I just realized that I missed posting my review of the City of Trees (COT) half marathon that I ran on October 11th. As you can see by my orange shirt, I was still working for OTF at the time and proudly showing it off. Thanks to my friend, Eric from the BAR for the pictures before and during the race below.
It was such a beautiful day and I “posed” by the lake before starting the race.
The race started off at 9am for the half marathoners and it was a much smaller race than I was expecting. The full marathon started at 8am and it looked like there were only 50 or so people at the start line for that. I got there early to pick up my race packet. They gave me my bib and timer which was worn on the wrist which I hadn’t seen before. I like the timers that go on the shoes because then it isn’t noticed but the wrist one didn’t bother me too much. I also got my favorite (so far) half zip sweatshirt that has super soft fleece on the inside. I love the fit and feel of that shirt so A+ for that.
I put my new sweatshirt, coffee and my jacket back in the car and got ready to line up. As I said, the race was small. There had to be less than a few hundred people. I actually really prefer big races. I love the energy from all the people and being surrounded by other runners throughout the run so I was a bit disappointed by the small turnout. I told myself to stay in check and don’t start out too fast and I did that well by settling into a 9:30 pace which I planned to keep for the first mile to warm up my legs.
Have you ever had this overpowering thought or feeling telling you to do something? I did race morning. That thought was to wear my Camelbak which I bought for training runs not races so I thought okay just bring it and leave it in the car. The thought stayed with me so I put it on and thought you won’t need it but just in case. Right???? Well turns out either from lack of people or putting all the race fee money into the awesome sweatshirts the water/GU support on the course was pretty much non-existent.
The first water station around mile 2ish was not even open or supported by people. I kept running and applauded myself for bringing my water. Then nearly around mile 5 the first aided water station was available. I was really surprised. They also did not offer GU or any other supplies and the course was for a full and half!
Overall the course was sorta boring because it was my usual greenbelt loops and the lack of support was very disappointing. Other than that, I love the sweatshirt….did I mention that? I also love my running group for being such awesome supporters. See my big smile below? There were lots of BAR members cheering me and others on at the finish line and that always feels so awesome!
Have you ever run a race that really lacked support? What has been your favorite shirt/swag from a race?