Sunday, March 11, 2018
It turned out to be a great day to run the Celebrate Life Half Marathon - plenty of sun (a commodity that's been scare these last few weeks)! And, except for the occasional wind gusts, it wasn't that cold (notwithstanding the snow covered course) :D
I haven't run this race in a while because for the last couple of years I managed to get into the NYC Half. But Celebrate Life is definitely worth the drive up to Rock Hill - not just for the challenging course, but for the post-race Outback Steakhouse... Steak! Yes, this is the only event (ultras included) where you can have an honest to goodness steak (chicken for those red-meat adverse) as part of your post-race meal!
As for the race itself, I had a sub-1:50 time goal (given that my legs were still a bit worn out from the Caumsett 50K last weekend). That may have been something of a soft target because I ran a pretty solid 1:47:42, 8:14 pace, without any speed to speak of, over those miles. In fact, it was a significant improvement over my last CL finish (1:51:59 back in 2013)! So I was doubly pleased :D
The best part, however, was the post-race socializing!
Here are the official race results from Active.com.