Yesterday, Mr. Marathon and I ran the Martinsville Half Marathon! It was Mr. Marathon's third time running this race, but it was just my first. And we had an amazing race! We both PR'd and placed first in our age groups! So, instead of just rambling on and on about the race, we have decided to compile a list of 13.1 reasons why the 2013 Martinsville Half Marathon was THE BEST RACE. EVER.
13. It was not miserably cold this year. Unlike both years prior to this one. It was kinda cold, though, but not too bad as our bodies warmed up after a few miles.
12. It was not rainy (like last year) or snowy (like um, today????? the day after the race!!!).
11. Because we knew what the weather was going to be like, we knew that wearing shorts would make us look like fools. Sorry to everyone who wore shorts. Your fault. We managed to dress appropriately for the moderately chilly temperature.
10. Mr. Marathon rediscovered his blazing speed by removing three pounds (just kidding! maybe....) from his head by way of a haircut. He believes that a haircut doesn't have to be a bad thing. Especially since it wasn't in his eyes hindering his visibility. Or poking his eyeballs or dripping with sweat into his eyeballs. Ew.
9. We both firmly believe that carrying our own water bottles really contributed to our success in this race. I like to carry a water bottle when I run, but Mr. Marathon thinks he's a camel or something and generally refuses to. But he caved, and it benefited him in the long run (get it? we ran 13.1 miles. that's kinda long...)
8. This month, we kicked it into high gear with our training. Just this month we have run 99.8 and 67.3 miles before the Half Marathon (can you guess which numbers are whose? just kidding don't do that). Anyway, we decided that it's actually not magic that makes a runner improve. It's training. Who woulda thunk it? It only took Mr. Marathon three years to realize this.
7. Being familiar with the course also helped us greatly. Most of our training runs took place on the Dick and Willie and in Uptown Martinsville, along the course of the Half Marathon. And we did that practice run of the whole course, which totally helped.
5. Mr. Marathon realized that being serious is no fun. He might be a seriously good runner, but he ain't got time to be serious! Ain't nobody got time for that! He found out that what continues to drive him to be a better runner is to see other runners having a good time-- smiling, laughing, joking, high-fiving, you know. And on this out-and-back course, he got the privilege of seeing every single other runner at some point on the course, and he greeted them with a word of encouragement and a smile. I also had a similar experience. Not only did I run 13.1 miles, but I also smiled 13.1 miles! I was doing so well from the get-go that I did not stop smiling. Not even when the uphills were rising up from the ground.... completely unexpectedly (psych!). We decided that a smile can go a long way.... 13.1 miles and beyond! :) So if you're a runner, throw a smile out at a fellow runner. It might just come back to help you, too!
4. Speaking of smiles, the amazingly friendly volunteers from our community really helped make this race the wonderful experience that it was. They greeted all the runners with a smile and a cup of water or Gatorade, whether you wanted it or not! They were eager to help and very motivating. We don't think we could have done nearly as well without the cheering (and the hydration and GU) provided by the course volunteers and spectators.
|Our Finisher Medals and First Place ChooChoo Trains!|
(the Dick and Willie used to be a railroad... cute awards, right???)
2. We also love that this is a very small-town kinda race. We recognized a good majority of the other runners from training runs and other local races. The Martinsville race scene is growing and expanding, but we all seem to know each other somehow or another!
1. And last but not least, it's OUR small-town. We love that Martinsville and Henry County are capable of coming together and putting on such a wonderful, inspiring, motivational event. It's nice to see something so great come out of our little community. We hope to be loyal participants/supporters for as long as we can.
|Mrs. Marathon modeling|
the awesome t-shirt!