I arrived just before the race started. Snapped a quick pic and didn’t even have time to stretch before the gun went off. Oops!
It was foggy on the beach the entire time and in the mid 60s – perfect! The whole race took place on the beach. 12 miles on the wet sand and then a 1 mile loop through dry sand and on some pavement. During the first half of the race I listened to some great worship music and during the second half I switched over to a an upbeat club mix.
I absolutely LOVED this experience! It ended up being a lot easier than I had anticipated: I ran the whole way and I smiled throughout the entire race as well. Might sound strange but smiling while you run actually helps you run farther and faster according to the world class runners. Plus I think the smiling was in part due to the adrenaline and the fact that I just to proud, happy and accomplished just to be out there doing something I never really thought I could or would do!
Not sure when, but after this I am seriously considering doing a full marathon someday!