Louisville St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon Recap
12 Reasons why my 12th half marathon was all hustle and no luck for this leprechaun:
#1. The weather went from 75° on Thursday to 30° with “feel like” 22° on Saturday.
#2. I pulled into Beckley Creek Park at 8:08 a.m. and it took me 25 minutes to park.
#3. This was the first race where I was so late that I missed the start by almost 15 minutes.
#4. I forgot to tie my leggings in the waist after a quick restroom break before the race.
#5. I was stuck behind all the 5K leprechauns until they hit their 1.5 mile turnaround.
#6. Beckley Creek Park is beautiful, but the concrete paths are very hard on my knees.
#7. My phone went dead at mile 5, so I was stuck holding a huge Galaxy Note for no purpose at all. No pics. No Drake station on Pandora.
#8. The hills that I did not train for have my quads feeling like I ran a marathon instead of a half.
#9. Seeing all the fast runners smile at me as they made their way towards the finish, and I wasn’t even half way.
#10. Headwind the entire second half of the race.
#11. Running up the hills I crossed over the first time.
#12. Not placing in my age group. I was 3 minutes slower than the 3rd place finisher.
Time-1:54:25, 8:43:57 pace
Age Group- 6th out of 42
Gender- 34 out of 241
Overall- 97 out of 423
*I spotted Jess from the first marathon training group I ran with in summer ‘13. Like me, she is done with marathons and focusing on more family races with her boys who have taken a liking to the sport.
*In the sea of mostly white people showing their Irish pride was a black lady in pink. It had to be Minnie representing the Alpha Kappa Alphas. I yelled out the window, “Hey Soror” as I turned into the lawn to park. She was supporting her daughter April for the 5K. I was already late so why not take an ussie for the blog:
*The race swag was nice and the announcer had a great sense of humor. The St. Paddy’s Day half shirt is good quality and something I will wear on St. Patrick’s Day this week.
*After the race, I took an Epson salt bath and jumped on 64 to get my pot of gold in Madison, WV as I visited my Grandma and Uncles.