I was looking forward to this race all spring until my injury. I obviously knew that I wouldn’t be able to run it and I found out I missed the cut off for getting my money back so I found out that the expected finish time is 3:15 and the average mile pace is 15:00 minutes.
Therefore, I decided to WALK the race. I didn’t want to lose or waste my money
Thankfully I found out one of my Instagram friends, Jess, was injured and planning on walking the race as well. I was very excited that I was going to have a partner to walk to race with.
The one thing about the race that my hubby was looking forward to was the costume contest – so he made a homemade costume and went as “Marathon Man.”
“Marathon Man” is out to set a new PR!
I had to take a selfie with “Marathon Man” before the race began!
I was so blessed to have met Jess before the Philadelphia Marathon in November. We have been friends on Instagram and Facebook for awhile and since we were both injured we decided to walk the race together. It was definitely nice to have a buddy to walk 13.1 miles with.
We finished in just over 3 hours which was definitely a humbling experience since we usually finish in the 2 hour mark. We learned that the people in what I will call the “back of the pack” are so sweet and kind. They were also very encouraging to us and it was awesome to see how they are working so hard to achieve their goal just like everyone else.
I was excited to finally earn an ODDyssey Half Marathon medal because they are known for their bling!
And of course I needed to get a picture with the hubby as he got a PR too! I am so proud of him!
One tradition I’ve had since I started racing in 2012, was to treat myself to a large cheese pizza after each race. Thankfully, the hubby allows me to continue this tradition. So we ordered a large deep dish pizza from Pizza Hut on the way home.
After devouring the pizza we laid around the rest of the day with the pup and took a nap.
I am sad this is our last race of the season till September 10th at the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon as well as beginning to train for the Marine Corps Marathon!