Half marathon number 6 is in the books! I traveled to Louisville, KY to run the Kentucky Derby Minimarathon (aka half marathon). This has been on my racing bucket list for a few years. I decided to take the plunge and register for the race. The race is on a Saturday so I had to travel to Louisville on Friday. Due to some last minute scheduling issues it became a solo getaway weekend for me.
Here is a recap of my race weekend in Louisville!
First Step: Rent a car and borrow audio books from the library for the trip.
Next, begin packing! Since I was going by myself I decided to pack the biggest rolling suitcase we owned so I could make one trip into the hotel with all my stuff. A must in every runners bag- foam roller!
My hotel room had both a microwave and refrigerator. I packed snacks and drinks to get me through the weekend.
After arriving at the hotel, I unpacked. This is a must for me on any trip. It makes me feel settled and I wanted to make sure I had all my race necessities. Then it was onto pick up my packet!
Back at the hotel it was time to prepare for race day!
First layout flat Erin. This was my custom shirt I had made for the race.
Then it was time to fuel and relax before trying to sleep. I opted for pizza from a local pizza place and Handmaids Tale on Hulu.
The hotel was under a mile from the start line. After a quick (free) breakfast at the hotel I headed to the start line. Along with 18,000 other runners! I cued my running playlist – the Hamilton soundtrack and off I went.
The weather was PERFECT! I lucked out because the next weekend for the Kentucky Derby was super rainy. Around mile 8 you enter Churchhill Downs. It was so cool to enter the track! I was hoping to see a horse or two but no luck. Plus I had a race to finish.
I ended up finishing in 2 hours 28 minutes. A personal record for me! I was hoping to beat my last half time of 2 hours 31 minutes. I kept a pace of 11 minutes and 17 seconds. Woo-hoo! I was pumped and very tired.
I made my way through the race village and headed back to the hotel, I was greeted by this beautiful bouquet of flowers from my husband. #ahhhhhh
After taking a long hot shower it was time to refuel. I ate a couple pieces of leftover pieces before heading out for some city exploring and Mexican food and libations. I highly recommend booking a hotel with a fridge and microwave!
After food and drink it was time to explore the city! I walked through the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and a few shops along the downtown area. I found a few souvenirs too! I love supporting a local community.
I also found this cute little park with a perfect spot to enjoy some reading.
After a long day of running, eating and exploring it was time to relax! I curled up in bed with an avocado oatmeal mask and ER on Hulu.
It was a fun weekend! Louisville, KY is an easy 4 hour drive from St. Louis. I enjoyed the city and the sites. The race was well organized and the course was pretty flat, more than I expected. I would travel for this race again with or without buddies!
I am debating a fall half but have my sites set on the Disney Princess Half in February 2019!