Sunday, April 13, 2014

Half Marathons from the sidelines

Today was the Oshkosh Half Marathon.

I've done the half marathon twice and the 5K three or four times. But this year I didn't pin on a number. Instead, I watched from the sidelines and covered it for work.

The weekend didn't start out very promising. It poured all day on Saturday. As in 3 inches of rain that left some streets in Oshkosh flooded. And the forecast called for more heavy rain today. And while I know Mother Nature doesn't care (hello, remember the winter we had), I said a little prayer, asking for the rain to stop just for a few hours (ideally between 6 and 11 a.m.) today.

Mother Nature apparently listened. It was cloudy and cool, but there was no rain this morning. Actually, it was pretty perfect weather for running. Sadly, by the time I got my story and video done, the radar was starting to look pretty green and I knew there was no way I'd get all 8 miles I had to run done before the next downpour.

So I had to head over to the YMCA treadmill. It was definitely a rough run. I seriously wanted to quit after 3 miles. Then 4 miles. But I kept running and finally talked myself into gutting it out. I'm not going to lie. The last 2 miles were tough and there may have been a few short breaks, but the 8 miles got done.

Oh, and for anyone who cares, this is the story I wrote and the video I put together for the Oshkosh Half.

1 comment:

Carolina John said...

Great story and video! That does sound like a nice day to race.

by comparrison, Rock & Roll Raleigh was on Sunday with incredibly high pollen counts and 80* temps, so 2 half marathoners died (one within sight of the finish line). so if nobody died, let's call Oshkosh a good race.