|Austin's famous Congress Ave. bridge during the 2013 Marathon|
The weather conditions were absolutely perfect, starting in the low 40's, low humidity, clear skies, and essentially no wind. In waiting for the race to begin I was glad to have a sweat coat to keep me warm, as it saved me from the shivers and blue lips of many other 3:20 pace group runners dressed in their running attire.
It continues to amaze me the amount of body heat that we generate by running! At the start of the race I jettisoned my sweat jacket, and despite only wearing my thin singlet was feeling excessively warm, so I stowed it and ran bare-chested. This wasn't the first time upon doing so in "cold" race weather that I attracted startled glances from the coat and gloves laden spectators, but I didn't care!
|Just past the finish line, after running 1:39:36|
Though I did not achieve by four minutes my Half-Marathon P.R. of 1:35, it was set in the ultra flat Chicago course during which my running regimen was of higher volume and more consistent. Nevertheless, overall I completely satisfied as I had a another great race experience, so I highly recommend either the Austin full or half marathon.