April 29th, I headed west to run the Park to Park Half Marathon half marathon ~ #15 for me :)
This course takes you from Stuarts Draft Park to Waynesboro’s, Ridgeview Park. All the parking is at the finish line area, so you hop a bus and ride to the start line in Stuarts Draft.
The last bus leaves for the start line at 6:30 a.m. and I needed to get my bib, so I decided to ride up Friday night and stay in a cheap room :)
This is about two hours from home...I was nervous about driving at 4 a.m. since I really don't know the area. I am always nervous. Am I going to have a hard time finding it, ? parking, ? etc...next year if I do it I will drive in the morning, it was super easy access and had plenty of parking! Yay!
I ended up at Day's Inn and it was nice.
I actually had a friend to meet at this one! I met Mary on Instagram and we hung out briefly at the Richmond Marathon.
#Throwback to Richmond
I was super excited to see her again and have time to chat on the bus ride. Mary is pretty speedy, so once the race race starts I am in her dust, but anytime I actually have a friend at an event it is a treat for me.
The start line
...and remember I said in my May Runfessions I didn't even get in a picture...well, I lied. I was flipping through pics and noticed Mary and I chatting at the start line 💙Where's Waldo??!
It was a bit congested the first mile!
It eventually thinned out, but it did take a few miles.
The course had rolling hills and really tranquil views...but it was HAAAWT!!! 80 degrees, hot and sticky.
The water stops were spread out every few miles and I didn't carry hydration. It was hot, I knew I couldn't go fast, so I just trotted along, enjoying the day, wishing it was cooler.
Random person running by the same horses I saw. I passed a bunch of cows as well. Lots and lots of country roads made up this course.
Eventually I ran up the last big hill and into the park finish line area.
I did not finish feeling like the gal pictured below 😅😉 I WISH I did!!
That is Mary in the peach shirt and plaid skirt. This was the sub 2 crowd.
It would take me another 20 minutes to finish. I was so drenched, I was dumping water over my head the last few water stops trying to cool off. Seriously, I am already over summer running.
Mary snapped this for me as I was coming to the line!
Mary and I hung out at the after party for awhile talking, then I drove back to the hotel, showered and headed home.
Even though I was about 10 minutes slower than my A goal, I never regret running an event. Had I been at home, I would have never run that far! A goal, B goal, or C goal, 13 miles still feels like an accomplishment and it is a good feeling!
Mary's co -worker with us
Originally, I had planned to run another half the weekend after this event...buuuuuut, I had struck out with hot races three weekends in April and my legs were feeling the wear and tear, so for now, my half count sits at #15 (I am still a newbie compared to some of you!)
I plan to run one more half in June before I take the summer off.
This was my second finish line of the month on grass. Oddly, grass feels a bit tough, maybe it is the transition after being in gravel and pavement?? Have you run much on grass?
Have you been on a school bus lately?
What is you half number? Have you lost count yet!?
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