April 5th will go down in history as the day I ran the hilliest course known to man.
Shannon and I got up bright and early to get ready for what was bound to be an epic race day. The weather was looking perfect – low 50’s for the whole day (aka my favorite running temperature.) We definitely were not expecting the wind. I guess some parts of Blacksburg never leave you.
We made it to the start area of the race with plenty of time to spare. We posed with our super cute bows from Miss Annie’s Bows (like her on Facebook – she is so sweet). Since it was pretty cold and the sun was still sleeping, putting my sweater in the baggage check was really depressing.
Before we knew it, the race had started!
Miles 1 – 5.3: Yes, 5.3 because that is where the course split for the half & full. Shannon and I ran these miles together and to be honest, they flew by!! We got to run through the UVA campus, which was breath-takingly beautiful. Colonial buildings are my jam.
Miles 5.3 – 12: Hills set in, but I didn’t care – the scenery was breathtaking. We ran around the outskirts of UVA (by the athletic centers) and around a gorgeous neighborhood. I must have picked out my dream house 50 times. This part was so peaceful…until I got to mile 9 where an officer stopped a group of us for 2 minutes because traffic was backed up for 45 minutes…not cool. One lady was considering just running through the traffic. Home girl likes to run, but not enough to risk my life.
Miles 12 – 17: Massive hills, like 85 degree hills. Lots of crowd support for this portion which really really helped! Blacksburg hills had nothing on these monsters. Still wasn’t complaining that much since the weather was perfect and I felt pretty strong.
Miles 17 – 20: Slowly dwindling. Popped my Welches gummies at mile 18. We ran past the UVA Medical center which was cool. Really intimidating, but cool
Miles 21 – 23: Bonked. Hit the Wall. Whatever you want to call it – it happened. C’est la vie. Did I hate Shannon for signing me up for this marathon? Yes! Did I seriously consider never running again? You betcha!
Miles 23 – 25.5: Seriously beautiful river running – if only I wasn’t so ready to be done or I would have enjoyed this portion a whole lot more.
Miles 25.5 – 26: ANOTHER HILL!!? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Oh and at this point Shannon found me and I declared my hatred for her.
Miles 26 – 26.2: DONE! Officially a 2x Marathoner!
I ran this marathon for fun and mainly to get my mind off of Sunday, match day. This marathon was also the last race for a while (go big or go home, right?). I know my dietetic internship will keep me plenty busy and I simply wont’ have time to train. From September to June my focus is on the internship and nothing else (with the exception of exploring all that the central cost of California has to offer). That doesn’t mean I’m never running again. I’ll still try to run most days of the week, just no races. After all, California has ideal running conditions.
Shannon I can’t thank you for a better weekend, even if I hated you for 2 miles ;)