The second run of the weekend went off without a hitch. Sunday March 20th was the Sugar Land Memorial Hermann St. Patty’s Day Half Marathon with J and G, and was J’s first ever half marathon. The run began and ended in Sugar Land Town Square, and had about 800 entrants. Parking was in a garage normally reserved for an office building, and was a breeze to find. The national anthem was beautifully sung and we were off! I ran with J, and G took off up ahead. It was a nice crisp 45 degrees with no wind, a.k.a. perfect running weather. Alas, lazy summer days are approaching, so appreciate the cold when you can. The course was 2 roughly 5-6 mile loops surrounded by huge mansions on all sides, and a beautiful fountain close to the turn around. Since this race was St. Patty’s themed, we were serenaded by kilt clad bag-piping kids every few miles near the water stations. I thought this was a great touch, especially since in my wildest dreams I never thought I’d be running by fountains and mansions while bagpipers played to me/us all! The entire course was beautiful, sunny and flat, with people cheering us on when we most needed it. G and J ended up getting a PR, and we all got free beer, food, and a beautiful green and rose gold clover charm. Finisher Charms was there selling a charm for the event. It is an exact replica of the medal, but in sterling silver, and really good quality. I love charms, and am definitely picking one up in April!