Hello divas and welcome to another week here at Divas Run for Bling. I hope you all had a fabulous week. Mine was pretty good – including my return to racing. I ran the Divas Half Marathon on Saturday in Peachtree City, GA. It was a fun race and I had a great time even though it did not go quite as well as I had hoped. Today I am sharing my experience of the weekend.
The weekend started Thursday night when I drove down to my bestie’s house. Chris has been my best pal for 16 years now and decided that he would run this race with me since my hubby was at home working all weekend. In a tutu no less. But we had dinner then hit the sack for a busy couple of days.
Our pre-race activities began with a trip to the Divas Half Marathon Boutique Expo. I stopped for a couple of pre-race photos, including with my race bib number. The expo itself was a little disappointing. I expected there to be more vendors there for the size of this race. But the check-in process was quick and painless and I did grab a new running skirt so it wasn’t a total waste of time.
After our trip to the expo, we grabbed a quick lunch and took a trip to Wal-Mart and Michael’s to get some tule for our tutus. Then we came home to work on said tutus. It wasn’t hard but it was a little time-consuming. I think mine turned out pretty well. Well except for the fact that I used three colors of tule with glitter. And the glitter got EVERYWHERE.
Race day started bright and early (4:15am) for me as we had to get up and out the door in order to drive the 45 minutes to Peachtree City. This allowed us to arrive in plenty of time before the start of the race. We took some photos, including my first photo with a group of Half Fanatics. How fun.
The race itself started off pretty good. The course was advertised as flat and fast. Well not so much. I have had hillier courses for sure, but the course was not flat. But the weather wasn’t too bad and I was doing pretty well for the first half of the race, averaging between 15 and 16 minutes/mile. Which is good for me since I didn’t train as I probably should have.
Halfway through the race, things started to fall apart. The temps started rising and the humidity was starting to get to me. The course was quite nice at this point as we were running on golf cart/running/biking trails that were very shaded. It was quite pretty and the shade probably helped many of us from completely overheating. And the residents of Peachtree City were out throughout the entire course. It was great to have people cheering you on even though it was hot and humid.
Needless to say, I ended up walking the second half. By mile 10, it was getting a little hard to breathe because of the humidity, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other and persevered on. It was fun, though because we got to chat a bit with other runner/walkers along the way. And had several pass us and complement Chris on his legs and tutu.
Finally, we made it to mile 13 and the cheerleaders encouraging us on and giving us our tiaras and boas. We walked up the last hill to the finish line and I crossed it with a time of 3:46:50 (about 17:18/mile). This was not the time I had in mind, but it did give Chris (who has been running forever it seems) to take a look at my form and give me some pointers for improvement before my next race.
We continued through the finish and got the blingy medal from the hot firemen. I don’t know if they were real firemen or actors dressed up like them, but they were shirtless and pretty hot so I wasn’t complaining. We took a couple of finisher photos and headed back to the car.
After showers, we decided it was time to eat. We were pretty hungry as you can imagine. If you read my race day rituals last Friday, you know that I always have a big, fattening, juicy burger as my post-race meal. And this was no different. We headed to 5 Guys where I had the Bacon Cheeseburger Junior. It was sooooo good and well deserved.
All in all it was a great race. The weather was a little on the warm and humid side (we were in GA in September after all), but it was well organized. The volunteers were incredible and there was plenty of water and Gatorade along the course – even for the back of the packers like myself. The medal is huge and very blingy. And I loved the tiara and boa. It was a nice touch. But most of all, I loved the girl power and camaraderie of all the amazing women who were running the race with me. It was so inspiring seeing all the types and sizes of women who took time out of their hot Saturday morning to go 13.1 miles and run like a diva.
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