San Antonio Half Marathon
The actual name of the half marathon in San Antonio that I participated in was the Double Half Marathon. The reason for that was that you could do a half marathon in the morning and one in the evening. I, however, decided one half marathon for the day would be sufficient!
My boyfriend and I headed to San Antonio for a little R&R earlier in September. Of course, our R&R consists of a half marathon and staying with a 1.5 year old! In reality, we were taking a vacation to visit his brother's family who recently moved to San Antonio. Of course we played it around a half marathon to knock off a state!
We did the normal tourist stuff: River Walk and a boat tour, drove past the Alamo, had some local Texas BBQ, went geocaching, saw the world's largest shovel be inducted into the Guinness Book of World Record. We were busy!
|World's Largest Shovel (sorry it's on the side...I tried to fix it.)|
|Board tour on the Riverwalk|
Lucky for us, San Antonio had cooler (for them) weather when we came there. It actually rained (we must have brought the rain-gods with us). San Antonio residents were happy. The rain didn't interfere with our plans and usually only downpoured for about 5 mins at a time. But for us Chicagoans, it was still hot and humid. We'd do an activity, then come home and sit in the air conditioning for a while before going back out! lol. We are such babies! Ok, back to the half marathon!
The race was only about 20 mins from the house we were staying at. There were not a lot of people there and I knew it would be a very small race. There were port-a-potties but the bus station was right next to the parking lot, so I snuck in there for the "real" bathrooms instead.
I ran the first couple miles with Derek. It's nice to run with him sometimes since we don't always run together. I secretly love those moments but for various reasons, we normally do our own thing.
|Only about 175 runners|
|Before the half|
|At the start of the half|
|The trail. Very winding. I was mostly running alone!|
|Cactus! All over the place.|
Unfortunately for me and many others, after mile 6, there was a split in the trail. You could either go straight or turn right. There wasn't a sign so I continued straight (the logical thing to do). Then I came to a large (VERY LARGE AND LONG) uphill. I was thinking, "Really? Really? ... Um.. Really?" I continued to start running and walking up the hill. Near the top (or course), a girl was running back down along with many other runners. She told me that this was the wrong way. We were supposed to turn right at the other spot. She said she went to about the half way mark according to her garmin and turned around.
Oh, did I mention, my garmin battery was dead so I had no way of knowing where I was or how long I was out there? There were also no time clocks on the mile markers. I was just running for the love of running. lol
Anyway, I decided I had gone about half way and turned around. I was a bit upset I found this out after going up this large hill but whatever! We were telling everyone as we got back on course that they needed to turn at that spot. I saw Derek and told him also. I was only mildly annoyed but didn't really care since I wasn't running fast, trying to break any PR's, and since I had gone halfway, I just turned around and ran back. I didn't correct the course and run extra miles. To me, I still ran the half. I just got a bit turned around near the middle. No big deal.
Since it was so small, there were no spectators. I did find one...
|The only spectator (sorry for the side pic. Ugh)|
All in all, I did this race for fun and for a Texas half marathon medal. I thought most of the course was really nice and since there weren't a lot of people, very peaceful and enjoyable. I just struggled the last couple miles for no reason really. I was just tired and hot. I found out after the race that it was about 80 degrees during the race with a real feel of 97 degrees! No wonder I was tired and hot! lol.
Since I didn't have my garmin or time clocks, I had no idea what I was going to finish at. I walked many times the last two miles. I was sure it would be over 2:30 but I really didn't care. So I was really surprised when I finished and saw my time was 2:21! This is a very standard summer half marathon time for me and I was pleased to be under 2:30! I ate some food, drank some water, and waited for Derek to finish.
Overall, I had a good time. It gave me a chance to run long "alone" under difficult (hot/humid) weather conditions, and practice my "run happy" mental attitude. It's what is going to get me through that marathon in Grand Rapids with a PR! Now I can mark Texas off the list of states to run half and full marathons in!