Plan called for 12/14 and coincided nicely with the Locomotive Half Marathon that was a 10minute drive away from home. The initial course was a nice downhill which they had to change in the last minute. The Thursday prediction for a bright sunny day had given way to thundershowers. So I was very much inclined to skip it.
But come race day, weather was much milder than expected. I was already awake and I headed out. The proximity to home meant that I could leave after all my restroom stops were done and I waited around in the cold only for 10-15minutes.
I hooked up with a girl who said she was going very slow too. Since I was treating this as a training run, I wasn't planning to even give the slightest speed to my feet. The course was a tad too many loops (2 around the mall and 2 around Chastain center), but the hills weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. We maintained a steady conversation pace and talked most of the run. As is usual with me, I picked up the pace a bit when we hit 10-11 miles. And then again when I realized that I could just maybe squeeze in a PR (which I did by a few seconds, or a minute or something like that).
Not the fast downhill expected when I signed up, but that was noone's fault but the DOT.
Plenty of water stops (10 in total!)
Very friendly volunteers, even in the wind and rain.
Packet pickup the day before (and they had one on the day as well) was easy
Parking at the mall was super easy
10minute drive (I left home at 7am for a 7:30am race start and still had 20minutes to kill).
Free Pasta Dinner for the half participants (I didn't attend though with the kidlets in tow)
Plenty of post race food - slices of freshly baked bread (yummmm !!), muffins, cookies, protein bars and sandwiches !!
I'm glad I did this and wouldn't mind doing it again if I can squeeze it in.