That would be me.
And the other runners who used their Garmins. Maybe Angie was Half Crazy when she mapped out the course, or someone pulled a late April Fool's prank, but the route ended up a tad on the LONG side. Oops.
Since this was my first race since January and I was going into it considering 4.5 miles to be a long training run, these feet were a bit nervous Sunday morning.
Turns out, as the race went on, I had no desire to mess with taking pictures. Sorry. Since the race was practically in my backyard, along some of our training routes, I was a little bored by the scenery. I had an actual inkling of taking a picture of NASA/JSC as I trotted by, but then I got over it.
Local race. Very well organized and supported for being an inaugural event. Aid stations had water, Gatorade, oranges, pretzels, Jolly Ranchers and oreos. A few stations had cold sponges which were so refreshing. Friendly, excited volunteers. Nice BLING that included a colorful finisher's medal, technical shirt, sport bottle and race bag. Free massages after. Festive post race party with music and BBQ. My body remembered what to do and I ran without any issues.
The Borderline Not So Good:
It was warm and humid, but you can't control that. I poured water down the back of my neck and used the cold sponges at some of the aid stations. The ice cold towel handed to me as I crossed the finish line was so delightful, I briefly considered marrying it. Even though the course ended up being over 13.1, that was okay. I can say that now, of course, at the time...not so much.
Overall I had a great race experience. I feel jazzed about running again...and plan to talk more about it, so stay tuned.