Before we dive into my race recap I must say Happy Birthday to that dad of mine! Happy Birthday dad, hope you have a great day!
So, the race!
The race started at 9am and only about 15 minutes away but I had no idea how parking/traffic would be. I woke up at 6:20 to give myself time to eat breakfast (over night oats are my pre race meal) have a cup of coffee and allow myself time to digest.
I left the house around 7 to avoid potential traffic and find parking. I had plenty of time and didn’t have any taffic/ parking issues. So I sat in my car for a while to stay warm and eventually headed to Veterans Park where the race started and ended so that I could pee 8 millions times (literally).
They asked everyone to head to the start line around 8:45 and I got a prime spot up close. I always try to get as close to the front as possible, I would rather people pass me then have to weave around other people. The race started promptly at 9:00 am which I appreciated, unfortunately as the race started I realized I had to pee. I tried to convince myself otherwise and that if I HAD to go I could stop at one of the porto potties on the road.
I started out strong and tried not to take it out too fast because I didn’t want my legs to die before the end. The weather was a tad chilly but the sun was shining and a great day for a race. The course was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. Every so often there were slow inclines and at one point we ran through a park that was a gravel path of slowly inclining hills.. so that wasn’t too fun. But honestly throughout the whole race I felt really good, I mostly focused on the music I was listening to and just kept trucking along. My legs didn’t really start to feel tired until mile 10 and at that point I was right where I wanted to be to beat my last time so I knew I just had to keep on going.
I never ended up stopping to go to the bathroom, I really didn’t want to mess with my time. Once I got to mile 12 I looked at my garmin and saw I was at 1:32:00ish and I knew if I wanted to make it in under 1:40:00 I needed to give the last mile all that I had left in me and that is exactly what I did. At that point my legs were def getting tired but I was so happy to almost be done.
I ran through the finish line at 1:39:19 and promptly walked to the bathroom to pee.
Needless to say I was very happy with my race and time. I was happy with how good I felt the whole race and didn’t have any stomach issues that got in the way.
Thank you Sono Half Marathon for giving me a free race entry in exchange for promoting the race. I will definitely be back next year!
How was your weekend?
Did you run any races?