I had eagerly registered for this race some time ago and yet I found myself in tears on the edge of my bed Saturday night before the race. I was pouring my heart out to Matt about how my training had fallen to the wayside as Mother Nature had gotten the better of me and all of my running routes. The treadmill and I are becoming good friends, although it's not actually a relationship I hope continues for too much longer. ;)
Getting quality training in has been a struggle between storm after storm after storm after cold after ankle sprain, (womp womp). With the Boston Marathon in less than 50 days now, I was about to head out and run a half marathon on a completely glazed paved trail. Yep....I know what you're thinking. Just don't do it! The thing is I really did want to do it and get some sort of a quality outdoor long workout in, I was just petrified of the course.
Matt offered to run it with me and if we decided it was too icy we'd bail...which would be a totally legitimate decision. But I decided I'd take my spikes, get a feel for how people were approaching the race and run it on my own. Sam and Katie offered to tag along being my own personal race-arazzi and cheer squad. :D
The air was crisp and the sky was blue, perfect running weather. Oh except for the fact that the ground beneath us was as slick as a bobsled course....gulp.
|Hat and bib are on sideways...lol. All signs point to a terrified runner.|
Can you spot me??? ;)
As soon as we hit the trail which was only about 400m down the road I was amazed at how bad the trail actually was! Yikes, it was icier than I had seen the day before when I headed over to check it out.:( I immediately patted myself on the back for taking the yaktrax. ;) I was also in sheer amazement at the runners in regular footwear who zoomed by me! And then later not surprised that they had wiped out. Many runners called it quits after a few miles deciding it just wasn't something they wanted to do.
Cautiously I proceeded and with each garmin beep indicating a mile marker I watched my pace flirt between 8:40 - 8:50! Yep, it was slick!
We ran a little over 4 miles out towards the Coke plant and I saw Nick and Michelle at the water station telling me to hold out my arm. I was like "Okay but I'm sort of running on ice," lol... but I did it anyway. They were snapping bracelets for Maritime Race Weekend onto everyone who was sporting the MRW swag! Sweet :D I had my MRW toque and buff on.
At the Coke Plant water stop Anna @ Piper's Run was volunteering! Her and I had a great little pow wow the day before in a line up at Target discussing the conditions.
|Here's a finish line pic of us|
On the second loop a runner named Mike caught up with me and I'm usually not a chatty runner, but I needed something/someone to take my mind off the fact that I was RUNNING ON ICE, by choice. He was great to keep company and we talked about training, winter weight vs. summer weight, how
Tim Chessnutt was out on course once again to capture some great shots! Hey there's Mike and I . :)
"Hey look a camera!" LOL
Every so often when we felt our strides opening up I asked Mike to kindly remind me that we were running on ice. After a while your body becomes comfortable and you sort of forget, you know? FYI: on a day with clear ground, this route would be a-mazing! It's flat and gorgeous. :)
Yay, the finish is in sight!
I really feel that I deserve a special award since I did not fall once! Most runners fell somewhere between 1-3 times!!! :0 There was even an ambulance and a guy with a bloody eyebrow at the finsh! Scary. :(
Oh hey, Steve even showed up after being out to sea until the night before....lol.
|Don't mind us, we're just icing our glutes. ;)|
I was happy in the end I decided to go through with the Hypo Half. I was even more glad that my ankle held up and I didn't have any crashes, (virtual fist pump). I am not too thrilled about how sore all of my little stabilizing muscles are today from bracing on the ice, OUCH!
Thanks to all spectacular volunteers, organizers and anyone who spectated along the icy way! See ya next year....err, maybe? LOL.
Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by to visit GGR!
Boston in 48!!!