Yesterday I participated in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon.
Thankfully I did not have to deal with train delay, but I can understand why a few runners were upset about it.
The day started at 5:30 in the morning when I woke up to get ready to head downtown and join the other 26,000 people getting ready for the race.
This was my view for the star of the race from Corral 27. I was a full mile from the actual starting line. and it was cold. I was ready to start.
Getting close to the starting line, that is it with the balloons and the red banner. This is when everyone got really pumped up about the race.
The sun finally started to peak out and warm up. It was 50 degrees earlier and now was getting a bit warmer.
Saw this at around mile 6. Excellent job, this pumped me up more than the bands or anything else.
Some of the bands did a pretty good job of pumping the racers up, and there were also cheerleaders chanting at the runners, everywhere you turned.
I hit the wall at mile 10 and had to walk for a bit because it felt like my feet where bleeding. Turns out they were just blistered, but it did slow me down.
Getting close to the finish line. The inflatables were part of the beer garden where racers got free beer.
The home stretch. For some reason this did not pump me up as much as the other parts of the race did.
Part of me was disappointed it was all over.
But then I got the metal.
This metal is much heavier than I thought it would be. Was very surprising when I put it on the first time.
Now for my thoughts on the whole thing. This was my first half marathon and I was surprised that I enjoyed it.
I am normally kind of lazy; and like to do things at a slow pace, so doing a half marathon is out of habit for me.
But I had fun, and immediately after it was over, I was thinking about what I would do next time. I am going to make this an annual thing for me for as long as I can.
I was discussing this with a coworker, who had done the full marathon and he asked if I would ever try the 26.2 behemoth. I think I might eventually. I want a few more half marathons under my belt.
This half marathon was a test for me, my goal was just to finish. As I started to train for it, I felt more confident that I could finish it and set the goal of finishing in 03:30:00. I pulled it off and finished in 03:09:02 which is a really good time, an average pace of 14:34 per a mile.
I can not wait for next year. Seriously considering signing up for the Rock & Roll Dallas in March.