This past weekend I ran the Emerald City Half Marathon with my buddy Nicole. I ran this race last year and vividly remember showing up to the race site in layers, even a hat and gloves because it was so cold outside. This year it was so blazing hot and humid, I was sweating before I even started my warm-up!
After a 3 mile warm-up, it was time to toe the line. Nicole wanted to stay at 7:30 pace or below, and I thought that was a pretty great goal, especially with the weather situation. The race is an out and back course that starts and finishes at the Dublin Methodist Hospital. The first few miles are on roads and then you enter Glacier Ridge Metro Park, which consists of paved bike trails that snake through various tree covered areas. I’ve run various races that have taken place in this particular park, and it was nice to be running on familiar ground.
The entire time I was running it stayed overcast, but the temperatures and humidity definitely were creeping higher, however Mother Nature did provide us with a nice breeze to keep us somewhat comfortable.
I can’t even stress how nice it was to have a buddy to run this race with, I admit I was feeling rather rough the first 5 miles, and if I was going it alone, I probably would have wimped out and backed off my pace a bit. Somewhere around mile 5 when the leaders were making their way back towards the hospital to the start/finish area after going through the turn-around, I got my second wind and started feeling pretty great. Nicole and I cheered for everyone that was passing us, and continued to do so after we hit the turn-around. It was nice to be able to see all the people in the event!
Overall the race was orchestrated really well, there was plenty of water, gatorade and GU, port-a-johns (which I didn’t have to use this time!!!!), the volunteers were awesome, plenty of law enforcement to ensure safe crossing of streets for participants, and of course wonderful fans cheering all of us on.
When we hit the final mile, Nicole and I decided to up the pace a bit, I thought we had a pretty good chance of breaking the 1:37 barrier, but we didn’t quite make it, but not from lack of effort!
Finish time: 1:37:25
1st place in my age group!
9th place overall female!
59th out of 734 participants!
And more exciting than anything, I only ran 10 seconds slower than I did the previous year! I am a much better cold-weather runner than I am compared to heat and humidity, so this was a huge confidence-booster! Hollllla!