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.
This weekend I did the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was my second time running this race. I ran it as my first half marathon in 2011. The morning did not start out great. Upon driving into the Coastal Grand Mall, where the race was to start, it started raining. I ran the race with my running friends Becky & Shelly, and we had running support services from my wife Jennifer. After Becky, Shelly, and I used the bathroom, we decided to go back to the truck to get out of the rain. About 10 minutes before the race, the skies cleared and we had no rain from start to finish for the race. The corrals were full, so we just waited in the parking lot near our expected pace flag, and fell into line as the corrals began to flow through the start chute. The race started promptly at 7:00 AM. Because of the rain, it stayed nice and cool at 61 degrees, and 82% humidity. Shelly and I ran together, with a goal to just finish under 2 hours (finished in 1:58:37). Becky set out to PR, and boy did she! She finished at 1:43, beating her previous PR by almost 3 minutes.
The race is pretty flat except for climbing one small hill (overpass) around mile six. The race is a very large rectangle. The first 6 miles are on Robert Grissom Blvd. and then you go over a small overpass onto a frontage road, and turn onto 62nd Ave. North. We cross over Kings Highway and turn right onto Ocean Blvd. which we travel on for another 5 miles. While on Ocean Blvd., we pass Plyer Park on our left, which is where the finish is near the beach. After passing it, we continue down Ocean Blvd. another half a mile, and then make a quick turn to the left, and onto the beach boardwalk for the final half mile. This last portion is serpentine, so you will make a lot of turns. The finish is great and has a lot of energy, with fans on the left and the Atlantic Ocean on the right. At the end they present you with an awesome surfboard medal. The finisher support included water and numerous snacks to munch on. There were plenty of water stops, which had both water and Gatorade. However, be prepared that once you turn on Ocean Blvd., you will go about 2.5 miles before you hit a water stop. Other than this placement, the water stops were placed appropriately. It was a really easy race to run. Here is the Garmin data from my watch.
I did a GU 15 minutes before the race, and then GUs at miles 4, 8, and 11. This worked extremely well.
BEST RACE SIGN OBSERVED: You are running better than our Government!
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Half Marathon #06
On March 24, 2013, I ran the 2nd annual North Carolina Half Marathon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This was the 3rd state toward my 50 by 50 Challenge to run a half marathon in all 50 states by the time I am 50.
We went up to the Charlotte area the day before. It is only about a 3 hour drive for us from Charleston. However, a majority of the trip was in a downpour! When we got into Charlotte, we went directly to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to the expo. There was not much to the expo; however, it was in the garage on pit row inside the race track, so as a Nascar fan, this was awesome. Here are a few pictures from the expo and the track.
Arriving at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and going into the infield of the race track
Here are a couple of pictures of the garage. To think Jeff Gordon probably stood here at some point!
Here is the Expo, not much too it.
Here is the race tech shirt and my race bib
Here is probably the last dry picture you will see for the weekend.
Yesterday, the medal for the North Carolina Half Marathon was released. I will be running this race in Charlotte, NC on March 24th. Being a NASCAR fan, I am looking forward to this race. As a part of the race, we will do a lap around the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the drag strip nearby.
This race will go toward my 50 by 50 Challenge to run a half marathon in all 50 states before the age of 50.
I cannot wait to get this medal next weekend!