This is my second half marathon and it was a beautiful course. Tucked back in the woods of Georgia, Berry College is comprised of buildings from two centuries ago all large enough to be capitol buildings and some as elegant. Complete with huge manicured lawns and ponds the course was all on the campus.
When we arrived the weather was bitter. At seven when we were picking up our packets it was 27 degrees. In just a tshirt and shorts it was numbing.
After a few miles I warmed up once I started sweating. Out in the fields we saw large herds of deer. They must not be hunted on campus because they seamed tame watching us run by on the road. It was a hilly course that involved a couple of miles on a gravel road so my mile splits varied a bit.
Kyle and I ran the half marathon while our other friend Jewitt ran the 10K. About three miles in the 10K veered off to the left to run back to the start on a biking path. The half came back down that path, it just entered the path where it originated up the road a bit instead of through the trees. That section on that path was one of the worst since you could see for a good three miles ahead, didn't ever seam like it would end. I kept my pace up by just looking at the ground in front of me and watching my watch.
My times were as follows:
Overall time: 1.32.43 (7.05 pace)
Previous: 1.39.02 (7.35 pace)
In the men's bracket I was 23rd out of 290 that finished, 5th in my age group.
Kyle(13.1mi) overall: 1hr 54min (8.46 pace)
Jewitt(10K) overall: 53min (8.33 pace)
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Posted by Tyler Weaver at 5:01 PM