Half Marathon #6! Yes, I completed my 6th half marathon. As I mentioned before the race (read here), it's still hard for me to believe how far I've come (read more on My Story).
May 4, 2012....a GORGEOUS spring day here in central Ohio for the 10th Capital City Half Marathon. For me, it was a perfect day for a race. However, I must have been a little excited as I realized when I was getting in my car to leave that I had forgotten my breakfast. Oops! Just glad I realized it then and could grab it.
Jamie and I drove downtown together and we got there much earlier than we thought we would. You just never know about race day traffic! Since we had a little time to wait and it was chilly....we saw some other smart people waiting out of the wind in an enclosed stairwell to a parking garage. Brilliant! We joined them, of course!
We met up with our running group friends for a photo-op and to walk to the starting corrals together. This is always nice so as you stand around for a while, you can wait with friends. With 14,000 of our closest friends, we found the correct starting corral and stood around trying to stay out of the wind.
|Can't even see the starting line!|
Finally, announcements and almost race time. We had a moment of silence for Boston, followed by 'Sweet Caroline' which is just always a fun song. The corrals at CapCity are roped off, so it may take longer to start, but it's actually really nice as there is (somewhat) less weaving at the beginning. Although, with that many people, the first 4 miles were CROWDED.
There were three of us running together with a few more that weren't sure they were going to stay with us. Andrea, Stuart and I ran all 13.1 together and had a fun time. Running a race with Stuart in his kilt is usually good for some laughs. Men running in kilts are becoming much more commonplace, but there are still some really bizarre comments from people when they see him. Unfortunately, Andrea was having some knee pain, so the race was pretty difficult for her. Stuart and I did our best to talk and tell stories to hopefully keep her mind off of it.
The course was pretty crowded for the whole race which made the water stops difficult. However, there were a lot of bands and DJs along the course so there were not many stretches of quiet.
|Finish chute. Thanks Jeff Henderson for the picture!|
Official stats---I have no idea. I could find them, I know, but that's not what this race was about. This race was about the fun and camaraderie of the running community and my running friends. It was sticking by a friend in need of distraction and helping her get to the finish line. It was celebrating the fact that my legs can take me on these amazing adventures and keep going the next day. This race was a reminder of how far I've come and where I still want to go.