We headed down Friday morning to get to the race expo before we set up camp (that's right, we tented it) and our friends and family joined us.
Saturday morning came early. I felt like I didn't get any sleep but once the hubby and me arrived at the start line I felt ready and excited! It was a gorgeous morning, the weather was perfect and the course had some beautiful scenery.
During the run I felt great the entire time. At mile marker 6 my time was at 54minutes which was looking like I may even get a PR on this hilly course. Miles 9-12 were ALL hills it seemed like. I had to walk up a few of them which slowed me down ALOT. I tried to keep my pace fast while going down hills and the short distances where is was flatter. They still slowed me down a lot. I was able to meet the sweetest 11yr old girl who was running her 2nd Half Marathon. We chatted during the run and even took pictures together after the race.
My official time was 2:04:58 and I couldn't be happier with myself. This course was a tough course (check out that 460ft hill climb), and the Finisher Medal is AHH-mazzzing. I believe it is my best one yet!!
After the Half Marathon all of use went out for breakfast, showered, and then headed to Cades Cove to look for wildlife and hike the Abrams Falls Trail. This trail is 5 mile round trip and you make it up to a beautiful Waterfall.
Now, to see if I can squeeze in Half Marathon #6 before the winter gets here!!