Leading up to marathons, I like to run a half-marathon to gauge where my fitness levels are and to figure out what a realistic goal will be for my looming full 26.2.
The Last Chance for Boston is a race that is run on a 1 mile loop course. Sounds monotonous and boring, but it is flat and fast, and it is held very close to my mom’s house, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me. All I had to pay for was my race entry sure beats airfare, hotel costs, meals at restaurants, etc.
I wasn’t really sure how to dress for the day, I packed outfits for every scenario, but ultimately went with running tights, a long-sleeve shirt and my No Meat Athlete shirt over top, gotta represent the veg heads and gloves. After the first few miles I was drenched, I easily could have gotten away with shorts. Damn.
Also, I started out WAY too fast. My first mile was 6:50ish. UGH, what was I thinking?! The rest of the race I stayed between 7:20 and 7:35 pace. I really wanted to stay around 7:20 the entire race, but a few slower miles snuck in there. The one negative about this course – it is a mile loop, so if at any point you get in your zone and lock into a pace, you are eventually going to catch up to a pack of people going at a slower clip. This threw me off my game quite a bit. I have no problem with people going at different speeds, I love everyone no matter if they finish first or last, but I do have an issue with people running 6 a breast and taking up the entire course! Come on people! There is really no need for that.
By the end of the race I was glad to be finished, but I wasn’t really finished. I had a 20 miler on the schedule for the day! With my 4 mile warm-up and 13.1 mile race, I still had 3.9 miles left to run. I really wasn’t feeling it, but some of my favorite running buddies who were not in the race, but were in the neighborhood doing a long run of their own, met up with me and we finished our runs together. They were seriously runner angels sent from above, to help me finish my final 4 miles.
- 1.1: 7:34 (At the beginning of the race you run the extra .1 so the first mile is really 1.1)
- 2: 7:23
- 3: 7:20
- 4: 7:22
- 5: 7:26
- 6: 7:33
- 7: 7:32
- 8: 7:26
- 9: 7:35
- 10: 7:35
- 11: 7:34
- 12: 7:25
- 13: 7:05
My final race time was 1:36:43, not a PR, but it was my second fastest 13.1 to date. I managed an overall pace of 7:23, which was good enough for 5th overall female and 2nd in my age group. It wasn’t the perfect race or the perfect course, but it did give me the confidence boost I needed to see me through the final weeks before Boston!
A special shout-out to my mom, who rolled outta bed at 6:00am to accompany me and be my photographer/keeper of clothing/cheerleader! Love you mom! 🙂