The hubs booked the perfect hotel! It was basically three blocks from the expo, and 2 blocks from the start and finish! Bonus! The expo was pretty small, but the bib pickup was speedy! I got my bib and beer glass with no problems, and we scored a couple Kind Bars and then went back to the Porthole, the hubs' new favorite bar, for some Shipyard Blueberry Ale.
But I digress.
The morning of the race, we got up at about 5:45. I set the alarm for 6, but I never sleep well the night before a race, so I was already up and dressed by then. We headed over to the Start, and wandered around a bit checking out the trophies and the medals....
Again, I digress!
The start was a bit late, and we had to wait a little while to cross the start, because we were in the back. By "we", I mean me, and all of the strangers around me! I started my Garmin as we crossed what I thought was a chip start. More on that later!
I stopped somewhere around mile 4 to use the port potties and waited about 6-7 minutes for my turn. I never truly recovered, and never came close to catching up.
The 5th mile brought us past the finish line, which is cruel, and away from the waterfront for a little while. The hubs just happened to be walking back towards the start as I ran by, so he got a few shots of me. See the car in the street? Yeah, that happened a few times. Oh, and as we turned the next corner was a ginormous hill. Yes, that is totally a word. After the hill, we passed the 5K race start, and we were running along the water again, which was beautiful!
We exited the park, and back onto regular road. Back over the bridge, back under the bridge, to a small out and back, that was maybe a block long. It was weird, and seemed a bit silly, but you have to get that 13.1 in I guess.
Up another hill, and along the water to the left, and a sewage plant to the right. I was having flash backs to the Disney races! I focused on the view, pinched my nose shut, and breathed through my mouth. Around another bend and running along train tracks now. Almost done.
The train was old, and stopped on the tracks, with spectators cheering and clapping. That was nice, but I had totally checked out at this point. My foot was on fire, every step hurt. I am tearing up even as I type this! I was 50% embarrassed that it took so long and 50% thrilled that I was almost finished! The pic below is just before mile marker 13, and it was the only one the hubs took where I didn't look 100% miserable. Seeing him made me start full on crying, and he was yelling all of the right things: You're almost there, you did it, great job, so proud. Crying harder now and telling him that my foot hurt so badly.
However, it was a hot day, and I was given one small cup of water at the finish. The promised ice cream was gone, and I have been told that spectators ate a lot of the ice cream and pizza. Zico was there, but that was gone when I finished. I heard that they ran out at around the 2 hour mark. I did get some pretzels and peanuts, and there was root beer and cookies. Plenty of food trucks, but I shouldn't have to pay for my race food! The hubs brought me some chocolate milk and cold water, so I was set, and KIND bar didn't run out. I had my choice of about 6-7 varieties at least. The Madagascar Vanilla Almond was delish!
So, here is my elevation chart:
Below is my Garmin data. Please note the almost 7 minutes I lost because there were only 2 potties where I stopped, and at other stops there were only 1. TONS at the start/finish though. That best pace must have been on a downhill!
I probably would have considered doing it again. You know, for redemption. Until the RD called people whiners and asked them not to come back to the race in the future. Ummmmm, some people were misdirected and ran a 12.8 mile half. Asking how this will be fixed in the future doesn't make them whiners. It makes them curious. We all understand human error, and no one was mad. Until he made that stupid comment.
I mighty have to find another Maine race instead.
Later today is my appointment with the foot doctor. Cross your fingers that it is minor, won't keep me off my foot for too long, and I won't have to defer any of my Fall races!
Did you race this weekend? How did it go?