Race recap: I set my alarm for 4 a.m. I got up and started getting ready for the Mini Marathon in Nashville. I was out the door by 5 a.m. and on my way to Nashville. My plans are to park at the finish line, L.P. Field and ride the shuttle bus to the start line. I got a little stressed out when I got close to Nashville and see the traffic is not moving. Luckily I know my way around Nashville, and took a detour. I made it to the shuttle bus just in time. By 6 a.m. I am riding the bus to Centennial Park. I’m feeling a little out of place since most of the bus riders are marathoners. And they notice my bib is different from theirs. But I held my head up high. I am here to run and even though my race is short, I’m still here! After being dropped off, I briskly walked to find my place at the start line. The mini marathon starts 15 minutes before the half and full marathon, so I needed to get to the front of the line. I made it there by 6:30 and stretched until time for the starting gun. I started off running, as I usually do. The race course included some downhill sections, which I took advantage of. I did well at my running intervals until we got to 4th Avenue. I swear this street is almost completely uphill. But I was already past the 2 mile mark at this point, so I was able to recover to run across the finish line. I got my cool medal, water and stretched. Then I ventured further into the race village to get a finish photo made and to get some energy snacks. I took a cup of strawberries, a Gatorade drink, an energy bar and some chocolate milk. I’m finished with my race after 40 minutes or so. I’m not sure of the exact time yet. It was a fun race and I’m glad I did it. I enjoyed the band stages on the course and saw some really cool signs along the way. My favorite one was held by a little boy and read….”I hope you don’t have to pee.” I laughed at that one. It was also exciting when the elite runners caught up to us.
It really did make me want to begin training for a half marathon. New goal on the horizon…..
That was my last running event on my schedule for several months. I plan on using this time to work on consistency on my running and try to increase my distance. There are several half marathons in the fall to consider…
Thanks to all my friends and family that support me in my running. Even though a lot of them think I’m just crazy! I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement. I struggle with my ankle and legs but I refuse to stop! Running is definitely addictive and I’ve got the fever!