This is the Bayou part of the race. As you can tell, it was overcast at the start of the run and it remained that way all day long. It was cold too!
Here I am just before the start of the race. The above-mentioned friend's husband took this picture of me. We have more photos of us together, but they are gubmint and I don't think they need to have their photos splashed all over the internet. This purple jacket is going to be a permanent fixture in my running wardrobe if it doesn't warm up sometime soon. It was a great $14 splurge at Target. :)
We ran over the Destin bridge and across to Okaloosa Island on the bay side. The boardwalk is on the Gulf of Mexico side. I stopped to take a few pictures along the way. Whatever. It's my run. I do what I want!
Florida does too have mountains! I wish it wasn't so overcast and dreary because those sand dunes really are snow white.
Gulf of Mexico. Cold cold Gulf of Mexico.
Here I am a couple minutes after finishing. I look remarkably the same. It doesn't even look like my hair moved. I know this is the end because I have a finisher's medal. See?
I'm starting a collection. It's pretty much the greatest thing ever.
I finished in 2:34 this time, which is a full 15 minutes faster than my last race time. I guess running people call that a personal record? I'm having a hard time calling myself a runner. Emily (the friend) said to me during the run that she found it hard to believe that I was never a runner because I'm That Fit Girl--the person people look to for guidance in kickboxing and tips on proper form and similar stuff. I told Emily that I'm not a runner because I hate running. She gave me the side-eye and said, "you realize you're running, right?" I know, Em, I'm a running contradiction.
And with that, my next half marathon is February 15th.