Today, I ran the hilliest race of my life, and I loved it. Loved it! (I’m actually writing this on race day for once, and it’s possible I’m still a little high on adrenaline, caffeine, and sugar… but still. It was awesome.)
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon taught me that I will probably avoid races in Southern California in future… not because it was bad, but because there’s not a lot of shade. And direct sunlight is not really my favorite thing when it comes to running 13 or so miles.
I was attracted to the Holiday Half Marathon & Ugly Sweater 5k by its date and location but also by the prospect of a big, shiny, extra medal! I mean, it’s dang pretty! And I’d been wanting to try one of these back to back challenges for quite some time.
The Gobbler Grind Half Marathon in Overland Park, Kansas was an absolute treat. It’s a lovely little race with good course support and fairly decent swag.
I’m not sure how I would have felt had things ended differently. I might have been able to find some merit in the several miles of hilly switchbacks through Cleveland Park. I might have been able to look past the cruddy run up the giant hill that is Pete Hollis Blvd. But the fact is, I crossed the finish line only to be told they’d run out of medals.
On Saturday, October 20th, 2018, my friend Paul and I “took a crack at” the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. Get it? The medal is a crab, and we took a crack at it. Har har. (I can’t take credit for that one, it says that on the medal… but a punny medal makes me extra happy).