Finished the Flying Pig Half Marathon in 3:27! If you haven’t checked your results…and why has it taken you this long? Go here!
The Pig was awesome this year. I feel like I say that every year, but it’s true every year.
First off, how can any day be bad when your morning looks like this?
Mom and I made our way to corral H, the blog isn’t called thelastcorral for nothing! We found a secret way to get to our corral. Okay maybe not really a secret, but it took us 10 years to figure it out!
Corral H had some beautiful scenery as well.
Before the race started there was a moment of silence followed by “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes. It was pretty touching.
Then before we started we saw not one, but two rainbows!
At 6:30 we were off…well corral’s A-F were off, we waited about 20 minutes to be off. Once we got started it was pretty smooth sailing. The one thing I know I need to work on are hills. We just don’t have that many in Virginia Beach, funny huh? I could definitely feel the hills in my thighs and hips, but that’s really my only complaint.
There was definitely a larger police presence this year, and that was okay. There was a police officer or State Trooper at every intersection and water stop. They were also peppered throughout busy/popular sections of town. I know my mom and I felt safe.
Here’s the numbers:
15.34 – number of miles completed that day, according to my mom’s iPod
1- missed handoff of water leading to one glass of water being spilled down my leg
6 - “Awwws” from other racers upon reading my mom and I’s t-shirts
3 (at least) – times someone said that, “It’s all downhill from here” when it really wasn’t.
15? – water stops. The volunteers (Grunt’s) are always awesome. There wouldn’t be a race without all the volunteers at water stops, at the Expo and at the finish line.
Uncountable – number of creative signs along the course. My favorites, “WTH! Why the Hills?”, “I’m a stranger, but I’m proud of you!”, “I like Pig Butts and I cannot lie.”, “If this were easy, I’d be doing it.”
2- Number of states we walked through
33,582 – number of participants for the entire weekend of events.
10 – number of years mom and I have walked this race. Yup, we’re pretty spectacular.
We ended the day, the best way possible
Another great Pig! Thanks to the race organizers, volunteers, spectators, and police. We couldn’t have done it without you!