So…remember when I said that I wasn’t going to race again until March 24th? Well, that was the plan.
Thing is, plans change. 😀
I’ve know about this race since I bought my “PR shoes” back in December. The store where I bought the shoes, On On Tri (Love!) sponsored the race, the GHS Centennial Half Marathon. (I wonder what they’re going to call it next year when it’s not GHS’ centennial any more…)
I decided not to do it though because it took place on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I’ve run on the trail a few times before. 😀 Besides, the Greenwood Half Marathon was the same day. (At least I thought it was. It never was, even though they changed the date.) I would rather run in a new area.
I’d be lying, though, if I said I didn’t have a little race envy. I just kept reminding myself about the Greenwood Half and then the Clemson Half after that.
Then on Thursday I realized that the race was going to be run on the Swamp Rabbit Trail where I do my long runs. (Sometimes I’m a little slow at picking up on things.) It would be next to impossible (I thought then) to get my run done swimming upstream against hundreds of runners headed the opposite direction.
So I signed up…over the phone. Awesome customer service!
How did the race itself go?
I wore long sleeves and gloves because it was pretty chilly at the start. (Turns out I didn’t really need either of them once we started running.)
I told myself that I was not going to look at my Garmin the entire run and that this was just a regular long run. I’m not racing this. Just settle into a comfortable pace and stick with it.
The first few miles were absolutely wonderful. I had a smile on my face (I think) and quickly settled into an easy rhythm.
The awesome thing about that fact is that it didn’t change throughout most of the run.
I took my gloves off around mile 3 and tucked them into my waistband hoping they wouldn’t be a nuisance. I had to laugh when I couldn’t even feel them. I thought for sure that that would annoy me but I actually almost forgot they were there.
I truly enjoyed this race. The volunteers were wonderful and well-organized. The weather was spectacular. (Though a little warm for long sleeves.) I even high-fived a few kids who held out their hands for every runner that went by. I couldn’t help it.
When we finally left the trail around mile 11.5 I had a huge deja-vu moment and I knew it was coming. That’s where I felt the worst during the marathon. That’s where I had to walk and thought I would have to walk to the finish. It felt awesome to just run right through.
That last mile, though, felt like forever. It was all in my head though. Most races I’ve run in downtown finish around Flour Field. I still had .75ish to go when I passed it. I kept plugging away down main street. (By the way…Main Street looks really strange with no cars.)
When I turned onto McBee I glanced down at my Garmin. (That was the plan.) It was a pleasant surprise to see 1:54:XX on the screen with .2 miles left to go. I had no plans to go sub 2 hours but here I was about to beat my time from the Resolution Run. This was my “casual” pace after all.
I loved this race and am so glad I decided to sign up last minute. On On Tri puts on a great event. The only thing I think they could have done better was to provide a tech T instead of a cotton t.
Can’t wait for my next half! (Btw…I do know I’m crazy and have a half marathon every other Saturday for the next month. Whoops :D)