Hello divas and happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well so far. Mine has seemed sooooo slow but I think part of that is because I leave for Vegas on Thursday so I am counting down the minutes. Since it is Tuesday, it is time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run. This is the time each week when I share a running related post and link up with the ladies at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, My No-Guilt Life and MCM Mama Runs.
If you have been following on social media, you know that I ran another half marathon this past Saturday, the Chickamauga Battlefield Half Marathon. It was a much smaller race than I usually run, but it was local (about 30 minutes from my house) and it took place at the Chickamauga Battlefield in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. This is where the Battle of Chickamauga took place during the Civil War and was so much fun running by all the cannons and monuments.
The day started out bright and early and oh so cold. At the start time at 7:30am, it was 33 degrees. So needless to say I had to dig all of my winter running gear out of storage to get ready for the race. But we arrived about an hour before the start, picked up our race shirts and numbers and proceeded to do all the typical pre-race stuff. We even found out once we got there that instead of a gun to start the race, there was a cannon. Which means I had to have my pre-race photo made with said cannon :).
The race started at 7:30am and we were off. It was pretty clear early on that this was not my day to race. I had so many small, random things happen that I decided to just walk the race by mile 6. During the first 2 miles, we were off road a bit with uneven sidewalks and asphalt. I was afraid that I was going to twist my ankle! By mile 3, my feet which haven’t given me any issues in over a year started hurting. But I stopped to take a quick photo of some of the cannons.
The support on the course was fabulous. I love the southern belles giving out free hugs just before mile 6.
I also loved all of the signs along the course. This one was my absolute favorite.
The race also had a full marathon attached to it so I was passed by the marathon winner around mile 8. But I was just walking along enjoying my time on the battlefield. By this point, the weather was amazing and starting to warm up. Finally I reached the finish line and picked up my new bling. Only to find out that I finished in 3:37 and some change which is the 2nd fastest I have ever done a half so it turned out better than I thought.
Overall, it was a great race – even with the cold temperatures. I loved the cannon start. It was just so cool. And the monuments and cannons along the way were so interesting. It was quite a scenic course. It was also really well-organized which isn’t always the case with small, local races. The hubby has decided to do the full next year and it is definitely on my list of I want to do again races.
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What’s the most scenic race you have run?