the Me, Ashley & Faith|
After the race, we went to a little restaurant with all of the blogging ladies from the race and more that met up just for lunch. As I said earlier, everyone was SO nice! Many of the ladies are good friends and have known each other for a while. They were so sweet to myself and the other ladies and welcomed us with open arms. I definitely feel that I came away with some new, great friendships.
So that pretty much sums up my race day experience. Now, to brag about my husband for a second.
George did the 10k and came in 5th overall! He also placed first in his age group!
He was injured and upset that he didn't meet his goal, but he still did so awesome!
That's all I have for now. We had a wonderful weekend, and it is definitely a race that I would do again.
What is your favorite half marathon?