Battleship 12K

November 16, 2016 | Comment

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The 2nd annual Battleship 12K was held Sunday in Mobile, AL. The race is a patriotic run to honor those that served. The Battleship 12K partners with organizations such as Boot Campaign, Mission 22, and Team RWB to raise awareness for the brave men and women who served our country.

After such a fun experience running this race last year, my Mom and I decided to make this an annual girls trip weekend. We headed out on our road trip to Alabama bright and early Saturday morning. We explored downtown Mobile visiting a yummy brunch spot, the historic Conde Fort site, and the Conde Charlotte House.

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Next we headed to the Battleship 12K packet pick up at the Courtyard Marriott in Daphne, AL. I got to say hello to some runner friends as well as pick up my number and race shirt.

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Our next adventure took us to the Tanger Outlets in Foley and concluded with dinner at Lambert’s…..yes the obnoxious home of the roll throwing.

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We finally settled in at the Hampton Inn Daphne for the night. We stayed here last year and this hotel is amazing. It has gorgeous views of the Mobile Bay and complimentary breakfast in the morning.

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I actually felt refreshed and prepared on race morning. My hotel bed was super comfy and I woke up before my alarm. I have been putting more effort into my training the past few weeks so I was mentally and physically prepared for the distance.

After dropping Mom off at the finish line I headed to the start. I got a quick stretch in and was ready to begin. A bagpipe player dressed in the full garb started the race playing America the Beautiful and a local singer serenaded runners with the national anthem.

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The first mile started pretty fast since most of it was downhill. I let my legs set the pace and finished mile 1 in 7:02. I was expecting to be much further back in the crowd but I was 3rd female.

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Mile 2 took us to the swampy area of the bay with a small bridge to cross. I moved to 2nd place and finished in 7:36.

I felt I may have been starting out way too fast because there was no way I should have been hitting a 14:38 2 mile for the 12K. I dialed it back some for mile 3 and finished in 7:46.

As I expected I got passed by a few females in miles 4 and 5. I knew there was no way I could hold them off or continue my early pace. I finished mile 4 in 7:45 and mile 5 in 7:58.

Mile 6 wore on me literally, I could already feel the blisters coming on the inner arch of my feet. (I am long overdue for new running shoes but I’m holding out for Santa (the hubby) to deliver a new pair of Brooks Christmas morning.) I was also starting to tire. I finished mile 6 in 8:09.

After seeing my 6 mile time I realized I was somehow on pace to hit a 10K personal record. I picked the pace up and actually blasted my 2014 10K PR by 30 seconds for 47:58.

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That was enough to motivate me to get over the fairly large bridge in mile 7. I finished mile 7 in 8:10.

The last .45 miles took us into Battleship Park. Volunteers handed out mini American flags. I proudly held my flag high as I crossed the finish line.

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My time was 57:53, good for 8th overall and a PR! The finisher medal was absolutely gorgeous.

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I met up with Mom and told her about the race. We then met up with some runner friends and enjoyed the post race activities.

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I got my race results print out and headed to the awards tent to see if I placed in my age group. I got 1st and won a medal! I also picked up my challenge coin for being a race veteran.

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A first place age group finish and 2 PRs called for post race margaritas.

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This race was even better this year and doubled in size. It was an honor to run with veterans and current military. I cannot wait to do it again next year.

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Up next for me is the the Turkey Day 5K and Mashed Potato Mile Saturday in Hammond, LA. Until next time!

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