It all started with a 4:15 am wake up call, I've learned to lay out all my clothes the night before so that I don't forget anything, got dressed and then headed out to take all of the carseats out of my car so that I could fit all the adults in :) It was then that I discovered the humidity was a bit suffocating. I'd been watching the weather for the past week, so I knew it wasn't going to be a very 'nice' day for a half, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite so humid for the start.
We got to the shuttle pick up point and then rode the shuttle over to the start line. Took a few pictures, had a porta-potty stop, and then made our way to the start corrals. As they were starting the corrals, the advice given to everyone was not to try to make this a PR race. It was already that hot and humid. I took that for what it was- great advice!
I started off with my sister and my friend. We ran along for a while and eventually all fell into our own pace. RnR races are usually very well organized, and for the most part, this one went off without many issues. Only a couple stick out to me....the first water stop seemed behind in getting set up, so I did have to wait a bit for water there. And the water stop at mile 5 was out of cups when I got there. I heard they ran out of cups really early. The course support didn't seem to be as good as last year- more people just standing and watching, not as much cheering. That is, until I got to the neighborhoods- the locals were a bit more supportive. Positives....I loved the wet sponge around mile 11, and really didn't mind running through some hoses that many friendly neighbors were providing.
All in all, it was a good experience. Definitely not my favorite half so far and not a new PR like I was hoping for. But, training through this summer has proved to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated, so I had gone into this race not expecting a PR. I am really looking forward to my next half The Crawlin Crab...in just 4 weeks :) Maybe that'll be a new PR...
Just a few pictures:
My friend kelly from Ohio
Darlena from Run Find your Happy Pace
Half Marathon #7
Kelly, sister Katie, Darlena, and I