Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 City of Oaks half marathon

If you follow me on social media, you already know that I completed my fourth half marathon. (I got a little annoying with the race photos.)

Many thanks to Will (Lindsey's BF) for being there after I finished to hang out.

This race was, by far, my favorite even with all the dang HILLS. For the first time, I had the opportunity to train AND run this race with friends. It makes such a huge difference. I ran with two friends who were running the full marathon and who had to stop to pee a couple of times. I didn't come close to a PR but I don't even care. Not even .1%. I ran into (no pun intended) calf cramps around mile 10, which slowed me down. My next race is at the beach, so I'll try for a PR next time. Maybe.

Lindsey, Molly, and me. Smiling. While RUNNING!

Aside from friends making this race awesome, a few other things stood out:
  • A church group handing out Twizzlers around mile 5
  • Mile 9-ish, a woman with a box of tissues for those in need (temps were in the mid-40s so snot was flowing)
  • Amazing police and volunteer involvement 
  • Firefighters at two fire houses outside cheering 
  • A pastor spectating outside of his church, fully robed
  • As finishers were approaching the finish line, their names were called over the speakers. 
You can't not fist pump at the sound of your name at this moment.

Also, after crossing the finish, the volunteer handing out medals shook my hand, congratulated me, and put the medal around my neck. That dude deserved a medal!

Well-placed photographer: WIN

This whole weekend was one that I won't soon forget. I think sometimes running to finish and not worrying about your time, but just on having fun, is important. I know people who disagree and that's just fine. 


  1. Congrats on finishing and a great, happy race!!

  2. Congrats! Glad to see you had a great race experience :)


  4. Congrats! I think I need to start running races with friends (especially marathons!).