I woke up at 5:30 AM full of excitement and anticipation as I headed out to Hampton New Hampshire for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon.
I live for race mornings. Have you realized this yet? hehe I really just love getting all fired up and getting out there and performing at my best and earning a medal :) Nothing brings me more joy personally than that well besides my family of course ;)
The weather. Can we talk about it? Well I guess there is not much to talk about. Just the fact that this was my 5th half marathon this year. This was the 3rd one where I was soaked during the entire race. Hyannis was snowing, Providence was pouring and Hampton was pouring hehe I do not think you want to race with me! I bring a curse of undesirable weather. But I was prepared. I train in it all the time and for this very reason, you never know what race day will bring!
I met with Damian and we hid in the car until it was time for the race to begin! The race was small about a few thousand runners so there was no traffic or long lines.
I got out about 8:35 and headed to the bathroom, that was strike number one. 6 bathrooms for all those people! I was waiting in line for 20 minutes that sucked. I was wearing my shorts and t shirt so I was frozen! My legs were all goosebumps and Damian said the little hairs on my face were standing up strait. I was cold! When you lose your fatty blanket you have been carrying around for 10 years you have a hard time adjusting to the cold.
This race would be beautiful on a nice day:
But of course it was not because I was there! Hahaha anyways
We headed over to the start area and it was rough. There was no big designated start line and everyone was just hanging out in a cluster. I did not even hear anything go off but all of a sudden people started running and we headed out to begin the race.
The first mile was dreadful. This race was disorganized and everyone was just all over the place in terms of running. There were people holding me up and there was little room to pass people. I got so frustrated I just wanted to settle into my pace but I could not until late in mile 2. Once I got into my rhythm I felt good. I took a walk break for 30 seconds at every mile marker. It helped my legs stay fresh!
I treated this more like a training run than a race and I realized that soon into it. At mile 5 I stopped quick to pee. I was cold and wet so I was not trying to hold a full bladder on top of all that! It helped because I was comfortable the rest of the race. At mile 5 I did a few Cliff shot blocks and drank some of my nuun. I ran with my fuel belt and I was glad I did. I like having my own water breaks when I need it.
I took a few more blocks at mile 10 and was feeling strong throughout the entire race. I had my nuun and I got water at 2 stops but I did not drink enough. I am guilty of this every time I run or even race in the rain! I do not know why but I do not get thirsty so in my mind I do not need to drink as much.
I felt good as I came onto the home stretch and passed mile 12. I realized as I was running that I have come so far this year. On Feb. 28 I ran my first half and was dead by the end of it. Now on Sunday as I was running this half I was not tired, I felt I could keep going. This is proof my marathon training is in full swing and working ;)
Post race! Wet and soggy but still smiling ;)
The celebration continued as we waited for Damian to complete his FIRST half marathon!!!! He was doing well and he came in at 3:05! Just making his 3 hour completion goal he had set for himself!!!
I am so proud of him. He has lost 70 pounds this year!!! This was another person who huffed and puffed going upstairs and carried around his inhaler! He laughed at me right in my face last winter when I told him I was training for a half marathon. He said he may start running again after leaving it behind years ago. Then he laughed at me when I told him he too would run a half marathon with me!
Well he is still laughing but now it is becuase he has so much fun running :)
I have to thank our cheerleader Nicole! She refused to take a picture with us but its ok we will get her in 2 weeks as she completes a 5K with the rest of us!! She always comes out to watch us race and has been working on her own health journey and I am so proud of her!!!
I love spreading the joy of running and seeing it all come together at races :)
The race results are here.
5 half marathons done for the year!! Now I have one last big race to go :) My first Marathon in Philly on November 20!!!