I’ve always loved the half marathon distance, so I won’t pass up the chance to run one.
My boyfriend’s Mom suggested the Great Western Trail Half Marathon as a Spring race and I agreed right away. I love trail running and this race seemed like a fun one. It was relatively cheap for a half and during a good time of year.
I went to this race without any time goal. I had just run Naperville’s half the weekend before so I was treating this race like more of a training run.
It was very cold at the start of this race and we had to wait around for a bit after the shuttle dropped us off before we could get to the start line. We all had to walk about a half mile to get to the start line which was a little frustrating, but mainly because I was so cold and just wanted to get moving.
I turned the music up, hid my watch under my sleeve, and took in the scenery as I went. I didn’t know what pace I was running and I didn’t care. My toes were frozen for the first couple miles, but they regained feeling later on.
The surface was great to run on and I loved that the course was a point to point. I’d never run a race with a course like this. I basically ran in a straight line for 13.1 miles and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would.
I crossed the finish line at around 1:48 and I felt great. I was smiling and I was proud. 8:16 average pace and it was enjoyable. And I ended up placing second in my age group, so I got an extra medal!
And Kyle showed up at the end which made me really happy. I love that he’s so supportive of my crazy running habits. He definitely gets it because his Mom loves running so much too and I’m thankful I have the chance to run races with her.