Well, another half marathon is done. Race 13.1 Richmond was held on Saturday at the Richmond International Speedway. First of all, before I get started – I just want to say that I absolutely love the Race 13.1 series. They usually have their act together and put on a great race. I’ve done several of their races over the last few years – and I’ve enjoyed them all!
That is the one of the “good” parts of my story. These guys are great, well-organized and are obviously runners themselves.
I’d been watching the weather all week. It looked like it was going to be 100% chance of rain. But, we all know that the weather forecasts have been wrong in the past – and I’m sure will be into the future. This time, they were spot on. Race morning was about 55 degrees, rainy (downpours at times and windy). Dressed in a singlet, my arm sleeves (which worked perfectly for the conditions), shorts and cap. I ended up being spot on with what I wore for the day.
Weather – “bad” part of my story.
We were staying about 10 minutes away from the track and got there about 45 minutes before race start. That is about the time that I like to arrive at a race. Enough time to get in line for the bathroom, come out, get in line again and then head to the start.
When we crossed the track I saw people heading toward the infield bathroom facility. Passed several women who said that the women’s bathroom was locked. Men’s was open – women’s not. WTF???? The only bathroom for women was at another part of the infield with (yes you are going to read this correctly) 2 stalls! We are already wet and cold and now we are waiting in a horrendous line for the bathroom. Needless to say, there were a lot of unhappy women!
Yes, that was one of the “ugly” parts of my story.
Another “good” part was Hubby and I taking pictures around the track before the race started. We took pictures in Victory Circle and of different parts of the track. You don’t always get to be on the infield of a NASCAR track!
The race started on time with a lap around the track. It also finished with 2 laps around the track. That was a lot of fun! Yes, another “good” part of the story!
After our first lap around the track, we headed down through the tunnel away from the track. Remember I mentioned that it had been raining hard and pretty steadily – also, remember that I just said “down” through the tunnel? Well, we had to run through almost ankle deep water. Loverly, the first few miles and my shoes are soaked. Oh, well, after your shoes are thoroughly soaked – you don’t mind the puddles anymore. And, yes, there were many spots along the course that the water was that deep. A couple of us were laughing about the great workout that we were getting with our shoes weighing 10 pounds each!
And, you’re right – an “ugly” part of my story!
I did, however, enjoy the race course, After several miles, we headed away from the track and through some neighborhoods. The weather kept people from coming out, I’m sure, so it was really quiet at times. Speaking of quiet, around 10 miles we ran through a cemetery. Not just a small cemetery – a huge one. For a mile or so. Weird – but, it was kind of nice and peaceful through there – even with the rain!
Volunteers at the Race 13.1 series of races are usually great. And, for the most part, they were on this day. However, you knew that was coming, at around 7 miles I took a gel as we were coming to a water stop. A early 20’s guy had a cup that he was extending to me. I asked if it was water – he said, no lie, “close enough”. It was Gatorade. I handed it back to his with a killer look and said – nope, not close enough.
Yes, an “ugly”. Both him and me.
As I said, the race ended with 2 laps around the track. I really did enjoy running the track. I know that we weren’t quite as fast as the stock cars that go around there – but, they also don’t run in the rain. I guess that makes us tougher!
Best things – no one passed me the last laps of the track, just getting it over with and THE BEST – Hubby was waiting with a Pepsi for me as I crossed the line! Yep, I earned that one!
And, we all earned our medals!
Overall, I really did enjoy the course – and am looking forward to doing it again next year – hopefully in better weather!
Yes, it was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. But, mostly – it was The Good!