The 2016 Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon is now in the books, and what a great race it was! It marked my 13th 13.1-mile race and was also my debut as a pacer. As I shared before, I was very nervous but at the same time really excited to be the 2:30 pacer. It was my first time having this responsibility and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
During the two years that I’ve been living in Savannah a couple of marathons have gotten my attention, specifically the Charleston Marathon and Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon.
At the beginning of October I thought that maybe I could tackle the Marine Corps Marathon and another big race within three weeks. First I thought about doing a marathon in California since I was there with Bobby but then I realized that Charlotte was exactly 3 weeks later, which will give me an extra week to recover.
When I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon I was thinking I wanted to do it because it was the next big race for me to run in the U.S.A.
Living in Savannah where there’s a big military presence I’ve naturally became friends with a lot of people who serve this country and also with some army wives. I have a lot of respect for them because on my long runs I’ve gotten to know all the sacrifice their families go through so all of us can live in a free country.
Long story short, to me this marathon was a personal challenge but also a way to thank this people for what they do every day.
’ve only done one Half Ironman in my life, and that was Ironman 70.3 Miami in October 2012. When I finished it I thought I’d never do a long distance triathlon again and that I’d only focus on running, until 2014 when I changed my mind.
Last year I signed up for another Half Ironman distance triathlon (70.3 miles) and half way through the training I decided I was not going to do it. I always encourage everyone around here to never give up but, when my head was focused on the NYC Marathon, the time spent swimming and biking felt more like a task.
The inaugural Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K weekend quickly arrived and what a blast we had!
I’ve enjoyed every single part of the event from the moment I got involved with it. New Balance, one of the main sponsors, had an awesome presence throughout the whole process and treated us, ambassadors, like queens (yes, this means we got all sort of awesome gear!)
At the beginning of the year I went to Palmetto Bluff, SC to work with Bobby for a few hours. From the moment we drove into the neighborhood I was in love. Everything is so beautiful and green. There are lakes, beautiful homes, running trails, endless biking routes, a hotel and restaurants… “Why don’t we move here?” I asked. Yes, that’s how much I like it.
After admiring how beautiful that place is I remembered that there’s a half marathon there and I realized right away that I wanted to run it. The whole thing is that I’m training for an Ironman 70.3 so most of my weekends are dedicated to biking. I was already doing the Tybee Island Half Marathon and I’m doing the Publix Savannah Women’s Half so that’s two weekends where I’m not biking as much as I should.
It took me almost 2 weeks but here it is!
Five and ¾ days after running the NYC Marathon I ran the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Relay, which actually became a ½ marathon for me. This story doesn’t have a happy ending (spoiler alert!)…
This race recap is not going to be like previous ones, so I hope you enjoy it because this is going to be long and you’ll probably see a bunch of pictures of me 🙂
Since I moved to the U.S.A almost 5 years ago I wanted to run the NYC Marathon. I tried to sign up back in 2010 but it was too late, so I did Chicago and loved it! I loved it so much that as today I’ve finished 5 marathons in 4 states: Chicago, Savannah, Boston, Savannah and yes, NY!!!
I was very nervous this morning when I had to line up in the starting line of the YMCA Heart of Savannah 5K. For some reason on bigger races I don’t get nervous at all, but this smaller ones get on my nerves! Maybe is because I feel the pressure that I know I can do well and place on my age group? Or is it because I know that going faster than usual in shorter distances is totally going to wear me out?
Since last year, I’ve been looking forward to run this race. This is the 3rd edition of the Tunnel To Towers Run in Savannah and I haven’t had the opportunity to do it before because the first year I was living in Chicago and then last year we were traveling for work. Hearing all the stories from my fellow Savannah Striders just made me want to be a part of it!