Sunday, October 26, 2008

Four Bridges Half Marathon

What a fun run! I'll start at the end -- Donna and I finished with a 1:56 time which is a wonderful time in and of itself, but made even better by the rolling hills of the last 4 miles of the course (plus the one steep hill right before the finish!).

So we got there about 45 minutes before the race, which was plenty of time to park, use the (real!) bathrooms, and get to the starting line. We were in the second wave of runners (1:46 to 2:15 predicted finish time) and we both had tears in our eyes as the first wave started to the crack of the starting gun and then Queen's "We Will Rock You" blaring over the speakers. (Our starting song was The Who's "Who Are You?" which was almost as cool!)

The course was super fun, way more fun than 3 years ago. For one thing, they had someone dressed as a troll at every bridge (a la Three Billy Goats Gruff), snarling and shouting at the runners. Also there were plastic snakes and spiders on the bridges, which were fine once I realized they were fake! And there were people in costumes at various points along the way which added to the fun atmosphere.

I had my iPod with me, but opted to run this one without music, kind of as a mental training exercise. Donna and I chatted for the first 5 or 6 miles, and then she tuned into her music, and I had time to chat with other runners (I ran into a guy I worked with at the computer company almost 13 years ago!) and to just think my own thoughts.

We finished with smiles on our faces, and Donna's family (husband and 3 gorgeous daughters) was there to celebrate with her! My suspicion? Today was NOT her last race!

And speaking of races, I've signed up for the Helen Klein Running Classic which takes place on Saturday. They have a 30K (18.6 miles), a 50K (31.1 miles) and a 50 mile race. My plan is to run the 30K and add on miles to make this my 24 mile run. But what I'm most excited about is being around real ultra people -- how cool is that? AND guess what the post-race snacks are? A full Thanksgiving dinner!!! (Mine will be sans turkey, of course.)

19 comments:

Marcy said...

CONGRATS CHICA!!! What an awesome awesome job!! WHOOO HOOO!!! ;D ;D

Laurie said...

Nice Job! Congratulations!

Laurie said...

Hey are you doing the Dec 7th Marathon? We're seriously considering coming out there so Jay can run it.

Michael B said...

congratulations on a great time....although i'm not much into time at my age (HA)...but it sounds like you had a blast! looking forward to CIM! we're just weeks away.

*aron* said...

congrats!!!! awesome job :) sounds like you had a great day!

Irene said...

I'm so thrilled for you and how well you did at this race! I'm so thrilled for you and looking forward to your next race report! I love your race reports, by the way!

Julianne said...

Leslie!! How come I didn't know you were running a half??? Or did I? OH, bad me. Congratulations on a great half, though!! :-)

Great idea doing that 30k and adding some extra miles. Wow!

Anne said...

If only all of my 'training runs' could be that much fun -- and fast. Dang, Leslie. You are really on a roll. I had this race on my wish list...now I may have to move it up.

Kim said...

That sounds like a ton of fun! Great time! Congrats.

tfh said...

That sounds super fun! Great time, and very cool that you managed it without music. The upcoming 30k sounds exciting, too!

KK said...

I am glad you had a great race!!!

I ran the last leg of the 4 Bridges 1/2 marathon relay. I also enjoyed all of the costumes!

leslie said...

Marcy and Laurie -- THANKS!

leslie said...

Michael -- I'm not that much behind you in age, but I agree that focusing on having fun is way better than focusing on a finish time!

leslie said...

Aron -- Thanks and I can't wait to meet you in December!

leslie said...

Irene -- Thanks for the nice words! It's always good to hear that someone likes what you write -- helps to keep the writing happening!

leslie said...

Julianne -- Since I only signed up the day before, I didn't even know I was running it till less than 24 hours before the race! It was a lot of fun, though!

leslie said...

Anne -- It really is a fun half. Maybe you can fit it in next year when you come to visit your daughters???

leslie said...

Kim and Tfh -- Thanks!

leslie said...

KK -- Wish we'd managed to cross paths at the race!