Sunday April 17th I ran the Corvallis Half Marathon for the first time. It was a beautiful Oregon morning, almost too beautiful (hot) for a race! High 70's makes for a HOT run!
I arrived at Gill Coliseum early to meet up with friends, pick up my race bib and walk around the wellness expo. There were lots of booths to check out with plenty of fun drawings going on. Some of the booths I visited were: Running Princess
and many many more!
We soon headed out to the starting line. There were lots and lots of port-a-potties, so the lines were short. A nice bonus when racing! The OSU Band was playing and making the atmosphere fun.
|Great job OSU Band...super fun to see Jordan playing the flute|
We started promptly at 9:30
|Ready to race!|
I had decided ahead of time to run with my friend Olivia. Today she was running her very first half marathon and I wanted to stick with her!
The course was fairly flat but there was a couple small inclines with a couple small declines. It was a big loop. Check out the interactive map here.
There was lots and lots of volunteers out on the course giving us directions, cheering for us and handing out water. It was wonderful.
Around mile five, when heading into the Bald Hill Natural Area, two running friends came up behind Oliva and I. What a fun surprise to see Alyssa and Susan. All four of us ran together for many miles, talking about Boston, how horrible the heat was that morning. How great running is and how it brings us together. It was really a fun running the middle miles with these awesome women.
The miles became a little bit of a struggle due to the heat. Our pace had dropped but we were all still running strong. As we ran down
She stayed strong and soon we were at mile 13. I told Olivia her finish line was right there and she took off for a nice strong finish. It was beautiful!
Olivia was right, it was hot out!
A quick brag about Olivia.
"She was hospitalized back in 2009 and almost died. In 2012 she had cancer. After her cancer, she decides to reclaim her health. She lost 70 lbs and started exercising.
|Olivia's before and now photo!|
classes Fitness with Studio Fuego. She decided to train for a half marathon because it was hard, and she wanted to challenge herself."
Check out her before and after photo to the right!
After we crossed the finish line, we meet up with Olivia's family. A few tears were shed and then we went over to the nice finish area for some food and water. A journalist from the Democrat Herald came over and did a quick interview with Olivia. Check it out here.
There was a nice beer garden area but I decided to head home. I walked around Gill Coliseum to my car. It was a perfect cool down.
I really enjoyed running the Corvallis Half. I plan on running it again next year! I am hoping for cooler weather for 2017!
Read my Pre Race Preview for register information and more here.
|Fun to see Susan!|
|Katie, Lindsay and Sheila|
|My Soxy Feet ambassador and Corvallis Half Finisher.|
|Erica and Olivia finish their half marathon!|
Find me on facebook at ZaoFit. I would love to hear your story! Hope you can join me for next years Corvallis Half!