|Beautiful start to a morning!|
|Probably one of my favorite spots on the course|
On race morning we picked up Dawn on our way to the race. Nothing like meeting someone for the first time at 4:00 in the morning! When we got to the start area we sat in the car for awhile before making a trip to the bathroom. Our late bathroom trip nearly caused us to miss the start. When we came out of the bathroom everyone had disappeared so we took off running for the start. I did a terrible job of stretching pre-race and my hip did not appreciate this! Allan tried to tell me to spend more time stretching but do I listen?! NO!!!
|We might have been running late but there's always time for a pre-race photo!|
The first mile is entirely downhill and the next couple are mostly pancake flat. After that there are some uphill sections, downhill sections, and lots of flat running. Nearly the entire course is picturesque with numerous breathtaking views. I stopped to take several pictures but I still don't believe they do the course justice!
|This was around Mile 10 or so and I thought it was beautiful with the sun shining through the trees|
I will say that there are some steep uphill sections on the course and while there are several long downhill sections I believe a majority of the course is flat. If you're a numbers person I'd estimate the course is 60% flat, 30% downhill, and 10% uphill. That's just my opinion though! Obviously I don't have a nifty course elevation map to back that theory up. I'm sure somewhere somewhere does though!
|We ran on a good amount of gravel which as it turns out I really liked|
While the race didn't go as planned as far as my time (2:39:11) I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience or a more beautiful course. This is certainly a course to PR on and I only wish my hip hadn't started to hurt so bad causing me to walk much of the last 4 miles. I plan on running this race again next year and getting that sub-2:20 if I don't have it before then!
|We were having a discussion about my lack of sweat since I had just crossed the finish line|
|Our strong runner pose apparently!|
|20 half marathons in 20 months!!!!|
How many half marathons have you run?
Are you racing the states?
What's the most beautiful course you've run?