On Sunday, November 13, 2011, I ran the Oak Mountain Trail Half Marathon in Birmingham, AL. The weather was warm and perfect, and the scenery quite nice. The race was hard!
Some sections of the trail were lovely. Others were full of rock formations that made it really difficult to keep a steady pace. Some even included signs on the trees warning “Danger Slow Down!” Seriously.
Once we got past the rock formations, we entered an area with these constant quickly rolling hills. That was easier at first, but got progressively harder until I was ready for those to end, too. The last mile included some really punishing inclines and declines, and I started to be OVER IT and just ready to be finished. Unfortunately, that’s when they made us circle the parking lot where all the people faster than me (and the ones that did the shorter races) were driving right in front of me and the finish line I couldn’t get to. Grrrrrrr.
I did finally finish, where I found my sweet parents waiting on me!
My dad was behind the camera. My mom brought me flowers and I burst into tears. My mom has been going through so much lately, and it meant the world to me that she made it there. The flowers didn’t make it in this picture, so here they are once I got home.
They didn’t give out pint glasses at this race, even though it was part of the same race series (And Paula, they didn’t put any beer in it before! What gives??). We did get a medal this time, though.
Overall, I was happy I did this race, even though my time was really slow. There were some seriously hardcore runners there that finished the course in unbelievable times! I was considering this race more of a long marathon training run, so I was mostly happy with the result. I finished 12.9 miles in 3:05, which comes out to 14:44/mile.
At least it was some good time spent on my feet!