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Winter Race Report Catchup and other stuff!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well...I've run three races so far this year and enjoyed them all, for different reasons...but I've been so stinkin' busy, I missed out on posting about the first two in any detail.

Here's a little peek at the January Races:

First, the Set the Pace 5K, which is on New Years Day at 11:11 (so you don't have to get up wicked early)...think I've put the finish time on my Spark Page so won't go looking for it...race day was pretty decent and I ran into a couple folks I know from my area that run the Summer Trail 5K Series as well as a gal who totally inspires me. She's in her 20s and is coming back from a cardiac incident that left her unable to get around...last time I saw her at a race, she was using a jog stroller for balance, and she runs with her father, but this time, she was running without the balance and altho she was the last one to finish this race, her smile was no less bright...great gal! This race starts each year off so positively, I will always try to get there to do it.

The second January Race was the Boston Prep 16 Miler in Derry, NH. OMG, SO SO COLD. I drove down the day before and stayed with a fellow runner bud and her hubby, she was registered to race as well. We had a good visit, nice meal, and hit the sack early...it was just wicked cold and windy as all getout on race day...and this course is devilish. I strugged with the wind, and the hills, but I REALLY enjoyed the challenge. I would have to think long and hard about doing this race again....it was just so tough...and the field is so fast, since it's a prep race for the Boston Marathon...I was one of the very last folks to finish and by that time, the announcers were not announcing racers crossing the finish line, although the clock was still running. My friend did pretty well, altho she, too, struggled with the frigid wind. Here's a pic of me out on the course.

SO...our Half at the Hamptons, the NH Hamptons that is, was cancelled....however, the race organizers really did a great job to try to make up for that by holding a 'Packet Pickup Party' from Noon-4 yesterday at the race pickup/post race gathering location, with yummy food, great music, a 13.1 Meter Finish Line to get your bling, and free running gloves in exchange for a donation of food to the local food pantries...SO, the gals and I cancelled our hotel reservation for Saturday eve and road tripped down yesterday morning to run our race ANYWAY and then pick up our bling and shirts and enjoy the post 'race' festivities....so glad we went, we had an awesome time!

My friend Heather picked me up in Augusta at 0730, we met Kristen and Jillian at 0830 in Saco, they piled into Heather's Jeep and we continued on...an hour later we were at Hampton Beach and gearing up to run...the temp was in the low/mid 30s, cloudy, and a little breezy on the coast. Nice weather for a Winter run. Kristen and Jillian run together on a regular basis and use the Galloway Method (2 1/2 to 1), so Heather and I determined we'd run with them and that was a good thing...we brought the race map with us, but no GPS, and that proved to be a bit of a mistake...Kristen 'drove'
until we got turned around, then I grabbed the map and navigated us the rest of the way to the finish. Kristen and I ran this race last year, but it was a whole different view for me this year, I saw things that I missed last year being so focused on running...they don't allow earphones/earbuds at the race and we didn't use them yesterday either, knowing that there were no police at intersections, we wanted to be as alert as possible...it was fun to run with other folks and chat along the way, we spent a good bit of time pointing out houses we did and didn't like, and getting to know eachother better, as Heather had never met Kristen and Jillian and I had not met Jillian before. We stayed together the whole way, the course is pretty darn flat with a few little rises midway through, we finished with a pace of 12:46, but this run was not about pace, it was truly about gals bonding...
The bling is pretty, and the shirt is a lovely shade of purple...good stuff.
We stopped in Portsmouth at The Friendly Toast on the way back for more eats, and I had an awesome Cinnamon Raisin French Toast. Really neat place, and we've determined we want to make a gals weekend trip down when the weather gets warmer. Heather, who was kind of antsy about this race, as I pretty much talked her into it, has said that she's ready to run it again next year. Here's a pic of the bling and shirt, the pic doesn't do the shirt justice, it's a gorgeous shade of purple...I just love it.

Note, evidently the Hamptons got rain for the most part today....but here at home, we've had snow since late last night and the drive home today would have really been no fun if the race had gone on today as scheduled.

Next race on the schedule is the Chamberlain Half in two weeks...race registration fees go toward scholarships for Fallen Soldiers and the race starts at one of our National Guard unit's armory...I'm looking forward to it!

In other news, I started going to CrossFit toward the end of January and am really enjoying it...and I'm still trying hard to stay on track with healthy eating...the sweets monster really is a beast...all in all, I'm good, and am looking forward to warmer weather!

Thanks for reading! Keep on Sparkin!
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SPARKNMOM 3/5/2013 10:19PM

    I love reading your race reports!!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/25/2013 1:18AM

    Great pic! You look way tough, running all bundled up with the snowy backdrop! What an inspiring race report! Congratulations and good luck in two weeks!

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