Almost 1,600 of us converged on the streets of Evansville, Indiana, at 7amCST to run 13.1 miles. I finished in 2:03:31. Pleased with that.
Everything about this race was done very well.
- Packet pickup was easy to find and speedy. (We got buckets along with our goodie bags…still not sure why)
- Race parking was a breeze-plenty of it, and I unknowingly parked one block from the start line. Unheard of.
- The course was mostly flat-perfect for Floridians. It weaved nicely through neighborhoods and parks.
- The community presence was great. Very few areas weren’t covered with spectators, volunteers, first aid, or policemen.
- Plenty of encouragement and refreshments at the finish line. Shout out to the announcer for calling out “John Gregory from Bradenton, Florida” repeatedly until the crowd cheered.
- If I weren’t running again in the morning, I probably could have pushed to get under 2 hours. Good to know.
- My pace stayed pretty steady through 10M. 57-degree start had a lot to do with that.
- I surprised myself being able to pick up the pace the last half mile. Assimilating that on the treadmill pays off.
- Shout out to Holly and another young lady who unknowingly paced me from miles 9-11. Strong job, Ladies.
- State 13 done. On to 14 tomorrow. (Bucket list item: run a race in every state)