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|Half Marathon State # 10
Half Marathon #20
On Sunday, May 03, 2015, I ran in the 17th Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon. It was reported that it was a record Flying Pig weekend, as 37,770 registered for events during the three days. This was the second leg of a back to back half marathon weekend, as I did the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon the day prior to accomplished two states in one weekend toward my 50 By 50 Challenge. Because of the back to back races, my only goal for the race was to finish in under two hours.
The weather for the race was a little cooler than the race before. It was around 46 degrees at the start and increased to around 53 degrees at the finish. The humidity was at 100% with little to no wind.
The morning started really early. Our friends we stayed with live about 35 minutes outside of Cincinnati. It was awesome we had him, because he was able to navigate the traffic on race morning, and take back roads to get us to the parking. Because the race start was at 6:30a, we had to get up around 3:45a. We had prearranged carpool parking which was close to the start, which was great. However, after the finish it was a 20-30 minute walk back to the car (could have taken a shuttle).
I was in Corral C for the race. That made it easy since I was in Corral C for Saturday’s race in Indianapolis also.
I arranged a meetup for our Fifty States Half Marathon Club at 5:45a prior to the race. It was a great turnout. We even had Jim all decked out in the pig outfit.
Now, on to the race. The starting area was easily organized and easy to maneuver through the crowds.
|Half Marathon State # 09
Half Marathon #19
On Saturday, May 02, 2015, I ran the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. This race, known as “The Mini” is the largest half marathon and fifth largest road race in the U.S. with near 40,000 runners. The Mini is part of the month-long 500 Festival that leads up to the Indianapolis 500.
For me, this race was the first leg of a back to back half marathon weekend. I paired this with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon to accomplished two states in one weekend toward my 50 By 50 Challenge. Because of the back to back races, my only goal for the race was to finish in under two hours.
The weather for the race could not have been better. It was around 52 degrees at the start and increased to around 55 degrees at the finish. The humidity was around 82% with a 3-4 mph wind.
The morning started early, as our friends we stayed with were volunteering for the race. They had to be there at 6:00a, so we followed them to make sure I knew where we were going and where to park. The race start was at 7:45a for my Wave 1, Corral C.
As we walked up to the race start, there was some nice scenery in town. We parked directly across from the OneAmerica Tower (Host for The Mini) & the Capital. However, the most memorable was a monument from 9/11, and several of the beams from the World Trade Center.
We also got to see the official pace car for the Indy 500 later this month.
As I said, our friends were two of the most amazing volunteers for the race. It takes a lot of volunteers to manage 40k runners and 26 corrals. Here they are on their post, doing an outstanding job.
Thankfully I printed a pace card to help me maintain an accurate pace for the race, otherwise, I could have probably challenged my 1:45 half marathon PR. However, with another race the following day, I had to keep my pace throttled.
As many of you that follow me are aware, back in 2013 I set a goal to complete a half marathon in all 50 states before I turn 50 years old. As of today I have 8 states completed, with 4 scheduled for 2015.
With this challenge, I have realized that this is an expensive endeavor. With race registrations, travel, lodging, race gear and supplements it can get quite expensive.
If you would like to contribute and support me in my challenge, click on the logo below to be linked to my GoFundMe account. The minimum contribution is set at just $5.00.
I plan to give shout outs to my contributors in my race recaps and during the race in some fashion that I am working on.
There will always be a logo on the right side of the page where you can quickly make a donation at any time also.
Thanks for helping in anyway you can.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 I ran the Save The Light Half Marathon on Folly Beach, SC. This is a small local race for me, that has both a 5k and half marathon. Each race contained about 350 runners.
Folly Beach is a beautiful place for a race. It was an awesome view seeing the sun rise before the race over the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was in the low 40s at the start of the race with little to no wind. The race ended in the low 50s.
Proceeds from the race go toward the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse by Save The Light.
The morning started by arriving on the island about 7:15 A.M. for packet pickup. They have packet pickup on Friday as well, but it is about a 45 minute drive for me, so I just decided to get there early for pickup. Pickup was at The Tides Hotel. Pickup was on the second floor in one of the conference rooms. The second floor had a large open area for everyone hang out, meet up, stretch, and catch up before going out for the race start.
After reading This Mama Runs on Cupcakes posts on her Top 5 Posts of 2014, I thought it was a neat idea. So I went back and looked at by stats and this was my top 5 most viewed posts of 2014. Enjoy!
1. Jeff Galloway’s Clothing Thermometer – This was actually a post from December 2013, but it continues to get an enormous amount of hits, even though all it does is references Jeff Galloway’s page on determining the best running clothing for the various temperatures.
2. 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Half) Race Recap – This was my second time doing the Goofy Challenge and my third marathon. This is always a great race weekend at Walt Disney World, so I encourage you to get it on your running bucket list.
3. Walt Disney World Race Packing List – This post has obviously been a tremendous help for others. It was originally written to help myself not to forget something for the Walt Disney Marathon race weekend, but thought I would share it, and you liked it!
4. 5 Mile Fartlek Treadmill Training – This is just a training run you can use on a treadmill to help with increasing your times. I gathered it from another site, but it has been hit a lot this past year.
5. 50 By 50 Challenge – Well this one was encouraging to see. Thanks for viewing my challenge to run a half marathon in all fifty states before I turn fifty! Take on the challenge for yourself (because my wife says I need people to travel with to all these states to help with our budget!)
This weekend, with the running of the Country Music Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville, TN, I have updated my 50 By 50 Challenge. This now completes my 6th state in trying to complete a half marathon in all 50 states before I turn 50 years of age. This was my 13th half marathon I have now completed. The race recap will come early next week.
I now have about four months until my next half marathon, which will be for the state of California, with Disneyland Half Marathon on August 31, 2014.