I was ready for it. I stuck to my plan, one that I instituted the first time I ran the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati in 2010. Walk the steeper uphills, run like crazy on the downhills.
|Did I say it was cold??|
Wiping my drippy nose!
When I awoke at 5:30 AM on race day morning, the temps had warmed even more from the previous day's forecast. It was 35 degrees and should reach 37 or 38 degrees by 7:00 AM when the race starts. Rain was still in the forecast, but not expected to move in until around 11:00 AM, and I'd be done by then and back in my hotel room. So I stuck with my plans to wear the heaviest long-sleeve running top I own, the one with the half-zip, high neck, and half-mitt sleeves. This shirt, long running pants, a bandana around my neck, and wool knit gloves should work. Even if the rain were to move in earlier than predicted, I'd be okay.
There were no corral assignments at the start, a sure indicator of the small size of the race. My hotel was close by, within a 5 minute walk, so I lingered in the hotel lobby as long as I dared before walking the few blocks to the start line.
And with a "One, two, three...go!" we were sent on our way!
Within the first 1/2 mile of the start, we were faced with the first steep uphill. But the good news was that for every steep uphill there was an ultimate downhill and if my pace slowed to a walk on those uphills, I made up for it by barreling down the backsides of those hills.
|Crossing finish line|
Another couple of miles and then we turned right, ran alongside the governor's mansion, and made our last left turn and headed uphill toward the finish line, the overhead banner framing the historic Old Capitol Building.
And then there's that finisher's medal!!
I walked back to the hotel, got cleaned up, packed, and then checked out, but not before uploading my Garmin run data to RunKeeper and sending a photo of my finisher's medal to Facebook.
I met up with some friends at a nearby McAlister's for a celebratory lunch afterward. It was a good visit, and a chance to get caught up with a couple of the folks whom I'd not seen in a while.
Here's what my 50 States-50 Half Marathons map looks like now:
Next race on the calendar is the Houston Aramco Half Marathon next Sunday. I'm fairly certain that I will go pick up my race packet, browse the vendors at the fitness expo, but not run in the race. Rather, I'll take the weekend off in preparation for my next race which is the Louisiana Half Marathon in Baton Rouge the following weekend. Until then, it will be easy recovery runs this week, perhaps a longer run this coming weekend, one or two shorter runs next week, and then the Louisiana race on the 20th.