You know you’re a runner when…
You kickoff a great friend’s bachelorette weekend by running a half marathon together!
This past weekend was Meghann’s bachelorette weekend, and I would expect nothing less than having it started with a some sort of exercise. The Orlando Half Marathon fell on the perfect weekend so that we could incorporate it into her bachelorette festivities. Meghann, Ashley and I were all up nice and early on Saturday to get the race in. Meghann’s sister Kelly was nice enough to put us all up for the night, so we had a short commute to the start line, squeezed in a potty break, and made our way to the start line.
Ashley and Meghann were going to run together, and I decided to go ahead and run my own race. I wanted to use the race as more of a workout (which I decided when I was at the starting line) than taking it nice and easy like the Women’s Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago. I kept a pretty solid sub 8 minute pace for the first half, and then hit 7:59’s for the last 3 miles. It was just hard enough so that I felt that I needed to work bit, without feeling like I was hurting or out of breath. I finished right around 1:43, which I was perfectly happy with. I went into the race shooting for a 1:48, but ended up pushing it just a bit harder for the 1:43.
The race course was changed this year, which I was a huge fan of. This was my 4th time running this half marathon (my most recent time being last year) and this was my favorite course of them all. It was in more of the neighborhoods around Orlando, rather than a couple industrial places of the past. I hope they keep this course for years to come – I know I’ll end up running it again. It is one of those races that isn’t usually on my race calendar, but tends to get squeezed in. The race organizers do an awesome job with it!
After I crossed the finish line, I grabbed a bottle of water, and then went to find Meghann and Ashley. I wasn’t waiting for too long when I saw the unmistakable image of a bride running down the street. Kelly made Meghann a super cute “Runaway Bride” tank to run in, and she also wore a veil and tiara to compliment the outfit as well! She looked so cute!
I hopped back on to the course to finish the race with the others girls. We all collected our medals, grabbed a container of chocolate milk to refuel, and then we were outta there! Breakfast and festivities were calling our names! The rest of the day was full of pedicures, food, and of course some bachelorette shenanigans with the girls. Oh, and a really fun part – we all had matching shirts for Meghann’s big weekend (from Etsy!) – just a little reminder for the bride for these last few weeks!
Keep Calm and Say I Do!!
Side note – Congrats to my friend Eric that completed his very first half marathon this weekend at OUC as well!!! Way to push through a very physical and emotionally tough race! You are a half marathoner!!!