Tuesday, February 18, 2014

13th Annual Mercedes Half Marathon, Birmingham

On this 13th Annual Mercedes Half Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 16, 2014, I had the opportunity to run my fifth (and only injury-free) half marathon and second running of this particular race (which I ran for the first time in 2011).

My favorite thing about the start of any race once all the runners have congregated in the chute, aside from the chest-thumpingly-loud music and the pre-race realization that you suddenly need to pee, is that it looks like a Skittles factory exploded. But that's really about the last opportunity to soak anything in for the next couple of hours.

My favorite thing during any race is the great lengths people go to to invest real creativity into clever sign-making. And my favorite thing about finishing is...finishing...and a huge post-race breakfast. This year, I placed 1044th among half-marathoners, which puts me in the top one-third, and about an 800 place improvement over my previous running - that's progress.

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