I enjoyed the perfect weather we had, the beautiful course with all the colors of autumn along the way, the scenery was gorgeous. The Police and Volunteers were EVERYWHERE which meant for a very well organized race. I just enjoyed the whole event.
Thomas and I drove down the night before and stayed in a Days Inn that I wasn't so sure about considering the room was $49 bucks a night. I didn't want to break the bank but I wanted to be close on race day so I went with a cheap room. I have to say I was VERY pleased with the room. It was cleaned, the staff was nice and helpful and the room was a steal for the money, so I will book here again in the future just because of the great experience I had this time.
We got there and picked up my packet and noticed they had tshirts/visors and such on sale. We had no cash so we found an ATM, the main reason I NEEDED something from the vendor there is that I wore a long sleeve shirt because I anticipated cooler temps.... it was too hot for my long sleeves on this run. After finding the ATM I went and bought a technical shirt $5, a cup $1, a visor $1 and a wind pullover $10. Loved they had these things for sale.
My friends Leigh Ann and Glen were there and running this race too, here is the funny thing they stayed in the same hotel and we didnt plan it that way lol. They had planned to run this race together.... so I ran my race all by myself (beside the first mile which I started with them). The race course was great as I said earlier and I pushed myself as hard as I could to try to make a PR.
I finished the race in 2:58 which is under the 3 hr mark, and that is always a good race for me, I thought I would PR. The Gun time is 2:58 and they didn't list my chip time. My fasted chip timed half marathon (Oak Barrel 2015) was 2:54:54 so I would like to beat this. I know My chip time for Red carpet half was better than the gun time but I do not think it was 4+ minutes better so lol it wasn't a PR for me. I did do well considering the hills and pacing myself and not having a running partner. So I call it a win!
Now, next weekend I get to do it again! I run with Leigh Ann for this race though so I wont be alone... its the Florence Half, this year KICKED MY ASS last year, because I had C-Diff and didn't know it, and cramped something God Awful, so I am looking forward to redeeming myself this race and showing it who is boss around here. But, considering how extremely sore I am right now lol I am not so sure about this race, hopefully I recover over this week and will be ready to run 13.1 again next week. haha
Anyway, it was a great day! Here are some photos!
|Here I am right after the finish|
|Here I am after cleaning up and putting on my new wind pullover and visor|
|This is the beginning of the race with my friends|
|Here is the jacket that prompted me to sign up for the race in the first place, isn't that a badass jacket?|