Race day was a blast. Well, sort of. The day started off a little rough. It was storming and pouring so the start was delayed and instead of starting at 7:15, I didn't cross the start line until 8:15.
Then, I ran through downtown Nashville. Nashville is just adorable. There was a lot to look at as we ran through Honky Tonk Central and Music Row. However, it was also super hilly. Around mile 11, the half marathon runners and the marathon runners split. This was interesting because we went from being part of about 40,000 runners to part of about 5,000 runners. It was nice to have the space, but it was also a little depressing because you know that they only have about 2 more miles and you have 15. Plus, as we watched our half friends run away towards their finnish, we had to run up a super long hill.
Hills. Those hills were rough and they were relentless. Seriously, there really wasn't a flat part of the course and as the mileage went up and up I got really tired. I had to walk a few times when the hills just were too much for me. Although the hills were a downer, a lot of the course was pretty cool. We got to run through a baseball stadium and get on the jumbotron! We also finished by Nissan Stadium which was pretty neat and we had to run downhill to get there. Also, the last part of the course was pretty and through a park. On top of all of this, the bands were pretty great and there was a lot of music along the course to keep us distracted.
I was bummed about walking, but I truly had a good time. It was fun to see so much of Nashville and to run with my training buddies from Chicago. We all finished and that was also great. I finished with a time of 4:49. This is 19 minutes slower than my previous time in Chicago, but considering the heat, humidity, and hills, I am actually pretty proud of this time. The medals were super cool, the shirts were adorable, and then I went and ate all the food. Nashville ended up being pretty great!