Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 3/24/2018 I ran the Tomoka Half Marathon in Ormond Beach, FL. I know I said before that I would never run anything more than a 5k, but this was different. You see I initially signed up for the Tomoka 5k a while back but with all my training changes I didn't think it was a good idea to race at this time. Thankfully I was able to switch to the Tomoka Half Marathon instead. I decided to use this as my long running day and not compete or push myself. So, just run at a reasonable pace and have fun. I decided the conservative time of 1:50-2:00 hours would be a good, safe pace.
The half marathon started at 6:30 am on Saturday. It was still dark outside when they lined all of us up. I was not nervous at all for this race since I wasn't competing just there to have fun at a new route.
The first mile was through a residential street and with 700+ runners things got pretty backed up. This worked out to my advantage because it really forced me to run a slow first mile. I started out in the middle/back for that reason.
Mile 2 was the Granada Bridge mile. Things were still a good bit backed up here. I made sure to take advantage of the many water stops throughout the course. All of the volunteers here were very helpful and friendly. I give them a lot of credit for being so cheerful for hours and hours.
After the bridge, we started down Beach Street headed towards Tomoka State Park. The sun finally started to rise at this point too which woke me up. At this point, I moved away from the 2 hour group and ran on my own.
We entered the beautiful Tomoka State Park and headed on a hard packed, dirt road. We were greeted at the entrance by a fabulous group of highly energetic volunteers handing us waters and gels. I do love trail running and thought this was the most beautiful part of the run. The turnaround point was the halfway marker (I think). We then exited the park and passed the same group of volunteers for the water stop. I took my gel around mile 7 which gave me some more energy.
We headed back on Beach Street towards the bridge again for this section. We made a turn down a residential street and it was pretty straight forward.
Miles 12- 13.1
It was back over the Granada Bridge around mile 12. At this point, I had so much energy for from holding back so much that I just picked up my pace. This wasn't planned or anything I just went with what I was feeling at the time. We crossed the bridge then ran under it and finished back by the Casements. I finished right at the time I needed to and felt great!
This was such a great race. Not only was it scenic and very well organized, but it was so nice to just run for fun and not worry about a time or a PR. I felt so great at the end with so much energy left. These high mileage runs are becoming my favorite workout.
This medal is even bigger in person!
⇡ Here are my splits ⇡
Overall: 117 out of 728
Female 30-34: 9th out of 54