The Cherry Point Marine Half Marathon will be one of the most cherished race events that I am sure to have. Not only did my son and I start side by side but we ran every single mile together!!
Kenny and I before the race FREEZING.
We arrived for check-in and was welcomed by 36 degree temps that felt more like 30 degrees and 14 mph winds. IT WAS COLD! At this moment I felt as if reclaiming the household record from Scott might not happen. The wind would be a big factor in the race times. Since this race caps at 150 runners the field was rather small. For the first 6 miles of the event we were surrounded by large areas of Pine Trees. My plan was to start the first 2 miles a bit slower to warm up and then settle into a steady pace. Things never goes as you plan and after I realized that our pace was faster than the plan I then decided to just go with it since I really felt great and I knew the second half would offer no protection from the wind. At every station Kenny would mirror everything I did. If I grabbed water he did. When I inhaled a gu he did. The plan was working perfectly.
This is where we realized that we could take the household record :)
The second half was more of a challenge. The winds just would not let up! At the last out and back turn around we hit some nasty sections of wind gusts that felt as if we were running in place. This became Kenny’s wall and this is the moment where a choice was made to PUSH THROUGH IT. I cannot express how proud I was of him! It was a hard push and he stuck right with me!
Coming into the finish!
We finished side by side. 1:56:58! It was perfect! Now I am one to normally not stick around for the awards ceremonies but I had a feeling that maybe just maybe I had placed. To my surprise BOTH Kenny and I placed 2nd in our age groups!!!! Unreal! What a perfect race and a perfect day!
How is this for some race bling :)
Over lunch I asked him if he would ever run another and he quickly said NO. I told him that is what everyone says until they toe the line again. :))))