Number 2 half marathon for this year is in the books!
And since I already shared with you that I got a new PR – 2:09:30 (I originally said it was 2:09:33, but then when the final results were posted on the website, it was 2:09:30) – so you KNOW it was a pretty good race!
I had made us both oats in a jar on Friday to take with us, along with some bananas, so breakfast was super easy and convenient and we will definitely do that option for other out of town races!
We left the hotel at 6 – race didn’t start until 7:30 – but since there were 18,000 runners, I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. And after being downtown for the expo the night before, parking seemed hard to find and I didn’t want to deal with that either. So we got there early. No traffic. Easy, close, cheap parking. Then walked across the street to White Castle to get some coffee…because there were no Starbucks open yet. We sat in there for a good 45 minutes drinking coffee, hitting the bathrooms, and watching the place fill up with other runners…
I had been checking the weather nonstop the week before the race because the chances of rain kept going up. It did end up just starting to sprinkle when the race started. It was just a light rain for the first 11.5 miles, and then at 11.5 miles, it really started raining! That’s really when I got soaked and my feet got soaked because THEN there were puddles. At least it was towards the end!
Around mile 12, and I found this out after the race, The Hus was standing at the end of the one tunnel we ran through, but I never saw him. And he barely caught me, he said. Apparently he was looking towards the finish line taking pictures, and as soon as he turned his head the opposite way, I was running RIGHT in front of him. haha. Here you can tell how much it was raining…
After this race, I have realized that I think I tend to overdress. I HATE getting cold when I’m running because then parts start going numb, and I HATE running when I can’t feel my toes and fingers! But this time, since it was in the mid 50’s, I decided to dress slightly cooler. But I DID wear gloves just about the whole time because again, I hate my fingers going numb! I took them off for a couple miles in the middle, but then put them back on – which was a real struggle at that point, haha. But, overall, I felt like I was dressed properly, and maybe even ran faster because I knew if I slowed down, I’d start getting cold! lol
And p.s. I LOVE the Spibelt! I used it to keep my phone in because I knew it would be raining (it’s not waterproof, but at least it was something…I just should have put it in a ziploc bag first…). Anyhow, I never feel that thing! I had to reach down and fell it a few times to make sure I was still wearing it and my phone was still in it!
I wore my headphones the whole time, but never listened to music until around mile 9 or 10; and then I ended up turning it off around mile 11 because it was annoying me.
I don’t remember what mile it was, but we got to run through Churchill Downs. Of course it was raining, and muddy, so I didn’t bother to try to video it or take pictures, but there were horses on the track practicing and they were getting ready for the Derby.
Somewhere around mile 10, I started feeling my energy levels depleting, so I planned on grabbing some powerade at the next water stop (even though I HATE that stuff!), but a prayer that I didn’t even pray got answered instead – I came up on some people in a neighborhood handing out orange slices! I grabbed one of those and I was good to go until the end. Thank you strangers for handing out orange slices while we run through your neighborhoods. We appreciate it.
So one of the highlights of this race was the finish line. The Dream Shatterer thinks this is a slap in my face, but I’m kinda thrilled about it…I literally crossed the finish line WITH the WINNER of the FULL marathon! Yes. This guy – Bryan Morseman – finished the FULL MARATHON in 2:22:36, and ran through the ribbon at the same time I crossed the finish line at 2:09:30. UNBELIEVABLE! I was just amazed. It amazes me how fast these elites run marathons…
After I finished, my phone wasn’t really working, so it took us a little time to finally meet up with each other. It was just craziness. There was also a fair/festival going on at the finish line, so there was just a lot going on. We finally met up, I hit the gong, got my medal engraved, got my 3rd medal for doing the double – The Run The Bluegrass half in Lexington, and the KY Derby half in Louisville – and we headed for the car. In the rain.
Since we were both soaked, we grabbed dry clothes and changed in the car. The windows had fogged up, so we didn’t flash everyone. Plus, other people were doing the same thing in the parking lot…You do what you gotta do.
We found a little diner that had biscuits and gravy, and grabbed some lunch before we started on the 3.5 hour drive home. Man, it was so good too! We LOVE finding these little mom and pop joints that are unique to each city instead of going to the big chain restaurants.
And that was our weekend in Louisville! I really enjoyed this race – despite the rain – it was well organized and a lot of fun. The course was good, and the people were friendly. I wanna move there.
Now I’m gearing up for Cap City half marathon this Saturday! Will probably just do a strength class this week, lagree, maybe a short run and swim…I don’t want to do too much, but I don’t want to do nothing.
Have you ever ran a race in the rain? Did it make you run faster or did you find it harder??
What do you pack for pre-race breakfast when you are traveling for a race???