Sun, Oct 12
So after pulling the plug on the Columbus full I needed to accomplish something running-wise this fall. Lo and behold the Towpath Half jumped out at me! I had never done it before and since I have really grown to love the towpath I thought that it would be a great option. I mentioned it to my running gals MaryAnn and Marilyn a couple weeks before and they jumped on it too! Yahoo!! This was crazy last minute for them, but they just decided to do a long run the week before and they would be ready. Sure enough that is what they did!!
We met to carpool at my house since the start was so close. It was freezing that morning, about 28 degrees, but we were prepared!
What do you do when you are waiting and cold? Well, besides visit the portapottie which we did quite a bit that morning!! Take pics!!! Here are individual shots of us in our glory…
The pink nightmare – wearing my thrift store gem that will be in my posession for approximately 10-15 minutes into the race!
Marilyn wearing a garbage bag…smart! Lots of folks do it, but few are able to actually fit into a kitchen size bag!!! That is my girl!!
Then there is “Nanuke from the North” suited up for the Polar Vortex!!
Despite being chilly, the morning was beautiful and the route was breathtaking, really. It was foggy early, but became sunny mid-morning with the leaves looking so pretty. We saw a duck, perhaps a hawk and someone claimed to see a snake on the trail. I’m glad I missed that one! The three of us were together for about a mile and then we cut Marilyn loose!! Ha! No, it was the other way around!! That girl is fast!
The narrowness of the towpath was a little bit of a challenge. Mary Ann and I were chastised my another runner passing us as she yelled “move over” at us rather abruptly!! Oh, well. It gave us something to laugh about. We were just glad we were not taking the race that seriously and could laugh and just enjoy the race and experience.
I felt pretty good for the entire race. I had water and Gatorade at every other stop and had a GU packet at mile 10. I wanted to have it at mile 9, but no water! I really slowed down the last couple of miles, but did not walk! I actually felt pretty good about my time too: 2:26:08. It was not a PR, but not my worst time either and it was so fun to run with my gal pals. It was the first time all three of us ran a race together!
After the race we were each able to get a quick massage with only a 5 minute wait! That felt great! We stayed to hear a bit of the awards ceremony. I love to hear the finishing times of the women in my age-group – so amazing!! Then, back home for a much welcomed shower.
Great race, great scenery and the bestest friends a girl could ask for!!! Feeling blessed!!