Today, I think I ran the smallest half-marathon in history of half-marathons. There were about 30 people registered for the full marathon and about 60 or so registered for the half. I’m not quite sure even if everyone showed up. I was pretty sure I’d come in last – and I’m not sure yet, but I still think I came in close to last. See, here is a picture Michael took at the start and this is pretty much everyone.
The race started at the La Grave baseball field in Fort Worth and the course was an out and back along the Trinity Trail and ended back at the baseball field. A lot of the course was crushed gravel and, other than getting a few pebbles in my shoes, it was like running on a springboard compared to concrete. And the weather was near perfect at 50 degrees. I was happy. I’m also happy with my unofficial PR time: 1:59:59.
There were a few glitches, the biggest with the timing system and I’m not certain I will even have an official chip time, but there was a guy jotting down everyone’s finish time as they crossed the line. There were also moments along the course when I was totally alone and wasn’t sure if I was going in the right direction. Michael said the lady who won the half was chewing the race director out because the course was marked so poorly in a few places that making decisions on where turn drastically affected her time. (It was an out and back course – and being the most directionally challenged person in the world – if I figured it out then anyone could figure it out.)
I really enjoyed myself this morning. The trail was beautiful and I absolutely loved not being boxed in at the beginning. I forgot how much I love Fort Worth. I will definitely sign up for this race next year.
Donkey is not as happy with my time as I am, he wanted me to run longer so he could nap in the stadium a little more. More pictures here.