My Quest to 50 +1
15 Down 35 More to Go
Charleston, West Virgin
April 7, 2018
Earlier this month I completed my 27th Half Marathon and my 15th state toward my Quest to 50. I haven’t ran in a couple of years and my last half was April 2017. The last 2 years I was focusing on triathlon training, the sport can be very expensive and the training is a lot more than just running.
Day before the Race
Drove down to West Virginia with 2 friends that also have a goal of running 50 states, it was a long 8 plus hour drive. When we finally arrived to Charleston we went straight to the University that was hosting the race to pick up our race packet, the weather was really nice and after we went to get some dinner. We ended up at a place called Burrito and Brews, not my first choice to have Mexican food a day before the race but there weren’t a lot of options. I wasn’t a fan of my dish but everyone else liked their dish, guess I’m just very picky when it comes to food lol. After our meal we went to check in to our hotel to only find out we were booted to another hotel across the street. After we had settled in, we prepared our gear for race morning and relaxed.
Race morning we woke up and it was 30 degrees and flurries out, when you sign up for a race down south you would think the weather would be somewhat warm. We arrived at the start line with about 10 minutes to spare. At the start of the race I ran with my 2 friends for about a mile, after feeling good I decided let me push the pace and run ahead and try and make good time. After half way through the race I thought to myself I should have stood with the girls, the course was very residential, I ran by myself for a while and it was very boring, running through the same area about 3 times. Although mostly flat I could have pushed for PR but kind of gave up once I knew I wouldn’t beat my time so took it easy after that instead of giving it all I have, which I definitely had more to give. I think if I would have pushed more I could have come in 3rd place in my age group which was kind of a bummer also after realizing that so came in 7th. Lately I have been struggling mentally in my races which I am working on, it’s been about 3 years since my best half marathon. I know concentrating on my triathlons I have focused more on that then although I do feel like I have gotten faster. Overall I think it’s more of a mental struggle then physical and I need to get over that hump.
I watched the girls cross the finish line and then we went to enjoy the post-race festivities which included a live music and yummy food after, we even tried maple syrup cotton candy which was interesting.
We then went back to the hotel showered and wanted to head out to check out the town. We went and found a market which was actually an old train station to walk around and then went to the Capitol building where they had a museum but we got there 15 minutes before closing.
Day after Race
We are now heading back home but not before we have a good hearty breakfast before the long drive back. I found this place called First Watch which was delicious, was hoping to try local WV food but found out this is actually a chain restaurant. I had a bowl with potatoes, eggs, chicken, chorizo and chimichurri sauce yum, this was the best thing I ate the whole weekend oh and let’s not forget a side of biscuits with gravy.
I completed my 15th state and hoping to do a few more this year if finances work out. My next state is Seattle, WA but may have to cancel due to finances but we shall see.
Until next time Happy Swim, Bike, Run, Box, Hike!!