Saturday I ran my 3rd half marathon! It was Run the Bluegrass, at the beautiful Keeneland , in Lexingon, KY. This was by far the most challenging and hilly course I've ever run!
My wonderful man brought me, it was about 35 degrees and very foggy! They delayed the start by 15 minutes because of the fog and there was construction going on, so a lot of people were still stuck in traffic. I think that was great, I felt so bad for all the people who would've missed it!
Back to those hills... they were INSANE! Over 30 hills, nonstop. Mile 9 was the worst. It was a steep incline, then curved, then steep incline, and curved again. As I looked around, every single person was walking it, including me. For most of the hills, I tried to run a little bit of them. I just looked down and ran, until I couldn't run anymore, then I would just walk. But the views and sights were SO beautiful! Gorgeous rolling hills, horses, beautiful houses, etc. As I was rounding a corner, I saw these horses just running and running along with us. It was amazing! Thankfully once the sun came out, it warmed up into the 40's, and was perfect running weather. I really felt good throughout the whole race. There were a lot of water/gatorade stops. They were also handing out power bars along the course. (I'm not sure who could eat a power bar while running though!) I brought along my GU's , which always help me. The hills were challenging, but I love challenging! I love that feeling of 'I can't do this', but pushing myself anyway, and discovering that I can do anything!! This was an awesome race, they took such great care of the runners. I was happy to see all of these at the finish line! As well as chocolate milk and Glier's Goetta , which was...interesting! I also found out that this year's race theme was Genuine Risk , which was the filly that won the 1980 KY Derby. So the ribbon on our medal was the filly's silks! (Last year's theme was Secretariat.) I thought that was so cool!
My official time was 2:34. Not a PR, my last half was 2:25. :( But I am positive that if this had been a 'regular' course, I would've PR'd.
My honey took this pic of me coming into the finish!
This was a crazy, awesome race and I can't wait to do it again next year!!