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 ago...now it's time to pick another race to train for!