Last week I ran the 42 Annual Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon. This was my fourth half marathon, 3 in the last year. I enjoyed this one the most. I loved that it’s the only space themed race and that the expo was held at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. I was able to meet Olympian, author and founder of the Run Walk Run method, Jeff Galloway.
I also loved that the race organizers started a 5 year “Big Bang Series”. Each year for 5 years, the race medal will represent one of the 5 fully operational orbiter spaceships: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis. The Columbia and Challenger were destroyed in mission accidents. This year’s medal commemorated Columbia.
In my last race recap, I talked about getting up at 3:30am to drive to the race location. Well, for this race, we drove two hours the night before and spent the night in a host hotel…I still had to wake up at 3 am to catch the 4:15 shuttle to the starting line.
I was rocking my Black Girls Run! gear. BGR! is an organization that was formed in an effort to “tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners”. The popularity of the organization is so great that random women wanted to take pictures of and with me in my BGR! gear as a show of support.
Starting Line: The half marathon start was at 6 am and the marathon was at 6:30. The excitement was palpable. I loved that the countdown to the start was a video countdown of an actual rocket launch…complete with smoke and sound effect.
The course: The course was “fast and flat”, out and back. It had a wonderful coastal view the majority of the way. The weather was cool and overcast… perfect race day weather. I decided to do the Jeff Galloway Run Walk Run method by running for 30 seconds/walking 30 seconds. My summer training consisted of continuous running with minimal walk breaks. But a few weeks prior to this race I started to experience burn out and fatigue while running…so I switched to the Galloway method.
I felt great the first 8 miles. I was able keep a steady, consistent pace. By mile 9, I started to get tired and somewhat bored with the stop and go. My pace slowed and I had to fight the strong head wind on the way back. But as I approached the 13th mile, hearing the cheers. The energy was revitalizing. I abandoned the run-walk and ran the final half mile in. Even with waling half of the race, I managed to shave a full 9 minutes off my last half marathon time.
The post race amenities were great. Besides the beautiful bling pictured above, we received a nice beach towel, cold wet rag to cool us off, egg and pancake breakfast, pizza and lots of other good eats and fine treats.
I have two more races to close out 2013. December 21, I’ll be doing the Say No to Drugs 10K and Run the Connector 5K on the 28 to celebrate the opening of the new $420 million local transportation connector. I will not be doing race recaps on those .
- What are your exercise plans to wrap up the year?
- Have you ever visited the Kennedy Space Center?
- Ever heard of/ or tried Jeff Galloway’s Run Walk Run method?