I definitely have a long, windbag race report in me about this race, but I decided to forgo boring you. Because I like you. Remember that.
So, in loo of said lengthy race report, I figure I'll just summarize some of the race's highlights:
1. It was cold. 45 degrees at the start. For FL, there are not enough hyperbolized comparisons to describe that kind of cold.
2. Thankfully, my race morning timing was near-perfect and I only had to stand in the corral and suffer that cold for about 10 minutes.
3. Once running, I definitely prefer 45 degrees to 85 degrees.
4. It wasn't the cold that was running's enemy in this race; it was the wind. For the portion on A1A itself, there were some powerful headwinds.
5. I was thankful I wasn't running the marathon; those runners had a much longer section straight into that wind.
6. Each time I run an HM and I'm thankful for the turn-off from the marathon, I know that I'm not yet ready to return to marathons. It's been 6 years, and each time I get to turn off where the two courses split, I feel nothing but relieved.
7. Note to self: If I ever do return to marathons, I must choose races where a half isn't an option. I believe it would eff with my brain seeing that option.
8. In a turn-around course, like this one, a headwind eventually becomes a tailwind. Lovely.
9. I wore my long sleeves the entire race.
10. And I was thankful I had decided, at the last minute, to wear tights.
11. I was probably too conservative with my pace, especially in the first half of the race, because when I finished, I felt like I could go another few miles.
12. Oh well, I don't mind being conservative if it means I can run a steady, consistent race, which I did.
13. I never consumed anything on the course: Not a drop of water nor a Shot Blok. Nada. I think I barely sweated through the entirety of the race and I honestly wasn't thirsty until I finished.
.1. I finished in 2:13:29. Not even close to a PR, but as I said above, a solid race where I ran an average 10:08 min/mile pace. I'm happy with that.
That's a mega medal, isn't it? Yeah, I have thoughts on that behemoth as well. Think I'll explore those thoughts tomorrow.