Hilton Head Half Marathon 2020

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I could not have been more excited to run this race. As I said in a previous blog post Hilton Head truly is my happy place. I’ve never been there during the winter and was really looking forward to seeing the island in February.

I flew into Raleigh the Thursday before the race since I planned to run with my friend Ray and that’s where he lived. We woke up super early Friday and hit the road toward South Carolina.

Since we left earlier than expected we decided to make a pit stop in Savannah Georgia. Then head back north to Hilton Head. Savannah is another one of my favorite places to visit.

When we got to Hilton Head we headed to the Westin. This hotel was gorgeous and we were so happy it has a nice heated pool and hot tub. We took a stroll down beach so I could show Ray the resort my family usually stays at in the summer time. It was weird to see it look so empty and quiet but still beautiful.

We took advantage of the hot tub, which felt nice in the mid 50 degree temps and then headed to pick up race bibs.

This was a very easy process. Parking was easy and we quickly got our bibs and our fleece race vests. We both really liked these. If I could have any criticism about this race it would be I wish they had some more race merchandise for sale. I had emailed ahead of time to ask and they responded promptly and let me know they only had a few hats. While I loved the vest I would’ve also loved a shirt.

We went to eat after at Coconuts a restaurant at the Hilton Head Tennis and Beach Club. That’s where my family stays during the summer. Felt a bit like home along with the Buffalo Wings we got for dinner. My favorite prerace food. After another visit to the hottub and a quick dip in the ocean at night, hey why not?!? We eventually headed to sleep before our big race day.

We woke up early planning to catch sunrise before race but both agreed it was too cold. It was a brisk 37 degrees out. We had a nice view from the balcony anyways.

I was so happy I threw in my Bibrave long sleeve 3/4 zip because it was colder than predicted. I decided to go with that and capris. We hung in car as long as possible before heading to race start.

Everything is so easy with this race at this point. Parking, the start line, the portopotty line and a beautiful park at the start line is just what I like at a race. They had music playing and soon we were off.

The course itself was shaded and had more twists and turns than it seemed on the map but not in a bad way. The typical Hilton head trails which some may not be used to. Some beautiful spots I had to stop for photos of.

I should’ve paid more attention to the map because I wasn’t expecting to cross the huge bridge off and back on the island and oh that jill was huge. But Ray and I made a decision to push and run the whole thing. And we succeeded.

The race itself went pretty fast and I have to say I was overcome with happiness several times. I kept thinking how lucky am I to be here doing this. It felt magical and this is coming from a girl that does lots of disney races.

As we approached the finish we knew we’d be close to finished under 2 1/2 hours. We were so happy and proud. And we got that beautiful medal that I fell in love with 10 days prior.

We opted to skip the free beers after the race and get back to the hot tub at the Westin and get some beach photos.

This truly was a great race and it was easy drama free and fun. I would love to do again next year! Thanks Ray for being a great running partner!

If you’re interested in watching a video recap of this race weekend check out the following link

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