(pic from David @ Running Because)
The Blue Ridge Marathon‘s 1/2 , for me, just went down in the books as one of my favorite race events, ever. Everything, from the enthusiastic volunteers, organization, GORGEOUS course and pretty snazzy swag
was worth every penny – okay, well, I won a free entry, but even if I did pay, it’d be more than worth it! 😉
So first things first: finish time –2:03:44.
- I wanted to run the race – y’know, NOT race it!
- I enjoyed EVERY LAST MOMENT. Yes, even the 700 foot climb.
- I was able to test out new gear – I know, never use anything new for a race. But since I wasn’t racing, I broke the rules a little and tried new things -including the awesome handheld I won from Meg & my new Oiselle Distance shorts – to great results! And though they weren’t BRAND new, this was my first race that I ran in my new Mizuno WR 15’s ❤
- I know, cheesy, but this is called America’s Toughest Road Marathon – sure, I did the half, but hey, I think that should mean I am 1/2 way super tough!
So, here’s some stats on the run….get ready for some crazy! (1,107 feet of elevation gain)
To say that this race is hilly is a BIT of an understatement. Okay, well, I guess the later miles have a little bit-o-hills but the beginning is downright mountainous. So, I did the conservative (and oh-so-un-Krissy-like) thing and walked those suckers. Yup, it’s evident…splits DON’T lie…
Yeah, serious! Have you ever seen splits like this? Haha…I couldn’t believe it myself. But, you know what, it made for a very enjoyable race – see, people were passing me LEFT and RIGHT those two double-digit miles!! I let it go, even smiled and waved. Then, the downhill, I kept it even but in control because it was SOOOO fun flying down the mountain – wheeeeeeeeeee – but I knew my legs would NOT be happy if I opened it up to as fast as my legs could carry me. The Garmin was GREAT because once that mountain portion was over, I kept checking to get in as close to 60-90 seconds over MP as possible until the last mile because I had that fuel to burn at the end. It was AMAZING to pass TONS of people on that last stretch 😉 It was just enough to satisfy my ‘race’ appetite!
My only regret in this race was that I didn’t bring a camera to run with. I thought my hands would be too full, but WOW, this course is gorgeous. So much green! And, I don’t know if YOU knew this, but Roanoke is called “The Star City” because of THIS beauty….
So after the race …post-shower + bite to eat (post on our lunch later, it was GOOD!) hubs and I drove that first part of the course to take a few pics! Redemption! 🙂
So yeah, funny story – in the race, we ran RIGHT BY where I am standing/posing in the above pic. However, it was an aid station before the downhill and I DID NOT EVEN NOTICE that I ran by this GIGANTIC star. Yeah. Don’t try to make me feel better and say it’s not that big, cos, well….
Back to the race though – it was amazing. If you ever get the chance to run this event – RUN, don’t walk – wait, yeah, you can walk a little if you need to 😉 – right on down to Roanoke, VA. You won’t regret it!
What is your favorite road race?