Center of the Nation Series Half Marathon – Colorado
September 19, 2015
Temp: 40s at the start, high 50s by the finish
I was venturing into new territory here – I’d done 5 half marathons in a row before, but this was #6. All things considered, I felt pretty good (in large part thanks to massages.) My plan was to leave it all out on the course. And I did. But mostly because I really did not have that much left in me. The course was mostly a dirt path in the woods – much easier on my body than concrete and less likely to trip me than the trail of the previous day.
Unfortunately, it was hilly. They weren’t awful hills, but on legs that had run a lot of miles, sometimes they felt like mountains.
Luckily, it was super hero day, so everyone was in a fun mood and the support on the course was amazing! I just took it slow and easy, ran with friends when I could, and managed to not walk at all except at the aid station.
In the end, I finished with a big grin on my face and an amazing massage. A wonderful end to a wonderful series!
- It was the last day and everyone was supportive.
- The rice krispy treats.
- My feet appreciated the softer course.
- My costume just made me happy.
- Finishing this course on the run meant I *ran* every single mile of all the races. I only walked through the aid stations. This was pretty huge for me.
- I was able to go to the hotel and change and then see a bunch of my friends complete their full marathons.
- The hills were not my favorite.
- The big hill just before the turnaround. I hated that hill with every fiber of my being.
I still can’t believe it’s over! Read about the first five races: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. And don’t worry! I already have another series on the radar: New England series next spring. The big question is whether I will do all 7!
Now I need to focus on Marine Corps. That is, if I ever kick this cough…