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First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL

First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL

On Sunday, Januray 12, 2014, I ran the First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL in a 2 day 2 state 2 half marathon challenge. This was my second half marathon in 2014 and  2nd in the forty 4 forty goal. It was one of my favorite races for many reasons. The marathon benefited L’Arche.  L’Arche is an international federation of  communities in which people with intellectual disabilities and those who help them can live, work, and share their lives together.

We arrived into Mobile, AL  on Saturday after completing a half marathon in Jackson, MS, picked up our packets, and checked into the hotel. The Expo was small, but the people at packet pickup were friendly.  The race provided dinner for the runners the night before and food after the race.

20140115-225942.jpgI received a nice bag and shirt for the First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL.  For completing the Mississippi Blues Jackson, MS and First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL Challenge, I received a B2B challenge shirt and a hand painted canvas from a member of L’Arche.

20140115-230142.jpgThe medal was also hand painted with a hand tied ribbon from a member at L’Arche.

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The First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL course was flat and beautiful.  We ran through beautiful neighborhood adorned with southern charm.  The volunteers were friendly and a couple of the water stations were themed. One was themed with the Red Hat Society and another had a Mardi Gras theme.

As I was approaching the finish line, I heard a horn honking and a motorcycle approaching.  I turned around to see the winner of the full marathon approaching me and he passed me.  He completed a full in the amount of time I ran a half marathon ( I did lose 5 minutes for a bathroom break).  He ran 6 minute miles for 26.2 miles.  Absolutely AMAZING!!

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The 10 hour drive home after the race was tough, but worth it.  It was most definitely an amazing weekend and I would do it again.  I thought running back to back half marathons was going to be tough, but I felt fine.  I did have a huge blister on my toe, but I will survive.

#3 of 40 will be Saturday The Duel  in Wichita Falls.