I woke up Saturday morning and looked outside and all I saw was rain. I new it was going to be a wet race. Got dressed quickly and headed out the door to pick Julie up. It is her fault I actually signed up to run this event. I was just going to spectate and she convinced me to sign up at the last minute.
We arrived and were able to park about .20 from the start because Julie had driven up the day before to purchase a parking pass and get our bibs. I was very grateful because it was pouring when we left and we didn't have to use the shuttle to get to and from the race. I saw people waiting for the shuttle post race and standing there soaking wet did not look like fun.
Getting photo bomb here
After walking around and running into several other bloggers it was time for the race to start, late. This is where things got a bit complicated as we were not sure what side to start on and then we couldn't find the pacers that they mentioned would be there. Before we knew it we heard an air horn and people were taking off.
The first few miles we ran into a headwind and it was cold the entire time, shortly after we started I told Julie to push ahead because there was no way I was going to keep up with her and she had a goal. I was just using this as a training walk/run for the 3-day walk. She took off and within about 5 minutes the leader of the 10K that started after us was passing me. One thing I think they needed to do was separate the half marathons from the 10Ks, they had the entire road closed which meant the 10Kers had to weave between us half marathon walkers.
The rain continued most of the race for me and it was great to see friends during the out and back portion of the race. Besides that while this races was advertised as pretty, it was a wet and dreary day and I can only take so much river and farm lands before I get bored.
By mile 10 I wanted to stop, but I think that was mainly because I had to run right by the finish line. That last 3.1 miles was dull, sure we were on a really pretty path, but it felt like the out and back took forever.
Soon I was coming into the finish line. I will say for smaller race they had great post race food. Hot soup, bread, chips & salsa, oranges and banana. The one thing I missed though was a bottle of water. Thankfully I had brought some with me. I grabbed my food quickly and heading back to the car. After a quick clothing change we were on our way back home.
One thing this race taught me is I don't like out and backs at the end of the race. I don't like running past the finish line with 3 miles to go. See Jane Run was like this and I hated it then. I still hate it now. I need to start looking at race maps more carefully. I do give the race a few bonus points for being on a Saturday, I wish more half marathons were on Saturdays.
What is your favorite post race food that has been provided?