As you may have read, I ran in the Tom King 1/2 Marathon in Nashville this past Saturday. If you'll scroll down to the previous post, you'll find some pictures from the start, finish, and breakfast. If you're a facebook friend, there are more in an album on my page.
I woke up Saturday morning to find that it had been raining overnight, but nothing was coming down when I walked outside to assess how I should dress. By the time we were in the car heading downtown, it was pouring down rain. And there was thunder. And lightning.
I tried to remain optimistic. I had paid $40 for this race. I had trained. I wanted to run. What's some rain? I won't melt. I must admit that I was a little surprised for a moment to see the event hadn't been cancelled. But then I remembered that distance runners really are the craziest of athletes, so who was I to doubt? If I still wanted to run, then a lot of other people probably did, too.
So Bob, me, and a college pal Kirk lined up under the stadium awning, only running out when the gun was fired. The first hour brought four lightning flashes with rambling thunder and a constant downpour. It was actually a little neat to be running with 900 other people in a thunderstorm. Insane, maybe... but still a neat sense of spirit. The rain did let up about halfway through the race, so that was nice.
I saw several guys that work out at my gym so we all waved and such. It's nice to know some of my fellow distance runners from around town.
The race finishes on the Titans field with your picture up on the Jumbo Tron. It's really kind of cool running up the tunnel the football players run up for the games. I finished in 1:56:09, a time that it 6 minutes faster than my previous best for the half marathon. Apparently rain is my friend.
After the race, I immediately headed to the bathroom to change into some dry clothes so that I could enjoy the buffet breakfast. You better believe I tried everything and went back for seconds.
I spent the rest of the day napping and then watching We Are Marshall. It's sad, but I thought it was a really good movie. All in all, it was a great weekend and even the rain couldn't keep me from making the most of the race.