I feel like this weekend flew by! It was filled with running and spending time with my family, which is great since I’ll be moving out of Georgia in April. I’m so happy that I signed up for the Snickers Half Marathon (which is in my hometown!) with my older brother JT. Although I was (and am) very exhausted, it was a great race!
The tiredness started on Friday when I decided to not drink coffee so that I could go to bed early. I never realized how dependent I was on coffee, that’s something I need to change. However, it worked because I was tucked in bed by 10:30 PM with my alarm set for 5:15 AM.
I woke up and was actually filled with a lot of excitement. I couldn’t believe how hyper I was at so early in the morning. My brother was the same way, even though he was suffering from little sleep due to his demanding job. My mom, sister, brother, and I finished getting ready and arrived at the race about 20 minutes before it started. This gave us time to find our pace group and see some old friends running the race.
JT runs between a 9:30-10 min/mile and I had been running between 9-9:30, so we agreed to stay in the 10:07 pace group. The race includes a marathon and is actually a Boston qualifier, which meant there were a LOT of people from all over. With all of the people and both races starting at the same time, JT and I were pretty far back in the crowd. In fact, we couldn’t even hear the announcements being made. We were both surprised by the starting gun shot! But it definitely got us moving!
The gunshot really must have surprised me because I started the race having to the bathroom really bad. I tried to ignore it and focus. JT & I did a pretty good job maintaining that 10:07 pace for the first mile, but we ran faster without meaning to! I think that happened because I really had to use the bathroom. I decided to stop at around mile four. Porta-potties are grody!!!!
Even after I used the bathroom, we still ran faster than our original pace. At one point, JT realized we were running an 8:30 min/mile! We were pretty stoked. But we toned it back down at around mile 9. And after mile 10, we began walking through the water stations. I think it was mainly because I accidentally spilled all of my water on a volunteer while I tried to grab my water…. Oops…..
I was completely over the race at mile 11. I just wanted it to be over. Luckily, JT had hit his runner’s high which motivated me. I was so glad we were in this together, until we got to the finish line and homeboy shoved me! He didn’t mean to. A girl we had passed a while back came from out of nowhere and JT’s competitiveness kicked in. He began sprinting and I was just caught in the fire. He crossed at 2:02:49, I crossed at 2:02:52. We probably could have completed at around 1:58 if I hadn’t used the bathroom. But oh well. We had fun!! It was a lot of fun teasing one another during the race (daring each other to scream at random people, playfully pushing each other, etc) and just being silly with one another.
The route is super flat and it’s a definitely runner’s race, so I recommend this for all the serious runners. The only issues I had was that the route was too residential, a bit confusing, and narrow. I was so over running through neighborhoods because people would just stare at us. No cheering. Just staring. Liiiiiiiiiike stahp. It was also unclear which side of the cones we should run on (at one minute it was too the left and at another it was too the right). The narrow route made it sort of hard for JT and I to run side by side. The narrowest part was towards the finish line, and that’s why the swinging of his arms caused me to stumble.
The medals are shaped like turtles (popular in the area). S’cute!
This was the first time in a year that I was able to run this much without stopping. I felt a little crappy after the run and never wanted to run again, but now I know that me being ~*dRaMaTic*~ and I’m ready to sign up for another one! I love racing so much And it was so much fun running my bro!
Now to roll the mess out of my muscles!