Lucky number 7 Half Marathon!
Today was the Gulf Coast Half Marathon held at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, LA. The weather could not have been better. It was sunny and stayed in the 50s for the whole race. I came to the race in a singlet but switched to a long sleeve shirt and I am glad I did. It got breezy by the lake.
Let’s rewind to 36 hours before the race. I finally finished 9 shifts in a row at work and was excited to finally start my 3 day weekend. We were out to dinner with some friends and that is when what would be a 12 hour round of kidney stones hit me. The stones finally passed when I woke up Saturday morning but my back was sore the whole day. For those who know me my kidney stones are pretty frequent but every a few months I get some really painful ones.
Needless to say I was not very confident going in to the race. My ultimate goal was to break 1:50:00 but then I started lowering my expectations to just breaking my previous record of 1:54:46. Then I even said I would be happy just breaking 2 hours.
I started the race out taking it easy and just seeing how I felt. I had no race plan. I decided to just let my legs take the metaphorical wheel.