Did I love it? No.
Did I have my best time ever? No.
Am I glad I did it? Absolutely.
This Saturday I ran the Silver Comet Half Marathon.
The race started at 7:45. As we pulled in around 7:30, I was a tad nervous about arriving so late. It ended up being perfect because I didn’t have much time to stand around and be nervous. I stretched, got all my gear working, said goodbye to the hubby and ran to get in the 11:00-12:00 minute mile group. Literally as I ran up, we walked up the street and the race started. That was awesome. Before I knew it, I had started. No time to think about my nervs!
The Silver Comet Half Marathon was the perfect size race. It wasn’t overly crowded but there were just enough people there that you never got lonely on the trail.
Speaking of the trail, it was beautiful. The fall leaves were falling and the silver comet trail had the coolest bridges and trees. It was an absolutely beautiful trail to run on a brisk October morning.
One downside to this particular trail was how flat it was. The funny thing is, I signed up for this race BECAUSE it was flat. But, I think the lack of ups and down did a number on my hip and ankle. I had weird pains in my legs that I have never had before. About mile 10 I got this weird spiking pain in my right ankle. It was so intense that I had to stop and stretch to try and get it to go away. I tried the whole, run through the pain thing, that didn’t really work for me. So, the last two miles were spent mostly walking. If that wasn’t the case, I had a good chance to PR. Oh well.
There were plenty of water stations and at least two sets of port-a-potties. There was a good police presence. The race was well staffed and everyone was super friendly.
I finished the race with a time of 2 hours and 41 minutes. 10 minutes longer than my first half marathon.
At the end of the race, they gave out medals, water bottles, t-shirts and snacks. I really like the shirt! The medal is cool but not very colorful. The snacks were interesting. Instead of bananas and fruit, they had chili and pizza?!? So thankful for my hubby that had bananas and iced coffee ready for me!
An added bonus to the finish line was when Katie, a fan of ItSuxToBeFat, asked if I was Jennifer (I had an ItSuxToBeFat shirt on!). When I told her I was, she was so excited to meet me just as I was excited to meet her. She had emailed me many weeks ago telling me she was also running the race and this would be her first half marathon. I was so excited to meet her and let me just tell you – She rocked it!
Thanks for coming up and introducing yourself, Katie! You are too cute!
If you live in the Atlanta area and would like a race that is flat and beautiful, this race is for you. You won’t regret it!
I am so happy that I ran this race. I have no regrets. I would have regretted NOT running it. This race has taught me to live with no regrets. If you are contemplating doing something, do it. Live with NO regrets.
Have you ever run the Silver Comet Trail before?