Humbled (and happy).

Mission accomplished.

Me, Jason & David post-race.

(pic from David @ Running Because)

The Blue Ridge Marathon‘s 1/2 , for me, just went down in the books as one of my favorite race events, ever. Everything, from the enthusiastic volunteers, organization, GORGEOUS course and pretty snazzy swag was worth every penny – okay, well, I won a free entry, but even if I did pay, it’d be more than worth it! πŸ˜‰

So first things first: finish time –2:03:44.Β 

One minute faster than my first (WDW Half Marathon, 2011) – 15 minutes slower than my current PR (Princess Half, 2012) and I could not be happier. Serious! And for a few reasons…

  1. I wanted to run the raceΒ – y’know, NOT race it!
  2. I enjoyed EVERY LAST MOMENT. Yes, even the 700 foot climb.
  3. I was able to test out new gear – I know, never use anything new for a race. But since I wasn’t racing, I broke the rules a little and tried new things -includingΒ the awesome handheld I won from Meg & my new Oiselle Distance shortsΒ – to great results! And though they weren’t BRAND new, this was my first race that I ran in my new Mizuno WR 15’s ❀
  4. I know, cheesy, but this is called America’s Toughest Road Marathon – sure, I did the half, but hey, I think that should mean I am 1/2 way super tough!
Feelin' great post-race!

So, here’s some stats on the run….get ready for some crazy! (1,107 feet of elevation gain)

Why hello, 700 foot climb!

To say that this race is hilly is a BIT of an understatement. Okay, well, I guess the later miles have a little bit-o-hills but the beginning is downright mountainous. So, I did the conservative (and oh-so-un-Krissy-like) thing and walked those suckers. Yup, it’s evident…splits DON’T lie…

Yeah, serious! Have you ever seen splits like this? Haha…I couldn’t believe it myself. But, you know what, it made for a very enjoyable race – see, people were passing me LEFT and RIGHT those two double-digit miles!! I let it go, even smiled and waved. Then, the downhill, I kept it even but in control because it was SOOOO fun flying down the mountain – wheeeeeeeeeee – but I knew my legs would NOT be happy if I opened it up to as fast as my legs could carry me. The Garmin was GREAT because once that mountain portion was over, I kept checking to get in as close to 60-90 seconds over MP as possible until the last mile because I had that fuel to burn at the end. It was AMAZING to pass TONS of people on that last stretch πŸ˜‰ It was just enough to satisfy my ‘race’ appetite!

My only regret in this race was that I didn’t bring a camera to run with. I thought my hands would be too full, but WOW, this course is gorgeous. So much green! And, I don’t know if YOU knew this, but Roanoke is called “The Star City” because of THIS beauty….

Mill Mountain Star.


So after the race …post-shower + bite to eat (post on our lunch later, it was GOOD!) hubs and I drove that first part of the course to take a few pics! Redemption! πŸ™‚

I'm a dork.

So yeah, funny story – in the race, we ran RIGHT BY where I am standing/posing in the above pic. However, it was an aid station before the downhill and I DID NOT EVEN NOTICE that I ran by this GIGANTIC star. Yeah. Don’t try to make me feel better and say it’s not that big, cos, well….

"World's Largest Man-made Star." Truth.

Back to the race though – it was amazing. If you ever get the chance to run this event – RUN, don’t walk – wait, yeah, you can walk a little if you need to πŸ˜‰ – right on down to Roanoke, VA. You won’t regret it!

What is your favorite road race?

27 thoughts on “Humbled (and happy).

    • Since you’re the sweat engine, you should run this race then! πŸ˜‰ check out the profile for the FULL! OMG….

  1. I recently began subscribing to your blog, and you are such an inspiration to me! I am running my first 5K tomorrow and I’m very nervous and excited! Your success and positivity are so encouraging!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! You’re going to do great at your 5K! πŸ˜€ Let me know if you ever want me to feature any particular topics in the blog, I’d be glad to help in any way I can πŸ™‚

  2. Holy elevation chart!! I didn’t grasp the significance of “America’s Toughest Road Race” until I saw that pic you shared. Great job!!

    • Thanks so much! It was a really great race! The marathon was even more mountain-y….the winner of the marathon took 3 hours, if that’s any indication of toughness!!!

  3. That is one large and in charge hill. I love your attitude and one of these days I will be as wise as you and do the same (I have been saying I want to run a race in a Zen state of mind for years) I will get there! Your time is amazing, you are such a talented runner Krissy.

  4. ummm….i hope you were singing Miley’s “It’s the climb….” as you were going up the hill! πŸ™‚

    • Hahah! Best comment, ever. Ironically, when I hit that home stretch near the finish, my iPod started playing New Found Glory’s “Coming Home” which was kind of neat!!

  5. Sounds like a fun day! There is a mini-mountain near my house that I run occasionally. It’s about 2/3rds of a mile with nothing but up and up and up. I think my dog thought I was never going to make it to the top yesterday. He kept looking back to make sure I was still coming!

  6. Awesome recap – the splits and elevation for this race are so cool. You did an awesome job of closing off the race strong, much better than what I was pulling out!

    It was great to meet you in person, and I’m so glad you won from my blog, ran it, and instantly fell in love with it. Thank you for tapping me on my shoulder at the beginning. It was fun running that first mile with you!

    I hope you’ll be back next year. Also, I’m glad you found your way to the star. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks again, David! It was a great experience! It was fun starting the race out with you and HAH yes, I am glad we found the star! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m a new reader and I just wanted to say amazing! Even for a fun race those are some great stats and you really sound like you enjoyed it, which is the best part! πŸ™‚

    I love any road race along the ocean. It’s the one type of scenary that really distracts me and gets me into a running zone!

  8. What a wonderful recap Krissy! You captured the run quite well. We hope to see you again next year (April 20, 2013).

    Pete Eshelman
    Chair, Blue Ridge Marathon

    • Thanks for stopping by, Pete! I will recommend this race to everyone πŸ˜€ If we’re still in the area next year I’d love to run it again!

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