You all know that Holly and I ran the MO Cowbell Half Marathon on Sunday in St. Charles - if you didn't know, one year ago I ran my first race ever and that was the Cowbell - read it HERE. This is where my love for racing/running began.
Sunday morning I got my booty out of bed and hit the road to head to St. Charles to meet Holly Bells by 6:45 A.M. I am not going to lie, I was pumped to run my 3rd half marathon in 5 weeks. I didn't eat before this race again and I think I found my niche... hydration to the max and less food - it works for me NOT saying it works for everyone.
Visited with Chris and the Stanfield clan for a bit and off we went to the start line. It was cool and breezy and I LOVED IT. I absolutely love running in colder weather and having my Nike pull over on, made me super comfy:) Took a quick race photo before hand, people rang their cowbells, saw our girl Kim, and off we went.
I was running this race WITH Holly - we kept a good pace and I talked to her while she nodded;) Time went by so quickly knowing she was right there with me. Chris and their bambinos came out to cheer her on around mile 10 and it was adorable. One of my favorite parts. I also absolutely love running through New Town - it's it own little world. So peaceful and beautiful.
Mile 10 came quickly and it was a steady hill until around almost mile 11. I sort of sprinted up the hill since I am really trying to work on getting more "hills" in on my training. The run felt great. 13.1 miles is not so shabby lately - I finished, grabbed a water, and waited for Holly to finish. I was listening to the man announce the finishers and as soon as I heard "Holly from St. Charles - Holly hates running and...." I knew it was her. LMAO! I was laughing so hard and hugged her big time (Sir Hugs A Lot here). We headed straight to the Medical tents to get stretched out and off we went home.
I am so proud of Holly - she worked HARD on this race. I know she was kind of "blah" about not PRing but she really put work in and I could tell. Congrats Holls for shaving 10 minutes off your time - that is almost a minute a mile... that's awesome!
Now... here we go for half marathon #4 in 7 weeks on Sunday - we are running the GO St. Louis Halloween Half Marathon in downtown St. Louis AND... Laura (K9Bish) is running too - YAY! Then I take a break from running for awhile until the St. Jude 5K/walk here in November and the St. Jude Marathon in December.
Racing this weekend? New Town fan? Apple Store hater?