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Hello divas and happy Tuesday! I hope that you are off to a great start for the week. Mine has been really good though we are only a couple of days in 🙂
If you follow Divas Run for Bling on social media, you know that this was a super busy weekend for me. I ran a total of 2 races and managed to finish them both still standing upright. I have already shared my experience with the Rise Up and Run 5K in Atlanta and today I am recapping the 4 Bridges Half Marathon here in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN.
Race day started super early for both my hubby and myself (we were both running the half). The race also had a marathon (the 7 Bridges) with it so the start time was 7am. I had planned out my race day outfit the night before, but changed my mind when I realized it was in the low 40s when I got up! But we got up, had breakfast (or in my case my pre-race Slim Fast Rich Chocolate Royale Shake) and headed to the race.
Once there, we had about an hour or so till the start so we walked around and started trying to warm up the muscles. Oh yeah and I grabbed a quick before the race photo at the start line.
Once 7am rolled around, we were off. This race was just small enough that there were no waves, but it still was pretty well-organized. I started somewhere around the middle of the pack. Within the first mile, we hit our first bridge (Market Street) and headed towards downtown. I always love it when races take me around some of my favorite spots around the city. And I managed to snap a quick photo going over the second bridge (Hwy 27).
We continued over our third bridge by mile 6 (Veteran’s Bridge) and headed towards the Riverwalk. At this point, I was making really good time for me. In fact, I was surprised how well it was going. Once I hit the Riverwalk around mile 8.5, I knew my time was going to be fabulous. I run the Riverwalk quite often (it’s my favorite spot for long runs) so it was just like any other weekend run. Before I knew it, I was standing in front of the Walnut Street Walking Bridge and was in my last half mile. The volunteers smiled when I stopped to snap a photo.
I came off the bridge, turned the corner and sprinted across the finish line – with a clock time of 3:20 and some change. This was HUGE for me. My previous PR was 3:38 and that was way back at my first half marathon in 2012. I haven’t been close to that since then. My hubby was waiting for me at the finish line and I sort of collapsed into his arms in tears because I was so excited and exhausted. Then I posed for a photo because I had to document the moment 🙂
This was a fabulous race. There were some hills involved in the first half of the race and one at the mile 12 sign, but Chattanooga is far from the flattest city around so this was to be expected. The course was pretty fast and absolutely beautiful with lots of bridges, running by the TN River and sites of the city. It was bigger than I expected, but still had a small race sort of feel to it and the support along the course was really good with lots of signs, cheering and sidewalk chalk. Oh and the weather was PERFECT. There is just nothing like fall races.
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