Today started early when the alarm went off at 4:00am! Lots to do to get ready for “race day” – the Country Music Half Marathon.
Two of my co-workers, Cathi Goff and Teresa Elliott, ran the full Marathon and we met at the Team Rio gathering point before the start of the race.
Don’t we look great! All smiles at this point.
A little cool at 6:00am, but it did warm up quite a lot by the time we all finished. Of course, I had it easier since I was only doing the half marathon while Cathi and Teresa did the full marathon. Their first one! As Cathi said, “My goal is to finish and get the medal” and they both did just that. Awesome!
I trained with Team Rio, supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN, in preparation for the race. I want to thank the coaches, team members, and BBBS sponsors for their support and encouragement.
I started in corral #27. By the time I got to the start line, the first group had left 42 minutes earlier! The road was wide – 6 or 7 lanes at the start – so runners and walkers spread out pretty quickly. No problem with anyone running over me. The race is very well organized, well run, and the runners/walkers back in corral #27 were certainly not running to win the race so they were pretty easy going.
Two great things about the County Music marathon is that there are live bands playing about every mile and there are thousands of cheering crowds on both sides of the road along the route. Both keep you pumped up!
It started getting really warm about mile 7. Fortunately there were plenty of water stations, and I did not miss any of them.
My goal was to finish in under 3 hours. I finished in 2hrs 53 minutes Officially, that’s a pace of 13:13 per mile. Since I did not walk the shortest “official” path my Garmin said I actually walked 13.23 miles, which translates to a 13:03 average pace. Either way, I’m happy!