Friday, December 27, 2013

Kiawah Island Half-Marathon 2013

December 14, 2013

Thomas, my brother-and-law, came to pick me up bright and early at 5:45 to carpool to Kiawah.  Unfortunately, I slept through all my alarms, but fortunately Thomas was there to wake me up or I probably would have slept through the race.  Luckily, we made it to the race with plenty of time to spare.  We took a bus to the start from a parking lot since there is not enough parking on the race itself.  We met some very nice marathoners who we had a conversation with.  This was slightly intimidating too- he wanted to run a very fast marathon- all I wanted to do was run a sub-2:00 half-marathon.  Oh well.  He was nice.  As most runners are.

At the start.
We got to the start.  I lined up with the 9 minute mile pacer.  The first two miles clocked in at an 8'30" pace.  Waaayyyyy to fast.  I double checked the sign- 9' mile pace.  So I slooooweeed waaayyyy down.  Sooooo much energy wasted.  Boo.  Boo.   I was able to maintain my pace for the next few miles, but by mile 8 I was all done.  The last 5 miles were rough.

The course was gorgeous!!
Training for this was a bust.  Sleep got chosen a lot of times over training.  My long runs were better than normal, but overall training was worse.  Disappointing race for sure, but the course, volunteers, and employees of the resort were awesome!!  The aid stations were well stocked and well organized.  The food afterwards was delicious and everything about the race was well done.  No complaints.  My time was disappointing, but I really enjoyed the race.

Mile 13- Almost Done!!!

 I am so excited for a fresh start in the new year.  I will have a year recap and future goals post soon.


  1. I ran this race, too! :) It was BEAUTIFUL and a fun race! I also loved the flat course - it helped me PR by 6 minutes. :) I also went out too fast and felt exhausted around mile 8. I'm used to training in a cooler climate (TN), so I felt rough from heat and dehydration. :( I dragged myself through the last three miles. I agree the race was well organized, and everyone there was great. The food was fabulous too! Congrats on completing the most important goals - finishing and having fun! :)

    1. I saw that you were running one in December and I wondered if this was it! It is so funny about what people think about weather depending on where you are from- I was happy it was a semi-cool morning (for Charleson, but kind of warm for December), but if you were to put me in a race where it was 40 I would have been freeeezzzziiiinnnngg!! Congrats on your race!!

  2. We go to Seabrook Island every year. I'm considering adding this to my race 2014 calendar. Will you run it again?

    1. I have already registered!! It was an absolutely fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone!