This was my first race outside of Pennsylvania and I was super stoked to have this half marathon be state #2 in my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states!
I had gone into the race knowing my legs were going to be tired because of only being a week out of my hard effort at the Broad Street Run the prior Sunday. My running coach wanted me to take it easy and have fun since we start training for my sub-2 half marathon attempt on May 22nd.
Brian and I woke up 4:00am to get ready, let Lola out and make her breakfast, then drove down to Wilmington, Delaware which is about 45 minutes away from our house. When we arrived at the park where the race starts/finished we had to drive around a bit looking for parking. Thankfully we found a spot about a quarter mile away which was perfect for us!
We hung around the park, stretched, hit up the port-a-potty, and ate our breakfast fuel.
Prior to the start, I ran into one of my friends from when I first started volunteering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was running the half marathon as well. It was great to see her and catch up a little bit prior to the race.
We lined up at the start and this race was a smaller one that what I would say I am used too. It was only about 1,500 runners in both the half marathon and full marathon.
I have to say I love the scenic views on the course. They had us run through parts of Wilmington and they head off into a nice park around the zoo, then through some residential areas then head back to the park.
Overall, the course was shady which was great due to running through the park area. BUT VERY HILLY! I am close to saying that one of the mid-miles was practically all hill! I had such a hard time pushing through it. That mile was definitely my slowest one. But when you turned around you went down the crazy hill and it make my 12th mile pretty fast. Unfortunately, when you round the corner to head into mile 13 it is straight up hill for at least a quarter mile, which didn’t make that last mile very fast.
I have to admit that I am glad that Coach Kristy told me to run this race for fun so I can rest my legs from the hard Broad Street Run effort I had put out a week prior as well as rest my legs for the start of my sub-2 hour half marathon training cycle. I finished the race in 2:11:02 which I am content with due to the hills and taking it easy. I had an average pace of 10:00 minutes.
After the race, Brian and I went to out for lunch and wore our Sarah Marie Design Studio shirts that we bought which said, “Run all the miles eat all the burgers.”
I am excited that I can officially say that I have started my quest of running a half marathon in all 50 states after this race.
I highly recommend running this race if you are on a quest to complete all 50 states. Yes, it was hilly but it was nice and scenic and had a great vibe about it.