Yesterday morning I raced a new to me distance on a familiar to me course. I normally run the Go! Half Marathon, but since I ran the Alton Half Marathon a couple weeks ago I decided to try the shorter distance this time.
I parked at my friend Brian’s loft downtown, which was awesome because I could use a real bathroom before meeting the Big River Training team at 6:15am.We were supposed to be in our corrals at 6:45am, so it wasn’t long before we headed down the cobblestone roads of the landing to get to the riverfront start.
At 7:05am they began releasing corrals with about a minute break in between. I was in C so I didn’t have to wait too long, which was good because even though it was about 60 degrees it was a little windy and I was chilly in my tank top.
I started the race with my training team friend Jill who is a lot faster than me but when I’m running a little over 4 miles and she’s running a little over 13, our paces are similar. The 7k, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay all start together, which I liked because it made me feel very fast to be running with sub 2 hour half marathoners. 🙂
Immediately after rounding the first corner it felt like we were climbing out of a hole, the elevation change was so dramatic. But that was to be expected as I knew we were running to the bridge that was above us.
And then we were in Illinois.
One of these kids, I think the first one, said “Hey! He’s walking!” as if he wanted to report him for cheating. Lol!
I passed the water station since I was halfway done with my race and proceeded toward the Eads bridge.
Note the mile 3 sign up ahead. My watch and everyone else’s around me beeped for mile 3 a couple minutes before we got to the sign. We all agreed that we hoped it would even out over the course of the race, and I was thinking I hope it evened out in the next mile because my race was about done.
Race participants were still coming in to Illinois as my side of the course was leaving it.
Back on the bridge for lots of cool views of St. Louis. I love my city.
Meanwhile, I was almost to the end of my bridge.