First off, I think we need to change the name of the "Half Marathon." Many times this past week I started sentences like so: "Oh, I'm just doing the half." Well guess what!? As it turns out, 'The Half' isn't just anything. It takes training, passion and skill, as races of every distance do. :)
Warning: Apparently I love to overwhelm you with photos on 'Race Recap Posts.' ;)
When we stopped in Oxford, Blueberry capital of the world, to fuel up, we just had to get a shot next to the giant blueberry.
After arriving in Saint John, we checked into our hotel right away and headed off to Race Kit pick-up!
Lola loved chillaxin' on the hotel bed. :)
Pre-race meal included pasta with chicken and garlic bread from a local Italian restaurant. Yes we ate out of the containers. We do it up fancy around here. ;)
Did I not tell you yesterday that I packed an overload of gear?! I would never kid about that.
The fancy breakfast of champions right here. I kept it light and without dairy to avoid any mid-run side stitches. And guess what......no stitch! :D
I took an abundance of gels since Matt was running in the full and I would want one as well. You can never have enough Gu!
Since Matt and I are now sharing 1 Garmin, :( my system today looked like this: I used my Timex watch on Chrono mode and wore a <1:39 pace band so that I had an idea of my lap splits. I was super psyched to hear at the start from a pace bunny that the course was signed with 'Mile' markers for each and every mile. :D I did not actually believe that I'd break 1:39 just so you know. I knew I'd not be as speedy as I was at the Blue Nose back in May (1:37). And boy, the hills of Saint John sure made certain that I wouldn't! LOL
I felt pretty strong and fresh during the run today. I knew it was warming up with every minute and I tried to hydrate as best I could along the course. The race volunteers were spectacular! I am not just saying that. There was a very satisfying amount of water and Gatorade for the 1/2 Marathoners along the course. Thank you!
I should also thank the live entertainment that was along the route at a place called "Jim Bob's Variety," lol. I giggled both times I ran by this place.
My run was on pace for the first 5 miles to be sub 1:40, and then I fell off the pace band...lol. The hill climbs and the heat just slowed me down, (between miles 5-8ish). Once I got to mile 9 I was feeling a lot better. I was going back down some of the hills that I had previously climbed and had taken a gel to refuel. I felt like I put the hammer down at mile 10 and maintained a pretty solid persistent pace to the finish. Minus the last 1/2 mile, which had a Monster hill that came out of no where and some men were 'walking' up it! :S I ran the whole way, but turtles crawling through peanut butter could have likely passed me with the pace I got up it at....lol.
|A sweet sign indeed!|
As I mentioned earlier, the course itself was challenging. I actually told Courteney that it was the 'hardest half I've ever done.' The first 5 miles had at least 4-5 hills. The funny thing was that I was running near a group of men and at each hill, I'd pass them. Then when the hill crested some of them would run past me and the cycle continued. I actually finished with a couple of them and they high fived me even though we didn't speak along the course......runners are funny.
1hr 42 min
This race had excellent post-run food! Yes, this was warm apple pie just out of the oven!!! And hello.....'help yourself coffee thermoses,' my kind of race. :D
When I was all done stuffing my face, I headed down to cheer Matt on. 11 Marathons completed for this guy---Way to go!
I was super excited to find out that I had won my age category (1/61), because the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each division received a pewter necklace with a sneaker pendant. :D
So basically, we had a great time at the Marathon by the Sea. If you're up for a challenging run with sweet swag, awesome food and volunteers, sign up and lace up! :)
Thanks for stopping by GGR and have a wonderful evening!