Thoughts that run through my head (I hope you enjoy it!)
a new month has arrived and what do i find, my race this month is longer than last, 13.1 to be exact.
but i’m ready because i’ve been training so let’s hope for the best.
traveled south for two hours for the race weekend away, hydrating all the way.
first stop is race expo and see what we can find.
lots of cool stuff to buy but walk out only $12 poorer with a new fuel belt.
spend sometime chatting it up with marathon men, bill rodgers and dick beardsley, always nice to get some new advice!
after a nice dinner, dip in the hot tub, time to sleep but restless all night.
why such nerves, i’ve done this before?
breakfast is small and just plain oatmeal is served, or at least to me.
race time has arrived, i love towing the line with others joy and excitement to push ourselves to our fullest for the next few hours.
off we go on this beautiful day
faster than i want but i listen to the inner voice, the voice that is confident and assured so sub 8’s we go.
enjoying the weather, the breeze, the sun, the ocean.
these rare days you get in new england in february!
i think i overdressed but i can handle it because i’m training, i’m learning what my body can take.
it’s just a run with 3000 of my closest running friends who enjoy doing crazy things like this.
settling in around mile 5 i see my partner cheering me on. i love to see him in the crowd.
i’m lifted for the next miles to come.
fueled up and ready for more, settling for a solid pace right around 8 or 8:15.
if my body will allow i can handle this and get a new pr.
chatted it up with a few people just relaxing and enjoying the time doing something so wonderful.
so thankful for the crowds that come out to cheer us on, thanking them as much as i can and lots of thumbs up if i can’t find my voice.
struggling now at mile 10, the wall has come, slowing down but knowing if i can just keep moving i will make it.
one foot in front of the other, step after step.
wait, there are the leg cramps, haven’t had those in a while but push through and remember the salt next time!
into mile 12, i can do anything for 1.1 more miles even if i have to crawl, okay not crawl but i will get that pr.
keep pushing, keep pushing.
oh look a downhill!
music playing and voices blaring, here i come, here i come.
arms thrown up victorious, another battle won.
i made it and faster than i could ever think.
just like that it is over but the smile and time can not be erased.
love the finish line, the new bling, the cheers of the crowds, the knowledge it’s done.
time to rest, stretch and enjoy a great time by almost 5 minutes.
New PR – 1:48:10 – 8:09 pace, 37 out of 336 in division, 727 out of 2983 racers
Garmin says the race was 13.26 long, instead of 13.1 but oh well, it was fun!
Here are a few more pics from this weekend. Enjoy!