They say this is America's prettiest half, but also the toughest. I totally agree with both of those statements!
This race has a later start, 9 a.m., which is nice since I live an hour away, I don't have to wake up super early.
I woke up at 6, got ready, ate my peanut butter and banana sandwich, and headed to Lexington.
My first stop was to pick up Kim from her hotel, so her hubby and kiddos could sleep in. I love that we only live a couple hours from eachother, so we do a lot of the same races, which means I get to see her a lot!
We got to the race at 8, thankfully the sun was shining, but it sure was chilly!
We sing the National Anthem, which is one of my favorite parts of every race, and off we go.
The hills started immediately. And they last the whole 13.1 miles. No breaks, no time to relax, because as soon as you do, there's another hill. (46 total)
My first 3 miles were under a 12 minute pace, but I knew that wouldn't last.
I had decided I wasn't going to worry about my time though, I was most likely going to walk the hills, and I was going to just enjoy the beauty and have a good time.
The course was absolutely beautiful! Countless horse farms, with thoroughbreds grazing or running along side of us.
About hills: I want to get better at them! My plan is to do some hill training this Spring. I loathe them, but I want to beat them. I want to be the one running up them. There is nothing wrong with walking them AT ALL, but I always want to push myself and get better. When I see people running hills, I always feel a twinge of "I wish I could do that". That is my goal!
We found eachother again around mile 11, and she was in a lot of pain. (She hadn't ran at all since our marathon in Nov.!) So I walked with her for about a mile and a half.
Around mile 12.5 I ran on ahead so I could run in the last little bit.
This is what greeted us at the finish line: Bourbon ball doughnuts! I can't describe how good they were. Although I only ate about half of mine. I just can't eat right after a race, unless it's a banana.
I later found out these will be available at Thornton's soon. Oh man....
|Kim did so good too! One of these days I'm going to beat her ;)|
I may have said a few times this is the last time I'm doing this one though... :)
This is how I ended my night. See, I don't have much willpower when it comes to ice cream. It was worth every calorie!