Whew! Done with state #27!
Last week I was supposed to run in Denver but a few days before the race I decided not to go. I was tired and my mother was going back to Mexico and I wanted to spend more time with her.
I arrived in St. Louis at 10am and got on the MetroLink to get to the hotel. Once I was settled in I made my way to the expo at the Convention Center to pick up my bib. I like the shirt a lot but my favorite part were the two Chipotle cards I picked up.
After the expo I went to the Gateway Arch. It was a beautiful afternoon and I sat down and relaxed for a bit.
Race day came and I was up at 5:40 am. I got ready, made coffee, ate my ClifBar, and was out the door by 6:30am. It was COLD!! I know I am from Chicago but it’s been a while since I’ve ran in 28 degree weather. I had a Nike longsleeve shirt/jacket underneath my Swirlgear shirt, capri pants, and gloves.
There were hills and downhills. I don’t look at the elevation map anymore before a race because I know there will be hills. I just mentally prepare myself for them. I liked the course. We ran through some nice parts of St. Louis. However, my favorite part was after Mile 9. The area and homes were just gorgeous. I never take any pictures along the course but wish I did. I read other race recaps full of pictures and I get jealous.
Throughout the course I like reading the spectators’ signs. I don’t get tired of reading them except one: “Worst Parade Ever”. For some reason that one really annoys me. My favorite ones I saw today: “You’re Running Better Than the Government” and something along the lines of “Forget This Race and Let’s Grab a Beer”. Both signs made me laugh. Oh, and the latter sign was at mile 12.
The weather did get better along the way. I was still cold but not as cold as in the morning. The sun did help but there were some shaded area and that’s when I was cold again. On the plus side there was no wind at all.
My finish time? I am really happy with my time. I did not wear my watch. Instead, I used my Nike + app on my phone and then once the race began I put it away in my Fitletic belt. I am glad I did because I have a bad habit of constantly checking my pace and time.
Next race is Manchester City Half Marathon on November 3rd. According to the website, the course is hilly and challenging with perfect running weather. The best part of the race is that the VIP is Kathrine Switzer. She is best known for being the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon only to be physically assaulted by the race director. That did not stop her and she continued with the race. And it did not end there. She went on to run 39 marathons and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. Such an inspiring woman!