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Howdy divas and happy Tuesday! I hope you survived your Monday and that your week is off to a fabulous start. It’s Tuesday here at Divas Run for Bling which means it’s time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run. This is a time when I share something running related then link-up with my blogging peeps at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, My No Guilt Life and MCM Mama Runs.
As you know by now, this past weekend I spent a couple of days in Nashville for the Women’s Running series half marathon Nashville. Friday was a day to travel to Nashville, explore the expo and spend some time in the city preparing for the big race. I shared my activities yesterday so if you haven’t checked it out yet, feel free to do so.
Today I am going to share my experiences with the race itself. Overall it was a great time. This was my first ever race where I was completely on my own and I think it turned out really well. I ran my first ever half marathon in Nashville in 2012 so I have a soft spot for the city.
The day started super early at 4:30am. Probably the thing I hate most about racing is those super early start times. Luckily, Nashville is an hour behind Chattanooga so it was really almost like I was getting up for work. But I got up, had my Slim Fast Rich Chocolate Royale Shake shake for breakfast and got ready to run.
The race start time was 7:00am so I arrived to the start line around 6:00am to take a few photos. I also met up with a few half fanatics and took a group photo. I just love meeting others who share my obsession with 13.1 miles and the bling that goes along with it.
Finally it was time to head to the corrals. They were very well-organized to get into the correct corral, however they weren’t well policed once you got in there. This allowed runners to move up almost as far as they wished. This wasn’t too big an issue for this race as it was a medium-sized race with only a few thousand runners.
The race finally started and we were off. The course was a really fun one – complete with a run UP Broadway .5 miles into it.
The course then made it out to Centennial Park and around the Vanderbilt University campus before heading back downtown.
The support along the course was pretty good and there were water stations every 1.5 miles or so. I did much better this race and was maintaining a great time for me (around 15 minutes/mile) up until around mile 10 when I just hit a wall. This was a big improvement over my Divas Half Marathon just three weeks ago when I had to start walking half way through.
Before I knew it, though, we were heading down 2nd Avenue towards the finish line. There were several photographers camped out to take some photos so I had to stop and strike a pose.
I turned the final turn and gathered up enough energy to sprint across the finish line in 3:42:38. Not what I wanted it to be, but it was almost 6 minutes off of my Divas time so it was a great improvement. I know now that I am at least on the right track with my training and have 3 weeks until my next half marathon to continue to work on my form and time.
I picked up my fabulous medal and posed for a finisher photo before grabbing some snack and heading back to the car to come home. I will be honest, though. Once I got back home to Chattanooga, I camped out on the couch and did nothing the rest of the day. I am usually not hungry after I run long distances so I didn’t get my post-race burger until dinnertime (5 Guys again!)
Overall, this was a great race. The course was hilly but very pretty. The support was wonderful and it was well-organized. And it was close by which made it an almost local race for me. I highly recommend checking out a Women’s Running series race if you get a chance.
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