|In the 40s for the beginning of the race
One of the things that I really like about this race - they have a 'walking' division. So the walker I am signed up to walk this half marathon. And new this year, since they did want all off the course by 12:00 noon (on a 9:00 AM start), they offered an early start at 8:30 for anyone who wanted the extra time. So for the first time in all these races I've done so far, I got to take part in a race with an early start.
There were 15-20 early starters, some walkers, some runners. They wrote down our bibb numbers, blew the horn and we were off. It was a bit weird for a few blocks. People were on the race course/side walks not having any idea that we were participants in the race. But time & distance did resolve that. It was nice getting the early start. At about mile 4 the runners started passing. The passing did not cease until the end of the race. That was really the major difference as typically few people pass me in a race and towards the end there are times I see no one else on the course.
My goal this year was to finish the race under 3:00 hours. Last year I was in better shape and completed the race with a pretty good walking time - good enough to place 2nd in the Walking division. But this year, finishing under three hours would be fine with me. Ironically my watch battery went dead as soon as I started it for this race. Oh well. So I had no idea of my timing during the race and in hindsight think that I enjoyed it more.
I had my camera with me and got a couple of pics from the backside of the race:
I met my goal and finished under 3:00 hours, actually it was just under at 2:59:25, a 13:42 mile pace.
It was a good race; it was a good day.
|Jen post race before body temperature started coming down
|Jen & me post race with me scarfing down an everything bagel with cream cheese! That is one of the benefits of doing these races :)