Love. Run. Half Marathon. Report
|3rd place AG Finish!|
When the results were posted online on Sunday, I was excited to find out that I was bumped up from 4th to 3rd out of 31 runners in the 40-49 age group. Because the Master's award went to a runner in my AG, I became the 3rd place finisher.
Course: I brought my own fuel, but they handed out water and Gatorade along the course along with one GU gel handout; root-filled trails (I saw a runner fall, but no falls for me), some hills, mostly shaded, plenty of race markings so you'll stay on course!
Weather/Clothes: perfect weather, blue skies, 45 degrees at the start, Nike shirt and cap, North Face skirt, Saucony Ride 6 shoes. I like the race finisher's shirt and the Project: Love One shirt I was given for volunteering.
|Got the Medal!|
Fuel Pre-run: white rice, banana, coffee with milk (I'm not a coffee drinker, but maybe the caffeine helped.)
Fuel During Race: This worked well: 1 serving lemon and 1 serving caffeinated Raspberry Tailwind Nutrition (the total calories and carbohydrates was similar to taking 2 gels) in my 20 ounce handheld water bottle. The two flavors mixed together tasted good and my energy was steady throughout the race.
Post-race Food: chicken and beef soft tacos, oranges
Volunteers: At the finish line, I ran into a race volunteer who I only know because of our blogs! Later that afternoon, I volunteered as course marshal at mile 25 of the marathon held on the same course. One runner jokingly asked to be carried to the finish line. I know that feeling!
|Race Sign: Try to be better than yourself!|
Our RV Race-mobile: My husband and I stayed at the park in our RV for the weekend. I didn't even need an alarm to wake up for the race since we were there and the race didn't start until 8AM. The day after the race, I rode my bike on the race course and saw one of the encouraging signs leftover from the race (photo). The ride was supposed to be a recovery ride, but I ended up riding up a lot of hills that I had forgotten about!
Race Organization: I ran this race in 2012 and both races were well done. Project: Love One raised over $30,000 from the race to help orphans. Along the course, they posted photos of children they've helped. It's a great race to run if you're near Houston in February!
The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40