Another 1/2 marathon done!
The Winter Carnival Half Marathon was a success.
The race started at a reasonable 9am. So, we were able to sleep in until about 7:30. We stayed at my parent’s house the night before, so we were only about 20 minutes away from the start line. It was a cold 3 degrees when we left the house. Good thing Abby has a fur coat that makes her the perfect spectator!
My cheering squad: Scott and Abby!
I had a LUNA bar and some water on the way to the race. And of course, had to find a porta potty before the race. Thankfully, because it was freezing outside, the lines went very quickly! I hooked up with Sue at the start line and at 9am and 3 degrees, we were off.
Sue and I haven’t seen each other in forever, so we had lots of time to chat during the race. Overall the race went well. I knew after hitting the wall at mile 11 during the Des Moines Half Marathon, that I wanted to start this race out slower and make sure I was able to finish strong. Which is just what I did! Slow and steady throughout the whole race. I was feeling a little tired at mile 4-5, but then, seeing Scott and having Dad run a little bit with us, made the next miles go by quick. It was a out and back course, so after the turn around, miles 8, 9, and 1o came quick too. We walked thru water stops at 6 and 10. And man, that water was chilly! And where people had spilled or dumped their water out – frozen ice on the ground – that’s when you know it is cold out!
And then about mile 12, Sue decided to take off. .. and there are some wicked hills in the last mile! But I kept strong and steady.
I was worried about the weather and being cold, but I ended up being perfectly dressed. I had two layers on underneath my super cool new wind-blocking North Face top that Scott got me for Christmas. I stated the race with gloves and mittens and handed the mittens off to Scott about half way through. And I had fleece pants with wind pants over the top.
Overall, a great half marathon! But the best thing about this race is that instead of a t-shirt and medal – you get a fleece headband and a mug! Scott was super jealous! The mug said “Frostbite is underrated!”