A little about the race: The race started and ended at The Hangout in Orange Beach, AL. This was the first time the event organizer has added a half marathon run to the already very popular annual Sweetheart 5K they have every year. I paid $35 for this race, which is pretty low in raceland. I could tell it was the first half by how unorganized the race was. I guess it's hard to get enough volunteers for such a small race? The course map only had 3 water stations along the 13.1 mile route. Even if you aren't a runner, that's NOT ENOUGH water. I tend to only drink water 3-4 times along the race, but if I'm thirsty, I want to be able to count on water being around. I bought a running belt with add-on water attachments for when I run at home and I brought that with me for the race. I'm very glad I did. It was kind of like a safety net along the course. I normally drink water after mile 5, 8, 10, and sometimes the last water stop around 11 or 12. There was water at around 2, 7, 9, and one other mile I don't remember, so not terribly off my normal mileage. I sucked down my gatorade at mile 5 with my first ever GU (that stuff is weird by the way). After the race was the best part. FREE FOOD! I also got a pretty sweet medal.
Minutes after cross the finish line, probably looking like I just ran a half marathon.
My bib and medal.