Wednesday, April 20, 2011

1/2 Marathon Prep for Boston

This is an overdue post intended to capture a few notes from the Quincy Half Marathon held on March 20, the same day as the New Bedford Half Marathon. A major difference, other than Quincy being closer to home, is the competition being less fierce. On this day I ran 1:23:32 as 4th Master and 17th Overall. This time at the New Bedford Half Marathon would have place 192nd overall.

The day was sunny and breezy. Along the water of Wollaston Beach the wheels started to come off, mile three, headwind, while searching for fluids. The hill out on Squantum, mile 5, took me down losing running places and finding myself running as a straphanger to everyone coming along. Around 8 miles a water bottle was made available from a fan, shortly after around ten miles another steep hill.

A smaller faster field, runners more spread out, brought uncertainty for course direction in the later miles as the volunteers seemed to think we all knew which way to go at their intersections. A few ran off course, luckily I stayed on track.

I would run this race again, especially now knowing the course. Excellent race management and an awesome catered meal after with good soup.

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