There are some weekends that I feel that hopping on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is a huge race tease. Luckily, this weekend I was a part of all of the racing fun! I ran the Women’s Half Marathon for a fun way to get back into racing after the Chicago Marathon. I picked up my race bib from the expo (check out my post from last year, as it didn’t change much), had a relaxing dinner, and was up bright and early for a very chilly race morning!
Meghann and I carpooled to the race, and decided we would run as much of the race as we could together. We have so many of the same race and always have a blast – yesterday was no different! We chatted for a bit, and then got in a nice easy rhythm. We spotted her fiance a couple of times on the course, and he snapped some fun pictures! We are suckers for a camera
(Photo Credit to Meghann)
The cloud cover really kept the temps down. I never felt hot or uncomfortable – it was the perfect time for a half marathon. It was even nice enough for Callie, who is 38 weeks pregnant, to be out with her husband and the mini athlete, cheering us all on like crazy. She had signed up to run the race before baby #2 was on the way, but had to sit this one out. We spotted her at the 4.5 mile mark and were soooo excited to see her!
(Photo Credit to Meghann)
(Photo credit to Callie)
We gave her a big wave, and were off for the rest of the course. Once we got to the pier around mile 7.5, we had a pretty intense head wind, and that is where Meghann and I split up. I was feeling fine, and decided to just cruise for the rest of the race. The course is really awesome, but I really can’t say much for the last 3 miles. It took us around a lake and around Tropicana field, but the spectators were minimal and it was pretty boring. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the course! I picked it up for the last mile or so at brought it in strong.
(Photo Credit to Callie)
Running races for fun is so worth it. So many times when I toe the start line, I have a time goal in mind. I had no expectations for yesterday’s race, and had no interest in pushing myself. I wanted to have fun with friends and take it all in, and that is exactly what I did. I was laughing and smiling the whole time, and just enjoyed an easy Sunday morning run.
The only difference on yesterday’s run from regular weekend runs? I ended up with one of these!
What can I say… I do it for the bling
A huge congratulations for all of the first time half marathoners that were out there yesterday! I knew so many amazing ladies finishing the distance for the first time, and loved seeing all of their updates. Congrats to Melissa, who really kicked butt! So proud of you!
Another big thing event that happened yesterday in our house – Winnie turned one!
Yes, she wore a birthday hat on her big day. What can I say, she likes to be festive We have had so much fun with her the past year, and have loved watching her grow. It is hard to believe she was this big when we brought her home.
And now she is 75 pounds of crazy dog!
Happy birthday sweet girl!! You make our days a lot more fun and exciting!
Anyone else race this weekend? How did it go? Do you ever run races solely for fun, and have no time goal in mind – or are you a slave to your watch?