If you missed Days 1 & 2, go catch up here. I’ll wait…
Okay, now that we’re all on the same page, let’s pick up where I left off. IT’S RACE DAY!!!! Start time was 7:00, so we had set our alarms for 6:00 with plans to leave the room about 6:45. We were only a few blocks from the start, and it was chip timed, so none of us really cared to stand around in the corrals forever before the start. As we were walking up, still several blocks away, we heard the gun but still didn’t bother to get in any hurry. We still stopped to get pre-race pictures before jumping in the corral.
Kim snapped this photo from the start line. The race banner, the sunrise, the arch in the background… best race photo ever.
And just a couple minutes later, we were crossing the start line. I had absolutely no plans or goals for this race whatsoever except to ENJOY IT! I hadn’t run more than 8 miles since March, so the only thing I had in mind was to keep it slow and steady so I didn’t blow up halfway through. I did a pretty good job of that. I felt really good all the way through, other than being pretty hot. It was in the 40s at the start and in the 50s by the finish, which I usually wear shorts to run in, but that day I had on tights. I ran pretty steadily until I hit the 10-mile mark and then I started walking up some of the hills, of which there were plenty. That’s one of the things I love about this course. It’s constant rollers. I have learned that I by far prefer a rolling course to a flat one. I seriously just love this race. I crossed the line in 2:21:35. Out of my 12 half marathons, that puts this one right in the middle time-wise. Given that this one was run solely for fun I’m TOTALLY cool with that.
It’s fun to think that a few years ago I ran a 2:21 fully trained and felt tanked at the end and now it’s my “fun run” time after a full day on my feet and climbing up and through and over shit at the playground…excuse me–“museum.” And I remember a day when running 10+ miles would put me back in bed for a nap before lunch. haha Okay, maybe that’s not a good point because I totally would have taken a nap Sunday if I’d had time. But instead we all headed back to the hotel for quick showers because we had tickets to go up into the Gateway Arch at noon! We thought we were leaving in plenty of time, but a complicated checkout at the hotel, lots of traffic because of the Rams/Seahawks game, a walking detour because of construction at the Arch, and a long security line made us a few minutes late. Thankfully they let us go on up anyway.
And just some more photos from the park grounds…
And with that, our weekend was a wrap. Kim and Trisha had a plane to catch, and I needed to get on the road home, so we dropped Tiina back at her car where she’d parked close to the start line that morning, and we headed back to the airport.
I had an AMAZING time with these ladies, and I cannot wait to do it again!!!!!