What a tease! Turns out, there were no wrestling matches with Thor. Although the sun never made its appearance, it never rained (not for me anyways). It was a cloudy foggy morning with a cool damp bite to the air. The gusty winds were pretty strong at times and made the run challenging, but I would take this weather over the heat and humidity any day.
I was really looking forward to running with my Team in Training folks for this race. We met up at Ft. Pulaski and walked over to the mass gathering of runners. I love and crave the excitement in the air on race day. I love seeing all the familiar faces and catching up with my fellow runner friends. Everyone is so encouraging. I even ran into an old band mate that I hadn't seen in a while!
This year, I was better trained and ran with friends. It made the run much more enjoyable. We all fed off each other's energy and offered support. The course changed from last year due to the severe erosion of the trail - which is the reason for this race. The proceeds benefit restoring the McQueens Island Trail. Even though we didn't get to run that much on the actual McQueens Island trail, I didn't mind the course change at all. We ran a 5.2-mile loop on grass, pavement, and oyster bed trail three times for the 25K.
We're so spoiled by the beautiful scenery in Savannah. Even with the dreary weather, the sights were gorgeous. Once the fog dissipated, the views of the marshes and the historic fort made for a beautiful run. I even saw a dolphin as we crossed the bridge! I'm pretty sure he was cheering us on!
I have to say I felt strong running this one - a major improvement from last year! I didn't feel any aches or pains and didn't feel beat at all. I shaved off 9 minutes from last year's time. All in all, I felt better physically and mentally. My Garmin clocked it at 15.9 miles at 2:40:34.
Kudos to the race organizers for putting on a successful race once again! There were all kinds of obstacles in putting this race together - from the altered course and unexpected fees to the weather threat. I'd like to commend all of the volunteers also. They did a wonderful job taking care of us - making sure we were hydrated and fueled and offering moral support along the way. I'm looking forward to next year's race!