I decided to run this race a few weeks ago. My friend Laura in St. Louis mentioned that she was going to run this race and I checked my calendar and realized I could run it too! I was a little concerned about being able to run it since I had knee issues after the San Francisco Marathon, but it all worked out.
I rode the Amtrak train to St. Louis from Kansas City. I had never done this before and thought I would give it a shot. It was actually quite relaxing. I listened to my ipod and read a little bit and took in the scenery.
On Sunday morning, we woke up around 5:00 am so that we could be in St. Charles around 6:00 am. Normally, I wake up eat/drink and pee a few times before I leave home or the hotel and do not have to wait long before the start. The race did not start until 7:15, so I thought maybe I needed to drink more water. Note to self: more water means more peeing! I have never had to use a port-a-potty before a race, but I did on Sunday.
We lined up and started the race. After about a half a mile, I looked at Laura and told her that I thought I was going to pee my pants. I am not sure where this came from, since I had just gone to the bathroom. I have never had this happen to me before. Not being sure of when the first aid station would be, I did want any other Southwest Missouri girl would do, I find a large sign with bushes around it and took off for the sign so I could pee! My mom would be so proud! Laura said that when I darted, some really handsome guys were laughing and got a huge kick out of me taking off to pee. I am not sure I understand this, because I have seen more men stopping to be by bushes than at the port-a-potties!
Ah, much better. I never could catch Laura, so I just plugged away listening to my ipod. Around mile four or five, my knee started getting a little sore, but it was fine after a few more miles. There was a long incline going up to the bridge to cross the Missouri River. I saw a lot of people walking at this point. I am happy to say that I just ran right up that sucker! I really think all of the hills I have been running are finally paying off! I ended up seeing Laura around mile 10. I crossed the finish line in 2:02:18. Not my best half marathon, but I was pretty happy with it!
I would list my splits, but I have no idea how to get that information off of my Garmin!