|I really liked this design that they used on the shirts, medals, and marketing materials|
|Ducks swimming around|
Once the race started I settled into a comfortable pace planning to take walk breaks as I needed to and then I just enjoyed running. I stopped to take pictures when I saw something particularly beautiful and I was really having a great time and felt like I was running a pretty decent pace.
|Nice downhill to start the race but this section was a small out and back so we got the chance to run right back up this hill a few minutes later|
|Another pretty section of the race|
Around mile 7 I caught up with two runners who were talking about running Oak Barrel the next weekend and I had to chime in since it's my favorite half. We started chatting about running and introduced ourselves and before I knew it we had run a couple of miles together. The three of us ran the rest of the race side by side taking walk breaks when we needed them and enjoying each others company. I NEVER run with anyone during a race without feeling as though I'm slowing someone down so it was nice to run with people who enjoy my leisurely pace. It was while we were all running together that we got to run through a residential area with some gorgeous houses on the water.
We crossed the finish at 2:38:30 and I couldn't have been happier with my finish time. I dropped a few things off at my truck, took a few pictures, grabbed some food, and then got in line for a post-race massage. While in line several door prizes and awards were handed out and I was lucky enough to snag a t-shirt as well as some blue bunny ears. The bunny ears came in handy for the Easter picture of the dogs.
|Sasha and Lucky will do anything when there are treats involved|
If you are looking for a good half to do in the early spring I highly recommend the Scottsboro Half Marathon and with a price tag of $30 if you register early you can't beat that. Did I mention that the shirt and the medal were pretty amazing too?! This one is already on my calendar for 2014 and hopefully many years to come after that.
|I love that it's NOT a white shirt|
|I really love the medal!|
Have you run an inaugural race?
If so do you feel more obligated to continue running it each year?