Talk about a stressful week back to work--I was leading a professional development session on Tuesday night and didn't get home until almost 8pm! Then, on Wednesday, I had to attend another PD session til 4, then I helped tutor my neighbor--on top of all the housework and cooking I planned on doing. Top that off with a needy puppy who was NOT ok with me being on the computer, and you have a lack of blog post yesterday and a late one today.
|Would NOT STOP WHINING|
I first heard about the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon series from a flyer in my packet from the Firecracker 4 miler back in July 2013. I kept meaning to register for the race in 2013, but after putting it off, I tried to register after they'd reached the cap for the race. Bummer!
The race series takes place in Cocoa, FL, which is just inland from the Kennedy Space Center. It's the "only space-themed race on the planet", and right now, they have are doing the Big Bang Race Series from 2013-2017. Each year's medal features a different space shuttle, and if you run 3 out of the 5 races, you get a special medal. If you run all 5 of the races, you get an additional special medal. Talk about bling!
The race organizers set up a bunch of different host hotels with buses on race morning, so getting to the starting line was very easy. The starts of the half marathon and marathon were 30 minutes apart, and the 4,000 half marathoners started promptly at 6!
The course was an out-and-back course and started going south along the Indian River. It was a beautiful morning to be running by the water and witnessing the sunrise!
I shook that off and kept on going. For this race, I ran for about 6 minutes at the beginning, then began my run/walk/run intervals of 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I felt really great running-wise throughout the race! The scenery certainly helped.
The 13.1 miles passed quickly, and I made it to the finish feeling great! The finish area was really neat--we ended at a park, and we ran around a sheltered walkway to finish. The energy was great with the crowds standing on either side, and they had lots of space-themed decorations to go around.
I'm glad I kept up with my time on the RunKeeper app, as my time without all the restroom stops was much, much better!
Oh, well! My official time still was better than the previous two half marathons I've run while pregnant.
The finish area/park was decorated with all sorts of space suits and great photo opp areas. Check out this one with all of the medals for the Big Bang series!
Bobbie Jo's husband, Derek, was running his first marathon, so she went to get a spot to see him finish. We both saw him running south as we were running north to the finish (the marathoners did their last 13.1 on the half marathon course), so she knew he'd finish relatively soon. I was HUNGRY and went to grab the pancake breakfast provided for the runners. Yum!!!
I will definitely be looking to run this half marathon again in the future! I missed the first year, but I can still get the 3-year special medal over the next three years of the Big Bang series.
Question for you: Have you participated in a multi-year race series before?