This was the 22nd Lake Benbrook Half Marathon & 5K. 22nd...who knew? I've run in the area for 18 years or more. How have I missed this race? Sadly, my wife must be correct. When she says..."the girls and I leave for Florida on Thursday..." I say.."Florida? What's in Florida? It would be nice if you gave me a little warning." Her oh so familiar reply..."I told you this a dozen times." So, maybe I've heard of this race before...just didn't register.
The weather was almost downright nasty. This photo is from Weatherbug shortly before the start.
I'm a pansy so I stayed in the car until the last minute. Actually, I had the race panic of..."oh man, I missed the start." As I left my car I didn't see a single person. Fortunately, I got there in time to hear the gun and off we went. Next amateur mistake was when I looked around and saw only yellow bibs (5k). 'Maybe I missed the Half start?' I was finally relieved when I saw the course split ahead (5k left/Half right) and knew that this race must have started everyone together.
Ok, time to get in a groove and check back into reality in a few hours. Then...right as we were approaching the first mile marker I saw a few people running back toward me. 'Geeze, this is an out & back race, but how did those guys'....then I saw it. The dreaded low water crossing.
Wet, yes...strange sensation. Ok, now this might qualify as "downright brutal" after all. But, even in 25* temps it turned out to be nothing. Zero. Nada. Within a half a mile I didn't notice a thing.
Back to mile 12 and the water crossing. No hesitation this time. Dang, that water was cold.
My time was actually pretty good for me (2:03.38) considering the water crossing and "photo/walk" sessions. I felt wonderful the whole time.