For as long as I’ve been a runner, I’ve been told that the one race you want to avoid running in Jax is the Marine Corps Half. Not just from one person, but from nearly every single person I know that has run it in the past. The main complaints are the terrible weather (it’s hot and humid!) and that the end of the course is brutal. You run up a pedestrian bridge, over the rail road tracks, then have to run down a spiral ramp. Then you run, in full sun, along the river. That part sounds nice, but not when it’s 85 degrees in full sun!
Ahh the Space Coast Half Marathon. AKA my slowest race ever. First, before we even talk about the race, look at these splits: 5K – 35:33, 10K – 1:16:07, 15K – 1:57:02, Half – 2:48:12, Average Pace – 12:51 — Yes, that average pace was even slower than my first marathon here last year. And you know what? I’m 100% okay with that!
I’ve been scared of this weekend ever since I added “Long 20” to my training calendar this summer. The idea of running 20 miles seemed beyond crazy and completely outside of my comfort zone. I started stressing as it got closer because it looked like I was going to have to do it on my own too, and we all know how that goes. Blah!
Busy, Busy Day! We have LOTS of visitors (Grandma Ruth, Granny Gloria, Papa Larry, Sarah Beth and Taylor) and have been running around all day. B was up early, as usual, and hung out with Adam and Grandma Ruth, they had a great time. I got up and headed off to Kelly’s baby shower. She’s due in early February and we can’t wait to meet her little guy!
My newlywed “nestie” friends and I got together for dinner at La Naps (YUM!), then to make dinner for our boys at Entree’s Made Easy. As always, we had a wonderful time – I’m so lucky to have found these girls, they’re wonderful! 🙂