And so was Avery, my littlest cheerleader.
It was a comfortably cool morning when we showed up at Cameron Village
One last bit of support from Avery and I went to wait in the port-a-potty line for one final go:
I saw my husband Jim and Avery set up on the course at mile 2.5 and surprised me with this sign: Totally made me grin ear to ear!
My husband was my "course support" by taking my jacket at mile 2.5, providing a new hand-held water bottle for mile 5 and of course having Avery ring a cow bell and yell "GO GO MOMMA!!" at four different spots on the course. Usually, both my husband and I run the same race, so having a cheering section was a really nice perk!
It was a tough hilly course and even though the net elevation gain was zero (since it started at the same location where it ended), the total elevation gain along the course was about 2,000! There was also a huge steep hill at the beginning of the final mile where almost everyone was walking. The best part was the downhill stretch to the finish where I was in a full sprint to the finish line in sight!
|Spectator giving me a high five!|
|Both feet off the ground in full sprint down the hill towards the finish!|
My finish time on the clock was 1:58:33, a new PR by 17 minutes! However I really ran it faster because the race timing company said due to "human error" the start line didn't pick up the chips so nobody got a chip time. Considering that I started in the very back of the pack (due to long port-a-potty lines), I finished at least 30-60 seconds faster than that but we'll never know the real time.
Afterwards, I enjoyed a beer at the finish area
The Finish: There definitely was a nice downhill finish, but there wasn't much of an after-party like at other races. Just a very small beer garden (and the beer wasn't even good!).
Overall, an average race that could definitely stand to make improvements for the future. Especially in regards to the amount of port-a-pottys at the start and the chip timing system malfunction. It was a nice scenic tour of the city of Raleigh.