St. Augustine Half Marathon
A 5:30 a.m. wake up call. Coffee in the dark. Watching the sun slowly rise up to greet the day. Nervous energy boxed up, ready to be released. National Anthem blaring. Hands over hearts. Feet inching closer and closer to the start line. Bending down and checking your laces one last time.
The rush that envelops your entire body as you take off, step by step.
These are feelings each runner gets to know all over again, at every single start line.
These are feelings I will never grow tired of.
This time last week, I was “Revving up to Race in the Ancient City,” and eagerly awaiting my mom’s arrival in St. Augustine.
Though the St. Augustine Half Marathon Weekend has come and gone, it’s now time to relive the details and document them while they remain fresh. Recognizing it’s impossible to capture each and every moment, here’s my attempt at recapping this bright and beautiful, mother-daughter race weekend.
You know those people who display 13.1 stickers proudly on their back windshield? Well, I’m one of them.
Since the moment I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon back in 2010, I’ve recognized 13.1 as a magical distance. However, after running the Nashville Country Music Marathon (my first 26.2) in April of this year, I have to admit, I appreciate the half marathon distance that much more.
What’s so magical about 13.1?
As much as I am beyond thankful I completed a full 26.2, and certainly look forward to doing another in the future, there’s so much to love about the half.
13. 1 miles is long enough, but not so long you are totally spent when you cross the finish line. It’s demanding of training, but not so demanding you have to put other areas of your life on hold. It’s challenging, but not so challenging it takes days to recover.
As a supporter of and advocate for half marathons, I decided it’s time for me to do another one. And so, Sunday, November 16, I’ll be running the St. Augustine Half Marathon, which will be my sixth half marathon to date.
If you are in the market for a destination 5K, 10K, or half marathon this fall, here are a few reasons to consider this event.
13.1 TRAINING PLAN
Since the race is just a matter of weeks out, and now that I’m getting more settled into my St. Augustine homestead, training starts now! That said, I’ve crafted a 13.1 Training Plan I’m eager to share with anyone who is interested in completing a half marathon this fall (or at any point in the future).
The cat’s out of the bag. I’m moving across the state from the upside of Florida (Pensacola) to the other side of Florida (St. Augustine) in just three short weeks.
I began falling for St. Augustine (and one of its inhabitants) back in March during my spring break visit and have been back and forth across the state quite a few times since. And well, the rest is history.