I'm just back from a long weekend at the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon.
This is one of my favorite races of the season and a fun way to end the
summer. It was a funny race for me and I struggled a little with the
humidity. I think mostly because the weather in Chicago has been dry
and cool all summer that I just wasn't acclimated for the 87% humidity
even though the temps weren't crazy hot (75-80).
I can always
tell how I will do in a race based on what my hair looks like:) Nice,
smooth curls = a strong race. Out of control frizz = a tough race. And
the minute I stepped off the plane in Norfolk, my hair looked like Rosseane, Roseannadanna.
It's actually a great barometer for knowing when to cut back on pace
and go with what the day brings, and I did just that. I actually used
this race as a training run for my Rim2Rim4Roy challenge in early October. I ran to the start, ran the half marathon
and then walked back to the hotel. Twenty miles in total and a perfect
training day for me. If you're looking to get in a fun training run and can control your pace, try using a half marathon and warm up with a few miles before the gun goes off. I will often use half marathons as supported long runs, especially if I am on the road traveling. Plus, you get the extra bennies too (sports drink, bathrooms, shirt, medal...)
So I guess we're headed into fall, and with that begins my search for the perfect carmel apple. Because what is fall without carmel apples? Not a fall at all...