The big race is just shy of two weeks away and the excitement is building! The Illuminations Half will start after the sun goes down and the entire course is going to be lit up with Christmas lights.
The actual track begins on the streets around the JW Marriott then winds itself on and around the golf courses and finishes back at the resort.
I’ve been really excited about this race mainly because it’s happening in the dark! You’re probably wondering why that matters to someone who can’t see right? If you haven’t ever noticed, where you go, the time of day, and the environment in general all have a different “feel” to them. I can only guess that it’s a mental thing because I still experience it right alongside all the sighted folks.
When I was stationed at Fort Riley, if I ever chose to go for a run I always did it at night. For some reason I just find it more appealing.
Normally here in Texas night is the only time you can run without feeling like you’re going to die from the heat but right now that definitely isn’t the case. It’s a Frigid 37 degrees outside right now and hasn’t been any warmer over the last few days. Funny how in my old age and retirement I’m much less tolerant of the cold. I’m thinking Florida…but Jesse won’t listen.
Fortunately this weather isn’t supposed to last and I’m seriously praying for the temp to be back up in the high 40s or 50s where it should be.
I have one last thing that is giving me peace. My guide for this race has never run a half marathon before. This will be my third. It makes me smile to know exactly what to expect while she is the one running “blindly” into it. I’ve been sharing all sorts of stories, both good and bad, and I’m eagerly awaiting miles 9 and beyond to find out how she is going to handle things.
We’ve been putting in the miles and, whether my guide admits it or not, we’re ready for it!
We’re part of Team Tinsel with some friends from Lackland who are running this race with us. Jesse and I have been trying to figure out a way to make a tinsel suit for after the race but so far we’re not having much luck. Shirts are being planned and hopefully we’ll have something awesome to show you all soon!
Thanks so much for reading and huge thanks to all those who commented on the last post about the power of music. I got a kick out of reading those stories and I hope to spark more comments from you all down the road!