Freedom’s Run Half Marathon

I ran the Freedom’s Run Half Marathon today! This was my first race on the east coast and the terrain is definitely different from SoCal. This race was actually in West Virgina and was about 70 miles away so we left the house at 6am to get there in time for the 9am race (I still had to pick up my packet too).

Here I am before the race in my trash bag for warmth. IMG_1372

I don’t know my official time since I didn’t read the time sign when I crossed the finish line. And my Garmin said I had only ran 12.89 miles? WTF. Most of the time at half marys my Garmin says I’ve run more than 13.1? I didn’t cut corners or anything so I don’t know why that happened. Anyways, my Garmin’s time was 1:50:51. And I’m very happy with that since my previous half PR is 1:52:59 – so I think I beat that?!IMG_1381

The course consisted of a lot of rolling hills through old Civil War battlefields. There is a ton of history that occured on this land. It was very cool to run by statues and monuments throughout the course. I was not cool to run up a hill, down a hill, up a hill, down a hill. I was super discouraged by mile 8. Things I was thinking included:

“This is bullshit, the website did not say it would be this hilly.”

“I am not used to hills, there is no way I am going to PR.”

“I want to move back to CA where it’s super flat.”

“I am not made to run on hills, hell, I’m not made to run at all! I’m lucky if I do well on flat ground…”

Finally there was a ton of down hill and I made up my lost time! I was really “pysching myself out” and the downhill really got me back to positive thinking. It goes to show how much of running is really in your head. You have to stay positive!!!

I also had a Gu at miles 5 and 9 and that really helped too! Do the Gu people!IMG_1386

I finished strong and felt good at the end :) Here I am stretching when I crossed the finish line. IMG_1384

Before the race I ate PB&banana and the rest of the banana with PB & raisins once we got to the race. I also grabbed a piece of Ben’s PB&J.IMG_1371

After the race I ate an orange and grapes and 1/4 a bagel. IMG_1388

Ben drove through Taco Bell and I had a bite of his food too.

Now I am eating this massive smoothie topped with granola, nuts and raisins. I hate that I am never really hungry after a long run even though I would completely let myself eat whatever I want guilt free!!IMG_1400 It sometimes bothers me when people do a long run or a race and then come home and eat a 300 calorie sandwich or something light like that. Not here. This smoothie was packed with granola goodness plus I added more goodies. IMG_1402IMG_1389

I put this in the smoothie too, Amazing Grass sent it a while back and I have been meaning to try it. IMG_1392

I am planning on some Chipotle for dinner. We’re hitting up Oktober Fest and I am bringing what I really want to eat so I enjoy it!

I keep checking the race website for my official time since I don’t want to accept 1:50:51 as the real time since the Garmin’s distance is off. I’ll let you know if I find something different.


  1. says

    Awesome marathon recap! It sounds like you went through some pretty areas in MD during your race. It is true that so much of running is in your head.Whenever I start to psych myself out I just start thinking “i can do it i can do it i can do it i can do it” with each step..

  2. Erica says

    Congrats!! Now just imagine what damage you could do on those flat races in CA now that you’ve PR’d on those WV hills :)

  3. says

    Now that I see your pics from the run on your blog, I remember running w/ you for a little bit of the race. It’s hard not to miss the braids. You passed me at one point and I just couldn’t keep up. Great job!! If you ever need a running partner..I’m in the area.

  4. says

    Oh my goodness. Thank you for this post. My friend just sent it to me :) I ran the full marathon and thought it was horribly hilly. I’m glad it wasn’t just me that thought this course was RIDICULOUS!! Congrats on pr’ing!

  5. Catherine says

    Congrats!! I ran the Freedom’s Run Half too with my mom for her first half marathon. We ran a 2:01:23, and I’m so proud of her! Especially after those nasty hills leaving Antietam :)

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