Done, state #14. I was very happy with this race because of my finish time (2:22:11), the weather, and definitely the medal.
The expo was pretty decent. I bought another flower and a shirt. Oh, and I met Bart Yasso.
The start line was literally next to the hotel so I went down at 7:50 on Saturday morning. I adjusted my headphones and waited till my Garmin got a signal before getting in the corral to start the race. About 10 minutes later I was ready to go. However, as soon as I crossed the start line I met up with some walkers. Seriously? Nothing against any walkers but they need to start after the runners or at least move over to the right side. No?
This course had hills, hills, and more hills. My friend, Melody, told me to run slowly up the hills and to take it easy on the way down. I did that for most of them but there were a few that I could not make it to the top so instead I walked.
I wore a long sleeve shirt, long shorts, compression socks, and gloves. The sun was shining but it was still cold. The breeze make it even colder. However, it was still comfortable running weather.
There was great crowd support. Lots of people were out there and not just cheering for the runners but also providing goodies. I saw oranges, candy, beer, water, and Gatorade. I almost took the beer (around mile 10) but decided against it because I still had 3 miles to go and those are the most difficult for me.
I was running in my own zone that I missed Little Rock Central High School and the Governor’s Mansion? What?!?!?
The last mile was brutal. With half a mile to go I took a walking break. I began running again and noticed some volunteers were giving out lipstick. You bet I got one!
I did not PR but am really happy with my time. Will I do this race again? You bet. I want the marathon medal. It is almost as big as my face!
My next race is next Saturday in Washington, DC. I will be wearing my “lucky” socks from Pro Compression.
Just Keep Running!