I have never run a race on my birthday before, so when I noticed that the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon was the exact same day as my 35th birthday I knew I had to go for it. I have always loved the city of Savannah – I played rugby there a lot in my younger days, and it is only an hour and a half drive, so it is not hard for me to get to.
I had never run the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, and honestly had not heard too much about it. However, I was excited because it was going to be my first all women’s race (side note: I did run by a handful of guys, but it was really a ladies race) and the city of Savannah is beautiful, and happily flat.
Registering for the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon also provided a bit of motivation for me to get up and moving in spite of my hormonal and hypothyroidism issues. I will admit my training was not too hot. I only got in a 6 mile and 8 mile long run before I missed my two peak weeks of training with shingles. So, by the time the race rolled around I had only exercised once in about 3 weeks. Boo shingles.
However, I drove down to Savannah ready to have fun and not worry about my time, or the race for that matter, at all – it was all about fun. The expo wasn’t anything to write home about. It was very small. Pretty much get in, get your bib, and get out. However, they did have faux Alex and Ani looking bracelets instead of race tees. I really liked this touch because I have about a million race tees already, but I can actually wear the race bangle with my Alex and Ani sets.
Race morning we woke up to AMAZING weather. It had been 80 the weekend before, but luckily it had cooled way down and was only in the 40s (fabulously cool for April) as I walked to the race start with an old throw away hoodie. By the time the race started at 7:30 the sun was up and it was about 50 degrees, it rose to almost 60 while we were all running – Great weather for an April race.
I will tell you off the bat the race was my slowest (non-trail) half ever in 2:35:27.
However, none of that mattered because I had the stinking best day! On top of the perfect weather, the course was pancake flat, my absolute favorite, and wound through numerous pretty squares in historic Savannah. I refused to let myself get caught up in time and worrying about pace, heck most of the time my watch was flipped over so I could not see it. I just kept reminding myself to take in the beauty of the old buildings, the gorgeous squares, and the draping oak trees.
Between all the positives that the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon had going for it:
– Perfect weather
– Flat course
– Amazing scenery
– Easy to get to and from
– Spring date (Kiawah, Charleston, and RnR Savannah are all fall/winter)
I feel as though this race will probably be appearing on my calendar more often now that I have discovered it.
Let me know –
Have you ever run a birthday race?
Have you visited Savannah before?