Tom KIng Half Marathon Race Recap

I was very nervous going into this race.  I only ran 4 miles  last week for a total of 8 miles in the last two weeks so I wasn’t expecting much and I was just hoping to finish. I decided I was going to take it easy and just try to have a good time.  I set my garmin for run 2/walk 1 intervals and decided I would only look at it occasionally so I would know when to fuel.  

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Winston is making sure no one messes with my gear

The start line was crowded even though the race was limited to 1,500 and it took a couple of minutes to get through the start line but once through I started the intervals and took off at what my body seemed to feel was a reasonable pace.  It was an out and back course and I saw the winner coming back around mile 3.5 (turns out they set a course record).  My toes started hurting around mile 5 but when I started focusing on my foot strike the pain went away.  I saw my friend and her mom around mile 6 and was surprised.  I thought they were going slower than usual but it turns out my pace was faster than I realized.  I got through the turnaround and was still feeling pretty good until mile 10.  At this point, it felt like a rock was lodged under the ball of my foot.  I knew it was just the nerve in my foot and there wasn’t actually a rock  the size of a marble in my shoe so I kept going.  I had to walk quite a bit in the last three miles but boy was a surprised when I looked at my watch just before running onto LP field and realized I was going to have a sub 3 hour finish!  

This race is really cool because the finish line is on the 50 yard line of LP Field (where the Tennessee Titans play).  I crossed the finish line at 2:57:59…My second fastest half yet!  

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After the race…Hot, sweaty, and happy to be done!

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The medal!

Did I mention they had a full breakfast buffet spread after the race with eggs, hashbrowns, coffee, pastries, muffins, croissants, and biscuits!  I will definitely do this race again!

 

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