Monday, May 1, 2017

Cap City Half Marathon, camping with Summer, & storms today

It was a gloomy day Saturday.
LOTS of overnight rain, but it took a break about an hour before the start of the Cap City Half until 90 minutes into the race. I felt great! I was running a pace to beat my past Half PR Race by 14+ minutes. Then there was lightning. LOTS of it. The race was cut short for everyone.
I had some amazing support out there. This is my friend's son, Joey.  He had a HUGE smile on his face when I came running up to him to give him a high five.  When coming up High Street I knew there was one final cut-off where we would run across the Main Street bridge, then back over the Rich Street bridge that would total 0.8 miles... well the police were blocking that and they said the course was cut short.

If 12.3 miles was a race, then I PRed at that. Yay for soggy toes and thunder. I gave up caring about being dry after a while. The rain was moderate while running the end, but just after I got my gear at bag check it POURED! I was on pace to finish the Half in 1:47, and last fall I ran it in 2:01... so if I was able to finish, it would have been a HUGE improvement.  Oh well... It was a training run anyway for the Youngstown Full Marathon in 5 weeks.
So many people came out to cheer me and others on. It was an amazing run and when I got home I did another 5 miles in the pouring rain. I also parked far away to jog to the start since I’m supposed to do 18 miles for my Full training. I was sitting at 22 miles by Noon.
We went out to dinner and we smashed some pizza!  Summer loves playing with glasses, but rarely lets them stay on her face for more than a second.
I set up the tent when we got home and Summer and I camped out.  I was more excited for this than the run.
It was fun watching her face as she realized what we were doing.  She was looking and you could see a look on her face of excitement that we were sleeping in the backyard.  One spotty shower came through and no problem for the tent.
Some early scattered storms for your Monday with Eastern Ohio in the Slight Risk for some severe storms for the first half of the day.
The sun tries to break out some this afternoon then becoming mostly cloudy and spotty showers later today into tonight and Tuesday. Temperatures will be mild for the first half of the week and then cooler by next weekend. Another round of rain on Thursday and Friday. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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