So it really served me right when I showed up in my purple shirt hoping to blend in with the Team in Training runners....
|They were not running for Team in Training|
|Hi, Team Challenge! I see you like to wear orange shirts...|
Instead of blending in with the masses of purple that I expected to see, I stood out like a sore thumb in the sea of orange that ruled this race. I have to admit that this serves me right for pretending to be a part of a charitable group in hopes of hearing a few people cheering me on.
Despite my foiled wardrobe plan, I had a really great race.....once the race actually started.... Apparently there were transportation problems with shuttles from the hotels so the race actually started about 40 minutes late. I'm pretty surprised that it started so late since last year they had the same problem. I guess the race organizers didn't learn anything from their inaugural race and I wouldn't hold my breath for the problem being solved next year either.
Once we actually started running, the run felt really good. My dad and I ran the first two miles together and then I told him he could go ahead without me. The weather was a perfect fifty something degrees with an occasional breeze. The course also had a significant portion that was shaded with trees, which made the run even more enjoyable.
|Me and My Favorite Running Partner|
I'm pretty proud of myself! In comparison to my first half marathon time of 3:22:27, I have improved by over an hour :) To top of my elation, I got some pretty nice finishers gifts as well.
|Riedell Wine Glass. Fancy!|
I love getting a technical shirt instead of the regular cotton ones but I have to admit, this one is pretty ugly. What $100 for this shirt. I also really like the medal that we received. It is a bottle stopper AND has a corkscrew on it!! My one complaint is the medal weighed about fifty pounds and while walking around with my nice wine glass, it hit the glass once or twice and I was pretty sure the glass was done for. Thankfully, the glass held up to the beating but maybe the race organizers should rethink that combo.
What has been your favorite race swag?