I ran the Governor’s Cup Half Marathon in Columbia this past weekend. It’s taken me a little while to process my feelings about the race but, after letting the dust settle a little, I think I’m ready to recap the 13.1 mile event.
The event includes a half marathon, a 5k and a fun run. There was also the Main Street Mile event that was held the previous evening.
I went into the half marathon with an A goal of finishing in 2:15, a B goal of finishing under 2:24 which would be a PR and a C goal of not dying and getting to the finish line.
Unfortunately, my A goal didn’t happen but I did PR with a finish time of just over 2:17. The course was hilly and I walked much more than I would have liked to. But, I finished and that’s an accomplishment in itself.
The morning started with an early wake up of about 5:00 am. My family was not pleased with the early start but got ready to cheer me on anyway. Big G was so excited to see me race. Seeing the look of anticipation on his face was all the motivation I needed to get psyched for the race myself.
Pre race photo.
The 7:00 am start of the race was impressive as it faced the SC State House as the sun was shining over Columbia. I focused a lot on hydration the week before the race and was feeling great. The first 3 miles wound through the streets of Columbia. They didn’t exactly fly by but I was still feeling great when I hit mile 4. Miles 4 through 7 were mostly contained across the Congaree River in Cayce. My husband and I lived in Cayce many years ago so the streets were part of my old training route. It was nice to see some of the old, familiar places I used to run. I’m not gonna lie, though. I was starting to feel the miles at that point.
Then there was Blossom Street and the first time I had to walk during the race. The hill was tough so I took the opportunity to text my husband a picture of the huge spray of water that was being rained down on runners from a fire truck hose. It was pretty cool. I didn’t run through the water though I kind of wish I had.
The next 3 or 4 or maybe all the miles were very tough. The huge hill in Shandon did me in. I seriously considered calling my husband to come pick me up in 5 Points. Thankfully, I resisted the temptation to sit down by the fountain and wait for him to rescue me. I made it to mile 12 and, despite another big hill that I had to walk up, I decided that there was no turning back. The last mile near USC campus actually flew by and before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line.
The best and most adorable part is that my kids went crazy when they saw me approaching the finish. They jumped and clapped and cheered. It was totally worth the 2+ hours of effort to see them get caught up in the excitement at the finish line. Big G talked about all the “really fast” runners that he got to see. Of course, when I asked him if Mommy is fast, he said “Ummmm…I guess”. Thanks a lot, kid! Even though I’m really not fast, I’ll keep on running for my sake and for my family’s sake. Modeling healthy habits while keeping myself fit is a win win!
I had a great time running the Governor’s Cup Half Marathon and can’t wait until my next race.
Did anyone else run in this race this past weekend or in past years? What are your thoughts?