BIG D Half Marathon here we come! When the alarm sounded at 4:15 am, we donned our clothes and ran out the door. The hotel promised that breakfast would be spread...but didn't comprehend our early departure. We scrounged up empty cups and loaded them with dry cereal. Not exactly the breakfast of champions!
Side note: The night before we had gone to the Rangers Baseball Game and didn't get to bed until 1 am. Also must add that we had no carbs for dinner. Staying out late the night before a marathon is very typical when Jennifer and I race together.
It didn't take us long after we arrived at Fair Park to realize we were about to embark on the smallest marathon we had ever entered. It was fun to add Big D to our list, but I really would not recommend it for anyone who is wanting the whole marathon experience.
I needed to run the full marathon for training for "The North Face" back in Australia, but decided to walk with Mamma and Jennifer instead. I'm so glad I did walk with them for we had the best time laughing and visiting for 13.1 miles. The race director let me change my category the morning of the race, now if you have not ran many races, changing the morning of the race is unheard of. What they lacked in size they made up for by being nice.
The day was overcast and sprinkled most of the race so we stayed cool. This made it a perfect weather day! Since there were probably less than 300 participants, I'm not sure how they cleared the cost of putting on the race. The course was not closed - we shared the streets and sidewalks with everybody else who chose to be on them that day. This made it a bit challenging as we dodged baby strollers, cars, bikes and those out for a casual stroll. With the course being very open, every participant had many opportunities to test their integrity by staying on the correct route and not making a quick jump to cut out some of the distance. The half and full came back together at miles 6 and 19 so I felt sorry for the full runners being so tired and running by people who had only gone 7 miles.
The pictures above are when the winners passed us. As you can see the course was not really wide.
When you complete marathons with friends you always have a bond that is strong. I am very blessed with a wonderful Mamma, which I talk about a lot, but I need to brag on one of my best friends for a moment. Jennifer and I met at my first teaching job. We both were new to the school and taught fourth grade. The first time I met her and her family, they all thought I was crazy, after talking about races and things I did for fun. Through the years they have been converted to the crazy side and we have all completed many many races together. I can not tell you how strong Jennifer is and how blessed I am to call her friend. It is so nice to have a friend who truly knows me, can finish my thoughts, and truly makes me a better person for being her friend.
So glad I have friends like this. What is something you have done with your friends that really makes your friendship stronger?