Saturday morning I was up bright and early to run my first half marathon, the Oddyssey Half Marathon.
When I was training for the Broad Street Run I came across this race and kind of figured why stop training after Broad Street? I already had plans to run a few halfs this fall, but figured this would be fun.
I lucked out when I found out two blogger friends were running it too, Leslie from AndHerLittleDogToo and Melissa from Miles for Markets.
The race also encouraged people to dress up.
This guy juggled the entire race, pretty crazy!
The race started a little late, but it was a small race of about 800 people so atleast the start wasn't too crowded.
We were able to get across the start line without any trouble and settle into a comfortable pace.
It was a lot of fun running with Leslie and Melissa. Talking definitely made the miles fly by.
But we ended up splitting off around mile 6. The next 7 miles felt so long and slow and were extremely challenging.
I hadn't run past 12 miles and I'm still trying to figure out long distances and pacing myself, this is all still so new to me!
The race went along the Schuylkill River and was an out and back.
A lot of baby ducks recently hatched and the moms were shuffling them across the road.
So although the race was challenging I was still holding strong until the last mile. We turned off West River Drive to head to the finish line and most of the last mile was uphill. WHY WOULD SOMEONE MAKE THE LAST MILE UPHILL?! This was challenging physically and mentally. I was so tired, felt like I was going to puke and was pretty sure one of my toenails was about to fall off.
Luckily Eric road up the hill next to me cheering me on, while I cursed the race director.
And then it was over!
We got pint glasses at the finish, which was really cool.
Eric was great to get up really early, and ride along the course and take so many photos!
And thanks Leslie and Melissa! I had a blast running with both of you and hopefully we can do some more runs together in the future.
I came home and got cleaned up then Eric and I went out for brunch. Food has never tasted so good.
And I most definitely picked up a giant bottle of beer to pour in my new pint glass.
Today I am feeling pretty good! My right hamstring is really tight, and although I didn't actually lose a toenail it is all black and blue and hurts pretty bad.