Well, another Marathon in the quest for getting 12 in 12 months under my belt! Last Saturday APRIL 30th I ran “The Country Music Marathon” in the great city of Nashville Tenn.!! What a great town!!
From start to finish this marathon was nothing but fun, energetic and well-organized. The convention center was easy to get to and full of vendors with useful information, products and souvenirs for the big race. PR Protein Bars, Saucony shoes, Hippie Runner, and MGD, were among the many vendors helping us out. The biggest thrill was getting to meet The Biggest Loser participants Dan and Jackie Evans. They are incredibly nice people with lots of energy and inspiration for all. A great start to the weekend.
The race itself was easy for us to get to thanks to Uncle Jim and the secret squirrel directions that got us to the start line nice and early. Thanks Uncle Jim! This is where the big adventure began. Over 31,000 people running the ½ or full marathon! I will tell you that I was not very excited about running with this many people, but I ended up loving all the energy! I do recommend spending a little more money and getting the platinum parking package which includes, parking at LP Field, shuttle to the start, a huge tent with all the pre race food and drinks, and most importantly private potty’s! I know it doesn’t sound that great, but when you see 30,000 people waiting nervously in line for the same bathrooms, you will see how great it is.
The start was amazing. I was lucky enough to have been at the front two starting corrals. I was able to look back and see the sea of people waiting for the start. I knew somewhere my wife was waiting at corral #24 to run her first ½ marathon. It ended up taking her over 37 min. just to make it to the start line! But all went well, and we were off on one of the hardest courses I have ever run! The hills just kept on coming. But the people in the city were all out cheering us the whole way. The bands were great and the energy was high from start to finish! I was able to have my first beer during a marathon on mile 23! I have to say that it was one of the best beers I have ever had! The only bad part was that I still had two more hills before the finish! But I made it and ended up finishing in 3:23, 118th overall and 15th in my age group. Not too bad! I recommend this marathon to all that want a great experience with a great challenge. There is plenty of support from cheering fans to medical help, to hydration, and you will love the experience!
This one was extra special due to the fact that my wife ran her first ½ marathon and has caught the running bug. She will soon be planning her second. I also was able to help Alicia Figliola finish her first full marathon! What a great weekend of energy, emotion, goals met, and new goals set. And after some cleaning up and celebrating with family, we hit Broadway St. and were able to experience the thrills of the country music capital! Party on country music fans!
Now for the next big race, next Saturday. Yes, two marathons in 7 days. I will let you all know how that experience goes. Run on all….