This is only the 3rd year they’ve held the Norfolk Harbor race series in downtown Norfolk (formerly called Harbor Lights). I did the half marathon 2 years ago, and the 5k last year.
I opted for race-day pickup. It was quick and efficient. The shirts fit much better than the Wicked shirts from a few weeks ago!
Race Day Conditions/Attire
It was about 40 degrees at the start. It was going to warm up to 70 during the day, but I knew that the wind would make me want long sleeves.
I opted for capris, a tank top, long sleeved shirt over, and my go-to hat.
Since I did race day pickup, I just stayed at the building until about 20 minutes before the start when I headed outside. There was a lot of great people watching.
I was in corral 3 of 5, and I positioned myself toward the back, because I knew I planned to mostly walk with a little bit of running mixed in. We got off fairly quickly. The first half was pretty uneventful, a little walking and running all mixed together. I saw a runner fall on one of the areas with cobblestones. She did a somersault! There was a volunteer right there that scooped her up and helped her out. She seemed ok, probably just a little embarrassed.
Michael went to a Starbucks to sit while I ran. I actually saw him sitting in there and I waved at him as a ran by!
The second half seemed to go pretty slow. I thought I knew where we were in the city, but with all the turns, I was a bit turned around. I saw where we were at mile 2 and couldn’t believe we had a whole mile to go.
I finished in 47:12 at 3:07 miles. I guess I ran the tangents really well?
It was a beautiful day for an after party. I got my beer and snacks and walked around a bit with Michael. We had some plans for the day, so we didn’t stay long, but it was a nice time.
Great weather for this race! I really enjoyed it! This is one of my favorites, and its part two of the Triple Jog challenge (Wicked was the first, and Surf N Santa is the last).
Have you every run a race that had cobblestones on the course? Do you think the course I ran was short, or is it possible that I just ran the tangents REALLY well? 🙂