Back in the day…I had run the 5k when this race was called Run for the Red Fish. This would be my second year running the Half under the new name and the Hubs’ first.
I picked up our race packets during lunch on Friday, now selfie bib photo with the Hubs for this one…it’s all me!!
There was a staggered start for the three races and we were set to start at 730a. We arrived about 45 minutes prior to start time for the Half Fanatics photo at Margaritaville that was coordinated by our region ambassador, but she was nowhere to be found so we snapped a few beach pictures before watching the start of the Marathon.
We spotted our friends Christy and W headed out for 26.2 miles, gave them a shout and a wave for good luck!! We found out Tennessee Fun Runner Friends – Dorothy (dot032) Josie (joheady), and Tammie (tlove1967)…we selfied and chatted our way to the start line.
Can I just say that even though I trained all summer in the Florida heat and humidity, it does not prepare you for 13.1 miles in the mid 70s with sunny skies in December without course hydration!! Yep, little to no hydration on course!!
We headed out of Pier Park to the left down Front Beach Road. The water stops were set up every 1-2 miles, however the first three miles had no water for runners. Coming up on mile 4 we crossed over the get water from a table set up for the runners heading back. At mile 6 the volunteers were standing with their arms crossed watching runners pass by. I asked for water, but was told that there wasn’t any and I’m pretty sure I cussed at that point!!
We made it to the turn around and this was the first picture we took along the course.
I was pretty loud about no water on the course when we passed the table at mile 6 on the return and they STILL HAD NO WATER, one of the two cyclist riding the course looking for a friend offered us a drink from his water bottle and we did partake…THANK YOU random cyclist!! Also, they were kind enough to ride back and tell us that there was limited water at mile 8, they had 2 one gallon jugs dropped off!! Ummmm, there were over 1000 runners signed up for today’s events and that’s just not right!!
Yes, I had water at mile 8, for as thirsty as I was I only took one cup. I knew there were runners behind me that needed the hydration as well.
I made it just past mile 9 and had to start my run/walk intervals. I could tell I was starting to dehydrate, my head was starting to thump and my energy was starting to fade, luckily I was still sweating. There was no water at mile 10, we were told that they had some at mile 11…SCORE! At mile 11, we were swiggin’ from gallon jugs of water with other runners, why…NO CUPS!! We passed a runner down in the road with paramedics and heard sirens in the distance.
Somewhere between mile 11 and 12 we stopped for this view.
My walk intervals were increasing and the run intervals were decreasing…not how I wanted my first post surgery race to go. But we’re going with it!! Only ONE mile to go!!
Turning back into Pier Park, I was excited to see the finish line ahead. Also, Holly was able to get a few great shots of us running it in. Also, Josie caught me waving or is that my S.O.S to come get me??!!
And with all that I managed a 2:24:55!! I was actually quicker than I thought, I wasn’t watching my watch at all.
I downed two bottles of water before heading over the tap glasses with our Tennessee Fun Runner Friends!!
We didn’t hang out too long. I was hungry, had a raging headache, and wanted a nap. In fact, it took two days for that headache to completely go away!!
Let me know…
Do you have a race that maybe didn’t go as planned?? Was it something minor or major?? How did you handle it??