Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. Mine has been returning to normal after my mini-vacation and week back at work afterwards thank goodness. But I promised that I would share about my experience in the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon in Louisville so today I am recapping the race.
So I will start by saying that overall this was a fabulous race. It is extremely walker-friendly (a 4 hour time limit) so I would recommend everyone check it out at some point. The course itself is pretty flat and very scenic which made it easier to complete when you take into consideration the weather on race day this year. It is definitely on my list of races I would love to do again sometime.
Race day itself was pretty dreary. There was a chance of rain all day long and it actually began raining heavily about an hour into the race for me. But we got up early, drove downtown and made it to the start line in enough time for photos, port o potties and generally preparing of the race.
Before long it was time to line up. My corral was 3 from the end so it was pretty far back. But I got to enjoy the view of Slugger Field which was pretty cool.
The race started at 7:30am with me crossing the starting line by about 7:45. I started off pretty good for the first few miles before it started raining heavily. I was prepared for a lot of things but heavy rain was not one of them so at that point it became clear I would be walking a good bit of the race. But it was quite fun running through downtown and by all the museums (including the Louisville Slugger Museum I toured on Thursday of that week). The course then went through Old Louisville with the victorian mansions (gorgeous) before finally ending at Churchill Downs around mile 8. This was the highlight of my race for sure. I had to stop and take a selfie :).
We ran through the gates and into the infield area. There were photographers there to take some photos and I even saw some of the horses training on the dirt as I ran by. How cool is that?
After exiting Churchill Downs, we wound our way through the University of Louisville, back through Old Louisville and ending at the finish line on the waterfront.
I crossed the finish line in 3:39 and some change which is not my best but so much better than my races earlier this year. I had a big smile with my medal before heading to find some food.
Eventually the hubby found me and we made our way back to the car and the hotel for showers and to get ready for lunch. At which point we headed back downtown for an afternoon of good food, the bourbon tour and enjoying our last day in the city. Oh yeah and I had a fabulous honey bourbon bbq post race burger :).
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