|Allan loves waking up early and sleeping in the car while I drive to races!|
Instead Allan and I went up the morning of, picked up my packet, and waited for the start which is right in front of LP Field (Titans Stadium). Just like last year it was cold at the start but warmed up once we got started and the sun was out. We ran a couple of miles before hitting the greenway which is my favorite part of this course.
|I like this picture because I look happy and I actually could pass for having a butt!|
Honestly the only thing I don't like about this race in general is the lack of runner etiquette and there's only so much a race director and staff can do to control that. People run 3-4 wide on the greenway section and more than once I saw runners on my side interfere with lead runners heading back in. Don't get me wrong, I'm super glad that some girl and her very bestest friends decided to run a half for her 22nd birthday which made it "a birthday she would never forget" but there was no reason that they had to run 4 wide for MILES on the greenway. I finally couldn't take it anymore and ran faster than I usually would have just to put some space between myself and their pack. Next time ladies, run two wide and stay to the right! Hopping off my soapbox now...
|One of the views along the greenway|
Alright, back to the race. It's very scenic along the greenway and quiet so if that's your thing then you'd love this course. You also get some pretty great views of the Nashville skyline as you run back in for the finish. Several people ran with headphones so if you can't run without your music and enjoy the views you'll have your music to keep you entertained.
|View of the Nashville skyline on the home stretch leading to the stadium|
It's nice to get to a point on the course where you can see the stadium and even though you have a mile or so to go at least you know where the finish line is. Once you enter Titans Stadium they put you up on the jumbotron and when you are approaching the finish line they announce your name and where you are from. Last year Titans cheerleaders handed out medals but this year there were local children that had that honor. This wasn't my best half but it wasn't my worst one either. I finished at 2:47:45 and I'll take it since I had to take a bathroom stop around mile 10. I know this is a course I could be much faster on and I wish I had felt better and been able to run faster but I still had fun and that's what it's all about for me.
|Sprint to the finish-no idea what I'm doing with my hands here|
Besides the usual water, bagels, and bananas offered post-race they have a nice hot breakfast upstairs in the clubhouse where they have pastries, croissants, hashbrowns, and coffee. This year my stomach was a little angry so I didn't stick around to eat much or to try to win a door prize but we did last year and really enjoyed ourselves even though I didn't eat much then either. They have plenty of food for runners and your family and friends so it's a nice race to have people come and watch you at the finish and then be able to sit down and eat with you after the race.
|Apparently I think the more I pump my arms the faster it will make me|
This year the shirts were a yellow color that I'm not a big fan of but it's different than anything else I have so I can't say that I hate it. The medals were the same design as last year's but the colors were yellow and brown which again I didn't really like. Overall this is my favorite half in Nashville because I hate hills and large crowds so if you are in the Nashville area you should check this one out!
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