The weekend after Thanksgiving (and of course after Black Friday shopping), I ventured over to the east coast to run the Space Coast Half Marathon. I must admit that I signed up for this race after seeing the medal. The race bling was fantabulous! I loved the space shuttle medals!
Denise, Mica and I drove over on Saturday, hit the expo at the Kennedy Space Center to pickup our race packets and bibs, and settled into our hotel. The Space Coast Expo is nothing to write home about so we didn't spend too much time there.
|Chrissy, Denise, Mica|
We were up bright and early the next morning ready to race in our matching outfits we called "Starry Night". By the way, I made my running skirt instead of buying it online. I was so proud of my first big sewing accomplishment and I saved money!
The half marathon started at 6:00am so I had an hour of cool weather before the sun and temperatures rose. I felt great at the start of the race and kept a nice pace. I wanted to beat my PR from Frankenfooter and someday run a half marathon in under 2 hours. Denise and I ran together for the first couple of miles but I eventually pulled ahead to take advantage of the cool dawn weather and great pace I had going.
The Space Coast Half Marathon was an out and back course along the Indian River with beautiful views and gorgeous houses. It was a mostly flat course with a couple of dips and rises along the way. I still felt great at the half way turn around and continued back to the finish line.
On the way back, there was a very strong wind that nearly blew my visor off multiple times but I was determined not to let it slow me down. I thought I might actually finish around 2:05. With a goal in mind, I pushed myself to get it done.
I ended up finishing in 2:06:19 and setting a new PR! I had an excellent race all around.
Look at this bling with the beautiful Columbia Space Shuttle! This was the first year of Space Coast's Big Bang Series. I plan to be back next year for the Challenger medal.
Age Div: 40/316
Overall Place: 483/2943
Average Pace: 9:39
Chip Finish Time: 2:06:19