It was dark. It was cold, well cold for Florida, which is to say too warm for warm weather running gear but too chilly for the usual tee shirt. It was windy and it was raining. Too say I was not in the mood to run would be an understatement. But, it was Sunday, and it was race day. I was waking up in a clean but slightly odorous hotel room, two hours from home, with my #flatme beside me on the table. Race day! I felt undertrained and unmotivated for this race. But my girlfriends were with me, both similarly unenthusiastic, getting rained on while waiting for the start, was not helping matters. We decided to run together as a group, something we never do, and I gave myself permission not to care, not to stress, not to focus on my time and just to finish. I ended up having a blast.
Instead of jockeying for position in the first mile, I still weaved through the crowd, but I showed more patience than usual. We collectively joked about the roadkill just before mile 2, as a sign of a tough race ahead. We joked about race drafting with the winds in our face while we wondered why the wind was never at our backs. We pointed out the scenery to each other and the cute race shirts other runners were wearing. We talked about our children; all in all it was far, far more talking than I ever do during a race. We stayed together in a group until mile ten and even then we all crossed the half marathon finish line within eight minutes of each other.
The finish line was epic and everything a girls’ weekend race should be. We raced in the Divas Half Marathon Series. Pink boas and tiaras to cross the finish line, bubbly toasts just as you crossed, and very fit shirtless men handing out a heavy sparkly medal most definitely fit for a diva, not to mention fun personalized bibs, pink tutus given out with your bibs, and great fitted tech shirts. The Divas series is not only a race series geared towards women, it is a female runner’s perfect fun run. The series totes itself as the most fun and glam women’s half marathon series in the nation, and it my opinion it just may be all that and a bag of chips. So, if you are looking for a fun half marathon to run with your girls, the Diva Series is definitely one to check out. The series boasts races in some great vacations destinations including Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, San Francisco Bay, CA, Temecula, CA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Myrtle Beach, SC, Galveston, TX, Branson, MO, Peachtree City, GA, and of course our race destination of St. Augustine Beach, FL.
I could not be happier that I sucked it up and just ran, and while I chatted like it was a training run, I paced more like a race. I am happy with my overall pace. The champagne, friends, and race bling were most definitely nice too.
Anyone else a Diva’s Half Marathon fan?
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