Two years ago I ran the full marathon and this year I ran the half marathon. My flight was late from my layover in Baltimore so I did not make it to the expo till after 1pm. The city of Hartford was definitely ready for the runners.
It was a gorgeous morning on race day (50 degrees). JB and I walked over to the start line at about 7:20 and were there in about 10 minutes.
At about 5 minutes before 8, I saw and met Kim from (Just) Trying is for Little Girls. We’ve ran in two different races this year but had never met. Kim and I started together but then got separated. I then saw her a bit later and ran behind her for about 4 miles. She is one awesome runner!! I got separated again from her at one of the water stops. Then as I began running again I saw Jess from Run with Jess. She is another great runner and I ran with/behind her for about 3 miles. These 7 miles were not easy; they were HILLY! However, I ran each mile (except mile 5) under 10 minutes. Yes, I was pleased. I guess those two girls brought me good luck. 🙂
A little after mile 7 I saw a friend and her husband giving out water (non official volunteers) to the runners. I stopped for about a minute while I ate a Gu and drank water. I was very thirsty and drank enough water to get me through the next few miles. I ran mile 8 in 10:54. The rest of the course had its share of hills but I knew that each uphill also had a downhill and I flew down each one. Most of the course was shaded but there were some parts that I wished I had sunglasses. I used my hand to cover the sun so that I could see better and not trip like I did in Omaha.
The spectators and volunteers were WONDERFUL!!! They sure made this experience so much better.
And just like the marathon I got to run under Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch to cross the finish line. My finish time was 2:17:01 which is almost a 3 minute PR.
At the finish line we got a cute medal, a real water bottle, and a small reusable bag with some goodies. There was a food tent for runners. In order to get in you needed a ticket that was attached to your bib. I was happy with this process because I’ve been in some races in which spectators also helped themselves to the food when it is only for runners.
Overall, it was a GREAT race! I am so happy that I decided to run this race and now have an official half marathon race in CT.
I know it is hard to see but here is a picture of the elevation map.
Next race is Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon on October 20.