Are you ready for a race recap that has entirely way too many pictures of me in it?
Of course, you are. You read SR. You already see way too many pictures of me on a daily basis.
I woke up at 6:15am and had plenty of time to drink coffee, go to the bathroom and chill out before the start of the Gansett Marathon. My parents and I walked across the street a couple minutes before the start.
Talking to a running hamburger, NBD.
The race started right on time and we were off running in the sun. The weather was beautiful out, around 55ish degrees but windy.
Since Boston is supposedly going to be 87* (and the race starts at 10am and later) I knew that I would be taking it easy which made me decide to run this race a little harder.
I didn’t have a specific time goal, but I wanted to beat last year’s time of 3:21.
The course is really pretty: running along the bay, past a lighthouse and fishing village.
This was a great race for my parents to be at because it’s so small that they could drive around and see me at a ton of different points without any trouble. My mom was like my personal trainer – handing me gels, water, a bite of an energy bar – and my dad took all these pictures.
She’s got moves like Jagger.
I LOVED having them there and being able to see them so many times really pumped me up.
“Suck it up! Run faster! Fix your eyeliner!”
Isn’t this the cutest picture of my mom?!
My first mile was 7:35 and most of the miles for the first half were around that. I ate a gel at mile 8.75 and passed the halfway mark at 1:39 and then took my second (and last) gel at mile 13.5
The course is a double loop with a 16 and 10 mile loop. I felt great until mile 16ish when I started on the second loop and faced a slight uphill and headwind. I turned on my music at mile 16.5, but 17-21 were tough. And 22-26 got tougher. The headwind just sucked it out of me and I really struggled to stay on pace.
I only brought 2 gels with me because I thought there was supposed to be gels on the course, but I never saw them.
“Feed me gels, I’m hungry!”
Thankfully my mom gave me half an energy bar at mile 18, and I started grabbing Gatorade for extra calories instead of water.
I don’t know if it was the wind, the lack of gels or I was just tired, but the last miles were killer. I guess marathon’s are suppose to be tough, huh?
I crossed the line in 3:18:40, 7th woman.
And this was how I felt afterwards…
What was great about this small race besides getting to see my parents so much was that I met readers Shelby, Jennifer and Katie (did I get names right?) and was able to run and talk with each of them, making the race a lot more fun.
After the race:
And then ShowerPill saved me…
Even though we stayed at the host hotel, check out was a firm 11am. They even had multiples notes saying late checkout would cost $50 extra! But since the race started at 8am, and I’m not amazing, I wasn’t going to be taking a shower in my hotel room before 11am.
So I improvised: I took an “ice bath” in the pool for a bit, rinsed off in the dirty pool showers and then cleaned up with the wipes. It worked well because I was able to get presentable enough to go to lunch with this girl which I told you about last post.
Next up… the Boston Marathon tomorrow!