This past weekend, with the completion of the Kiawah Island Half Marathon, I completed all my scheduled races for 2013. I completed 10 races, including 1 marathon, 7 half marathons, 1 10k, & 1 5k. I ran races in The Bahamas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, & Virginia. I completed 2 more states in my 50 By 50 Challenge, and have now reduced the states count to 46 remaining.
Here are all the race recaps.
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Goofy Challenge – Marathon & Half Marathon (FL)
Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon, SC
North Carolina Half Marathon, NC
Run For The Dreams Half Marathon, VA
Castaway Cay 5K (The Bahamas)
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, SC
James Island Connector 10k, SC
Space Coast Half Marathon, FL
Kiawah Island Half Marathon, SC
I will do a 2013 running year in review closer to year-end. Stay tuned.
Since I am doing the Myrtle Beach Mini (Half) Marathon this weekend (10/20), I thought I would reflect on my first half marathon, which was this same race in October 2011. I have now done 20 races since then, and this will be my 8th half marathon. Back then I would have never imagined sticking with running for this long I’ve now completed 2 marathons, 1 Goofy Challenge, 7 half marathons in 4 states, & have a goal now of completing a half in all 50 states before I am 50. I finished my first half marathon in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon 2011 in 2:07. Now I am averaging a 1:53 (sub 9 minute pace) in half marathons, with a current PR of 1:45.
While looking at pictures on the home computer I found a few pictures from the race 2 years ago. Boy was I nervous! I had no idea what to expect! I luckily had my wife and some good friends (Shelly & John) to do the event with me. It turned out to be a blast and I guess I was hooked. It also didn’t hurt that they offer the largest medal outside of Disney for motivation!
Have a look at this slideshow of photos from the race in 2011.
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Half Marathon #07
This weekend, June 1-2, 2013, I traveled to Colonial Williamsburg, VA to run the Run for the Dream Half Marathon. This race was recommended by several of my fellow runners to complete another state toward my 50 By 50 Challenge. We arrived in Williamsburg around 11 AM on Saturday morning.
We booked to stay at the Williamsburg Woodland Resort, which is where the race expo was held (I will review the hotel and the restaurants we ate later this week). The race expo was small, but well organized. Since there wasn’t anything I was looking for at the expo, we just went in got my paperwork, bib, and race instructions, then headed out to do some sightseeing.
As a part of the race package I got a free ticket to tour Colonial Williamsburg, so that is what we decided to do. After we got settled in our room, we decided to get something to eat. We ate at a restaurant on property called Huzzahi. It was really good, and I will review it later this week. After lunch, we went to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center to get my wife a ticket for the Colonial Williamsburg tour. Upon talking with the ticket person, we found out we could get her a free ticket, because we were staying on property. This was a great budget savings, as the tickets were around $40. Since this is a race recap, I will give a review of the tour in a separate post later this week. For dinner Saturday, we went with an old reliable, Cracker Barrel. I have done this the last few half marathons, so I wanted to keep with the tradition, since it has not bothered me in the past. After dinner, we rode around town to find the starting line and where we would park on Sunday morning.
Yesterday was the first day of March, and hopefully the front door to spring time weather. It certainly did not feel too spring-like during this morning’s 7-mile run, as it was 36 degrees. I have 2 half marathons planned for the month of March. Both of these races will be run alone, so I will have to find the self motivation to push through them!
On Sunday, March 10th I am going to travel two hours to the town of Bluffton, SC to the Palmetto Bluff community to do the inaugural Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon. It is a small race at 1000 runners. It is also a fast and flat course, so my goal for the race is to break the 1 hours 50 minute barrier. My current half marathon PR is 1:52:52, so anything under this would be satisfying.
My second half marathon of March, will be on Sunday, March 24th in Charlotte, NC. I am going to run the North Carolina Half Marathon. I wanted to run this race in 2012; however, a church obligation prevented this. This race has one of the coolest medals, with LED lights and moving cars. As a NASCAR fan, I am excited for this race as we will run around the Charlotte Motor Speedway as a part of the course. This race will go toward by 50 by 50 Challenge, and will allow me to mark North Carolina off my lists to complete!
This should be an exciting month of races. Once March is done, the races will subside, and training will ramp up until the Fall, when I have a heavy load ahead, with 4 halfs between October and December.