Welp.... My first one is DONE. I was up early this morning and hopped the 6:55 train out of New Haven instead of battling traffic and parking around Jennings Beach. Surprisingly there were not as many runners as I expected to see at Union Station.
I arrived about an hour before the start and got my paperwork done since I did not pre-register. The crowd filled the beach and parking lot and if I recall corrrectly they announced a record number of about 3000 runners.
The Fairfield Half Marathon ( 13.1 Miles ) was a tougher course than anticipated. Starting down on the beach I expected relatively flat topography but there were some decent hills. Below is an elevation profile of the course.
I am not a speed runner so I decided to carry a camera in case I wanted to snap a few shots along the way. My first look back was about the 5k point just after mile three. Noticed a follower approaching so I decided to pack up the camera and head on my way, nothing like a little inspiration to help on the long climb from mile 3 to 5.
Weather was absolutely perfect today. Temp must have been in the mid 70's with no humidity and a slight breeze.
My finish time was not very exciting in position number 1637 but I did complete the run with 6 minutes to spare from my goal of 2-1/2 hours.