Half of Quincy!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!

I started this wonderful holiday off by running the “Half of Quincy” with my friend, Crystal.  Since we both hadn’t trained for the race it was sooooo tempting to skip it and head to the bar instead (yes, the bar at 8am is always an option ;)).  But we sucked it up and ran.

We started the race together and ran a comfortable 8:45ish pace for the first 5 miles.  My body felt great so I picked up my pace and pushed it for the next 8 miles.  I took an energy gu around mile 8, had some twizzlers and jelly beans around miles 10-11(courtesy of the lovely spectators) and had plenty of energy to finish the race strong with a time of 1:48 (8:20/ mile).  My goal was to run around 1:55 so I’m happy with my time.  It’s def not a PR but I’ll run another half this Fall and work on my PR.

After the race, we headed to a local dive bar for some corona lights and to celebrate a pretty decent race.

Do you know what made the race a lot better/easier?  Well, besides the perfect running weather?

I kept thinking about the article Beyond The Mantra and changed every negative thought that crossed my mind into a POSITIVE ONE (My legs aren’t heavy and tired.  They feel awesome!  I could run all day!! etc.) 

I’m telling you guys, it really worked.  You have to try it!

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How was your weekend?

Did you run a race?  How’d you do?

What’s the weather like where you are?

-It’s 60’s and sunny in Boston 🙂

Gobble x3 Recap

Thanksgiving started like usual yesterday.  Mike and I woke up early and slowly got ready for the Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler. 

Tough decision: which shirt to wear? Hmmmm.

Around  8am, we headed to Davis Square in Somerville.  It was chilly, in the upper 30’s so we hung-out in the car until 8:45 and then jogged over to the start line.

I decided to run the race with my snazzy fanny pack.  It was actually my first time running with the fuel belt and I loved it.  I was able to pack my iPhone, ID, car key, and chapstick and not have to worry about grabbing everything after the race.  Plus, it didn’t move at all while running which I was worried about.

We started at the front of the pack to avoid the congestion and were able to weave our way around people without too much trouble.  During the first mile, I felt great physically but I noticed I was running a 7:20ish pace and wanted to slow it down and save my energy (I went into the race thinking I should run a couple 7:50 miles and then run hard for the last 2 miles.)  So I let Mike take off and I slowed it down so I wouldn’t crash later.  At mile 2, I picked up my pace and pushed it to the end!

As soon as we crossed the finish line, we headed into “The Burren” with all the other runners and enjoyed some early morning cocktails.  Nothing beats free beer at 9:35am, right?

Annnnnnd I know you’re all just dyinggggg to know about our time’s, right?  Well, we both PR’d!!!  Mike ran a speedy race and finished in 29 something (I know he had a 7:25 pace so you can do the math; I can’t… ).  I finished right behind him in 30:39.47 and beat my old personal best time of 32:02. 😀


Did you run a turkey trot yesterday?  How was it?

Are you running any more races this year? 

Hartford Half Race Review

I finished the half marathon yesterday, yesss!  And it was tough!  It was mostly a mental challange but oh so physical too.  There were so many points along the course where I just wanted to stop and call it a day.  I was even tempted to call it quits and stop at mile 11.  I was done with running and wanted nothing more than to walk to the finish.  But I pushed along, stopped only once to take off my long sleeve shirt, and finished in 1:46 (8:08 per mile pace).  My legs felt heavy and I wasn’t able to PR but I’m still happy that I pushed it and have no regrets! 😀 

Alright, let’s talk Hartford.  Here’s a quick recap of the day:

Distance Options: 5K, half, and full marathon.  Perfect for groups of all levels. Our group had 1 running the 5K, 4 of us ran the half, and another completed the full marathon (Go Brian!).

Course: The course for the half marathon was mostly flat, fast, and beautiful.  We ran through the vibrant neighborhoods of Hartford and West Hartford, through a park and finished right past the arches.

Music: Live bands and DJ’s are everywhere.  They had 12 groups lined up along the half marathon course which was a very pleasant surprise for me.  They included: Acoustic Folk, Acoustic Rock, Latin DJ’s, Rock & Roll, African Drums, Bagpipes, Funk, and Blues.  Great lineup!

Parking: With over 13,000 athletes you would think parking might be an issue but it was not at all.  Parking garages and open lots were all over the place and within a short 5 minute walk to the course.

Spectators: Are everywhere!  The streets were lined with so many enthusiastic crowds.  It felt like the whole community was out there for the race and it was awesome having them there.  There were cute, lil’ kids all over the place cheering us on and waiting for high fives from everyone.

Post-race: Mike (who PR’d yay!) cheering on the full marathon runners

Swag Bag: So.Much.Free.Stuff! 

There was more food in the bag but I ate it after the race…

Water Stops: There was plenty of water/ Gatorade stops along the route… I believe 9 in total.  There was also a stop for GU energy packets which really helped me out. 

And lastly, the “After-Party”:  There’s nothing better than a cold beer after running 13 miles, right?  After we quickly stretched and changed into warmer clothes, we made our way over to the beer tent to enoy some Harpoon beer.  Each runner gets 1 free drink ticket included on their bib and can purchase more beers for $5 each.  There was also a huge food tent but I never made my way over there.

That’s it.  I highly recommend this course!  I’m already thinking of doing the full marathon next year but in the meantime I’ll be happy that I finished the half.