Monday, October 19, 2009

2:02 -ish

Well, folks, I successfully finished the Columbus Half Marathon in around 2:02.  (Depending on where you look it was either 2:02 or 2:03 - I prefer to round down!)  I made one brief pit stop to check out the quality of the portable restrooms and walked through a couple water stations so I wouldn't slosh water all over my face, but otherwise, I kept moving the whole time.  

It was a beautiful day in Columbus.  Really, really, really bone-chilling cold, but still beautiful.  (Shout out to my mom for the North Face gloves she gave me last Christmas - those babies really helped me out!) The course went through some of the big neighborhoods/areas in Columbus - Bexley, German Village, the arena district...At every turn there were people cheering on the runners.  I've never seen anything like it.  You couldn't go 5 feet without someone rooting you on.  It was a nice touch. Kudos for the city of Columbus for putting on such a nice race.

Around mile 10 I started thinking, "I'm never going to do this again," but I'm feeling better about the race today.  I have a new appreciation for full marathon runners.  I can't imagine running double what I ran yesterday...although that's what I said about half marathons a couple years it's time to pick another race to train for!

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