The drive south was pleasant, little traffic and no tolls! Upon reaching my hotel, I was informed that a shuttle service is provided for free (tips). This was so great to hear as I hate driving in city traffic and I also wanted to enjoy some adult beverages and when I do, I don't drive. I unpacked, freshened up, and jumped in the taxi first stop, Johnny Cash Museum! On the way to my destination I was informed and then noticed that basically everything was within walking distance, my hotel was about a mile from downtown and I was advised not to walk to and from, a decision I challenged on the first night, Thursday.
Friday was packet pick up and it was a day of rest and hydration. I was really excited for the half marathon run, I felt prepared in an under-trained sort of way. I'm not a cold weather runner so my running was slim but my cross training and strength training was plenty. Saturday I woke up bright and early, though not too early because I paid for the $20 shuttle specifically for runners. Totally worth it because there were so many people!
It took a while for my corral to get going because they staggered the start (by predicted finishing time) to help ease the congestion. I was surprised and a bit irritated that our National Anthem was played while the 5k run took off and was happening. I'm pretty sure all of the races I attended up to that point was very respectful of the National Anthem. What seemed like a long time, (long enough time to build up a full bladder), we were off! I had to pee so bad and used a porto potty within the first 2 miles but it was quick, no lines, and I didn't have to worry about that again! The weather was HOT and Humid...my kind of running weather. I had on my long sleeve shirt to start, knowing that I've had some chaffing issues under my arms with longer distance runs.
I enjoyed the scenery, the cheering, and the music. Around mile 8 I took my long sleeve shirt off as the sun started to beat down. At mile 10 I stopped for Vaseline because the chaffing was so unbearable I couldn't move my arms. Moving forward, I finally reached the finish line, grabbed my medal, some water, and headed to the shuttle area to get back to the hotel and showered. There was a free (with race bib) Martina McBride concert that night.
I was really excited for Sunday, Yoga with Rachel Brathen! What an amazing experience. She is just how I imagined. It was a challenging yoga practice, I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't so sore. Afterwards, we got autographs and a hug! I hope I can attend one of her retreats one day. Afterwards, I was ready to head home. I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed back to my room, ready to wake up at 4 and head out by 5am. I was anxious to see Bruiser!
I highly recommend the Nashville Country Music Marathon/ Half, it is a fun race and it is well organized! Nashville is a great place to visit, I will be going back.