Thursday, January 5, 2017

Race Report: The Middle Half 10.8.16

I ran one race in 2016, and to be honest, I maybe ran about a half mile of it.

Adam and I completed the 10th Annual Middle Half in Murfreesboro, TN on October 8, 2016. This was my 10th year to do it, and I was one of about 30 people who have completed it every year since it began in 2007. Races weren't high on the priority list this past year as we focused on new jobs and grad school, but I knew I wasn't going to miss my chance to keep my streak going. I finished my graduate program 2 weeks before the race, and Adam was finishing his 3 days after it. So I didn't feel too bad that we were walking this one.

Packet pickup went smoothly, and I received some fun goodies for being one of the 10 year participants including a nice Yeti cup with my name and the race logo and a nice backpack with the race logo embroidered on it. I also really liked the shirts this year.

Saturday morning, all of the streakers met at the start line for a group photo.

Adam and I then took a spot at the back of the pack, but we still started off jogging for the first little bit so we could enjoy the start line adrenaline. After that, we pretty much walked the whole rest of the way. It was kind of nice, but definitely different. We chatted about all sorts of odds and ends. We observed other people. We leap frogged back and forth with a few folks when we started jogging off and on the last few miles because I wanted to finish under 3:15. (Even when you're walking, you still have goals, ha.)

The weather was also perfect, so that helped us enjoy a nice 13.1 mile walk around the Boro.

We of course ran the last 200m to the finish line on the MTSU track and finished in about 3:08.

My half marathon PR is from this race (a 1:52:16 from 2010), but this day's race was my third slowest half (the other two being one in Disney World where I stopped often for character pictures and one in Memphis that I walked when I had a stress fracture.) Nonetheless, it was still a ton of fun, and it remains one of my favorite races to do. Obviously, since it's the only race I made an effort to do in 2016.

I was really proud to earn my 10th medal from this event and add it to the collection.

Adam and I celebrated my success that evening with dinner at our favorite mexican restaurant and some margaritas! (Never mind how exhausted I look in this photo. It's an indication of how 2016 wore me down, but the half marathon that day didn't help the bags under my eyes, haha.)

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