After making the decision to opt-out of another full marathon for the year, The Showdown would be the first of four half marathons over the next 8 weeks. Or what I'm calling, The Half Marathon Extravaganza. Since it was going to be the first, and the most challenging course, I decided to approach this race with a laid back approach. No time goals, no expectations, just looking to finish and have some fun along the way! Kind of a "practice run" if you will. Saturday morning we woke up to a temperature of 74 degrees, 95% humidity and a dew point of 71. So that pretty much says, it's going to feel like running through soup today - embrace the suck. More so than ever I was telling myself "today is just about having fun, today is just about having fun...."
As always, The Active Joe races go off without a hitch. The starting area was cool calm and collected, I got to chat with a few our fellow NTX Runner friends, and made the usual visit(s) through the port-o-potty line. Speaking of, how do you know the race director is actually a well seasoned runner themselves? They tape off arrows to indicate which port-o-potties belong to which lines. Brilliant! I'm just waiting for the day at one of my other races (that aren't so organized) where a full blown riot breaks out over the smuck who goes into the port-o-potty that "wasn't for his/her line". People are rude. Especially when they have to pee. So if you're new to racing, don't be that guy. Karma will find you, and it will likely find you on the course when you desperately need a potty, and there's not one for another mile or so. Karma karma karma.
|Brandon and I before the race aka Honeybadger and LovePepper (you probably shouldn't Google that at work)|
|Apparently something to my left had my attention....which I'm thankful for because typical race photos make me look like I have a confused look on my face: "Why am I doing this? >sees finish line< "Ok, now I remember"|
The course is hard, for two years now the weather hasn't cooperated, but I'll be back next year. It wouldn't be fun if it was always easy :)