I suffer from race amnesia. It’s similar to how a new mother forgets about the pain of childbirth the moment she looks into the eyes of her beautiful new born baby. The minute I feel the weight of the shiny medal around my neck, I completely forget about the pain of the race.
Asheville is a beautiful city to have a run. The weather started off cool and foggy at the 7:00 a.m. start. The weather quickly warmed up as the sun rose over the hills. As we lined up to start, the announcer stated, “Jogging strollers are strictly prohibited because they pose a danger for everyone on the course.” However, I did see a few jogging strollers and they were not asked to leave. They did not state that jogging strollers were not permitted on their website, so I was a bit taken aback by their statement.
We started off in the beautiful downtown area of Asheville. We ran past cute antique shops, a brightly colored Mellow Mushroom and tons of bars. The first six miles was steadily up a mountain, until we reached AB Tech. Then, we descended down the mountain. I was ecstatic when we reached flat land and miles six through ten were fairly flat. . I was super excited when we ran past Jonas Gerard Fine Art not only because he designed the art work for the Asheville Half Marathon, but I was able to meet Jonas Gerard at the Race Expo and he signed my poster and shirt! We ran through Asheville’s River Arts District, which offered great views of artist studios. About every two miles there was a local musician, which offered a great local flavor and entertainment. However, around mile 10 we hit Lookout Road, which was a steep incline. I never walk during marathons, but I had to walk up Lookout Road. I started a slow and steady jog, and from miles 10 to 13, we steadily climbed up hill. I run with a CamelBak Hydration Pack filled with PowerAde Zero. I steadily sip the PowerAde and slowly eat a Gu Energy gel throughout the race, however I ran out of PowerAde at mile 11. I made the unfortunate mistake of switching to water at the water station at mile 11 and greatly regretted it. The water sat on top of my stomach and sloshed the last two miles. By the time we reached mile 13, I was dying. The last .1 mile felt like the entire half marathon. My mouth began to water and I felt the vomit rising in my throat as I neared the finish line. I crossed over, graciously accepted my medal and promptly threw up on the side of the road. An angel appeared from no where, and calmly put her hand on my back and comforted me as I tossed my cookies. She asked me if I needed anything and stayed with me until I was feeling well enough to stand up. It’s women like this that restore my faith in humanity! I wish I knew her name or could tell her how much it meant to me that she stayed by my side…but if she’s out there and happens to read this post….Thank you!
Post-race they had a party with free beer for all race participants. They had a few post-race snacks, bananas, bagels and juice. There was a concert and a wide open area that was friendly for kids to run and play. The expo was friendly for kids, and there was even a vendor that gave my daughter a free magazine full of games and puzzles. My daughter loved going to the expo with me and meeting Jonas Geard, sampling the chocolate protein shake and getting a free Cooper River Run race bag.
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