When it comes to any race, competition, meet, etc., people can be very superstitious (perhaps rigid) when it comes to their pre-event meal. Many preach about carb-loading the night before, so that your body will have plenty of energy stored and ready to use. I
can be pretty superstitious myself, and I was almost regretting the three bowls of Amy’s Ice Creams Chocoberry flavor I had the night before running the Austin Half, for the same reasons dedicated racers would tell you. But, seeing that this half marathon, my third one ever, was my best one yet, eating Amy’s the night before might just be my new tradition!
Running the Austin Half Marathon was such an
incredible experience. I love the feeling of being surrounded by literally thousands of others who all share the same passion and excitement as you do—I guess that’s why they call it a runner’s high! Even if you aren’t a
“runner,” you can still participate and share the same feeling, whether you run the 5K, the half, the full, or you just volunteer and support participants. This year, there were over 17,000 race participants, from all walks of life, representing all 50 states and 35 countries. How cool is that?!
The course was definitely more challenging than I anticipated, with the majority of it being uphill, but it was so worth it. There’s nothing better than that feeling when you cross the finish line and having random strangers cheering you on at literally every single block along the way. Some people don’t even have any affiliation with the event, let alone running in and of itself, yet they are still out on the course holding up signs and yelling your name as you run by. I love reading the clever signs people hold up and seeing how much fun they are having watching and cheering; it really is a great distraction. Especially on Mile 12, going up the largest hill on the course. You can’t give up when people are cheering you on! (For reference: the hill I’m talking about is on 15th Street going over Lamar, if you live in the area. The first time I drove down it I got butterflies because it was so steep, so just imagine running up it!) And of course, it wouldn’t be an Austin event without live music! Every few miles there was some type of band or musical group playing music for you, and there was live music at the finish line, which happened to be at the Capitol, my favorite building. If you think that is fun, check out our finisher’s medal, which doubles as a belt buckle! #ClassicAustin
So, you have one year to start training and sike yourself up for 2019…you know I’ll be there! #RunAustin 2018 was my best race yet and I can’t wait for next year. Well, maybe I can…these muscles don’t recover over night!