Yesterday, we ran the GHS Half Marathon “Swamp Rabbit Race to Greenville”. I had really wanted to do this race last year, but I decided it was too soon after the Disney Princess Half for me to be ready, so when it came around this year, I was all set and ready to go. Here’s why:
We didn’t pick up our bibs on Friday night, so we had to get up super early Saturday morning since the race start was at 7:30. Since it was a point to point race, we parked one car in Greenville so we wouldn’t have to ride the shuttle back to TR. The shuttle was offered, but at $10 a seat, we decided that was way too much.
It was about 40 degrees in Greenville when we left, so I had a long-sleeved shirt and crops, but when we got to TR, it was almost 10 degrees colder! We sat in the car right up to the start and even then my hands and toes were totally frozen! It took about 3 miles before I really got warmed up.
The parking situation at the start was kind of a cluster because there’s some construction going on, so hopefully they think that through a little for next year. There were plenty of porta-potties and a bathroom with a few stalls. I really didn’t want to use the port-a-potty, so I made Meredith wait in line with me for the real bathroom and we cut it a little close on the race start We ended up taking over the men’s room (they can go in the woods anyways!).
The only real bad thing about this race was that the start was on a pretty narrow trail which made the race start really crowded. The grass on the side wasn’t level either, so when someone ran me off the road (they just weren’t paying attention), I almost rolled my ankle and some guy right in front of my totally bit it. So that wasn’t so great, but after the first few miles, everyone spread out so it was fine after that.
After we warmed up on the first few miles, we kept a pretty quick pace (~9:30) up until about mile 9 when we both started feeling pretty tired. We slowed down for the next two miles, but I definitely caught a second wind around mile 11 when I realized I was going to PR if I kept it up! The course headed into downtown Greenville (and hills!)…and my iPod died! Bummer. Luckily we were almost done, so I focused on finishing strong
Finish Time: 2:06.21 Hooray for a PR!
Oh, and the iPod that died? I broke one of the “cardinal” rules of races: I didn’t charge my gadgets the night before. I figured it would be ok, but the iPod I’ve been running with is fairly new, so I’m still not familiar with how long the battery lasts. I bought this iPod shuffle about a month ago:
It’s so handy! I’d been running with my iPod Classic (the big one!) in an armband, which wasn’t so bad, but having all that weight on my arm kinda bothers my shoulder. I didn’t buy that iPod with running in mind. I’d been looking at some different MP3 players that were running-friendly, and most of them were $30-40, and this iPod was $50, so I decided to shell out the extra $10 for the simplicity of using an Apple products. I won’t be switching to an iPhone anytime soon, to be sure, but the Shuffle is very running friendly.