|Hello race - half/full training day|
I have been toying with running the Ocean's Run 1/2 Marathon for a year and a half now. I did not register until yesterday. I was lucky enough to have a certificate that covered the entry fee which I won at the Girls on the Run fundraiser 5k that I did back in June with my youngest. So yesterday I just had to drive about 45 minutes to the registration site and take care of the registration. Here is a hint: If they don't give you a course map, but they have a map out at registration, take a photo of it on your phone so you can consult it at will before the race!
|Here we are hiking out to the start line near the beach.|
|Oh yeah! There is an ocean at Ocean's Run! Hello Atlantic/Long Island Sound!|
|1st race photo tweet|
For the last mile I challenged another runner to the finish line. He was throwing in walk breaks and his friends were acknowledging that this was not his best effort, but I let him know I expected him to beat me. He totally looked like he had it in him. Then when he announced that he would run it in with me I pointed out the finish area within our sight and told him to go for it! He did! I finished right behind him. Funny that we were 249 and 250!
|249 & 250|
|Looks like I finished as the 23rd woman. My final rankings were Div/Tot 10/33 and Sex/Tot 23/81. |
1st in my Div was 1:30:08. 2nd was 1:34:08. 3rd was 1:36:47. Those ladies are fast!
My plan was always to double back on the course and put in some extra miles (exact amount undetermined). So I did. Early in the race I was surprised to see a friend was running the race when I passed her coming and going around mile 2.5, but I figured that I would run it back to her and then join her to the finish. I ended up putting in 16.5 today. I am coming off 3 weeks of illness so this was my first effort to reestablish my marathon training distance for October 14th at the Amica Marathon in Newport, RI and 2 weeks later at the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. It was a great run. I learned a few things and I practiced running past the 1/2 marathon finish line, which is exactly what I will have to do in Newport.
|Go Linda! She always has a great costume on to liven up race day!|
|A second finish line photo! My medal was safely tucked in my pouch!|