First of all I would like to apologize about my rant on the $80.00 half marathon. It does go for an excellent cause, and 'little' Chloe is one of the students who does directly reap the rewards of the the race. She is such an AMAZING person (as well as her whole family)who does tris, swims, runs, tennis, and every other awesome sport out there. If I would have put her first instead of the cost, I would have already signed up for the race. I seriously feel really bad about my decision. And to my luck, it has already filled up. So if any of the readers out there decide to sign up for this race next year, let me know and I can offer a free place to stay! But on the other hand, I do get frustrated with the cost of all races these days. I want to do all of them and not have the cost hold me back.
Big Chloe and Little Chloe
Anyway - yesterday I ran a half marathon in Pensacola Beach. This race was not a race for time, but more of a character builder race. It was rainy. Very rainy. It was windy. VERY VERY windy. But the 30+mph wind gusts would not stop me from running this race. And please remember - this race was pretty much right along the coast which means it is extra, superdooper windy with sand involved with the gusts. I'm surprised I don't have bruises all over my body.
Hadley, Dave, and I before the race
So me, Hadley (3:04 marathon runner) and David (Kona and Clearwater qualifier) headed that way in the FJ at 5am. For the weather, the race was surprisingly full of runners. There was a 5K, 10K and a 1/2 marathon and everyone started at the same time. With this you can turn around at any time. I needed the mileage - so I was all over the 1/2.
Too keep this race report short - here are my splits:
Total time 1:50
So I'm sure you can tell where the turn around was. Into the wind out and your back to the wind on the way in. I seriously felt like I was running in place on the way out and flying heading back in. My body felt awesome and I am very happy with the way I raced. 7th female overall and 1st in my age group. Now I'm totally pumped for Miami!
I hope everyone had an excellent weekend!!