I love this half marathon. It was my first half marathon back in 2010 and I performed so much better than I ever could have expected back then. I had such a positive pain free day and I was cheering everyone on as I ran through the streets.
This year, the best way to describe this year would be BONKED. Although I got to see my good friend Amy for a little at the beginning and end, I just wasn’t mentally in the game this year. I had been feeling icky all week and had taken a light training week because my quads were wrecked from running down the Kinsmans. Had this been my first half, I would have been thrilled with the time. Because it was my 3rd of the year, I was disappointed, but happy to have done it.
I didn’t get many pictures, but rest assured it was a perfect bluebird day on the New Hampshire coast. The beach was gorgeous and the water flat. The temperature was a great 40F with just a slight breeze. I started off in my Nike Pants, Sparkly hearts long sleeve shirt, pineland farms short sleeve shirt, vest and some light gloves. I finished with the long sleeve tied around my waist.
I felt pretty good at first, I was happily running 9 1/2 min/miles. But it wasn’t long before I was feeling my left ankle and it wasn’t a good feeling. I had to stop 3 times to stretch it out.
The course is interesting, we start off along the coast, veer off into some residential areas (including a wooded area), come back out to the coast, head back in for about a mile and finish the last 2.5 miles on the coast. It’s not flat as a pancake, but pretty close for New England.
My biggest problem that lead to the bonk was nutrition. I ran out of fuel. They say you should have a gel (or food of some kind) every 45 minutes to an hour. I didn’t get a gel till mile 8. I pretty much knew I didn’t have great reserves around mile 6.
Yes, it’s an excuse, but in my head it was a huge problem. I had to start a lot of self talk. Once you get to 7 miles you’ll be over half ay there. Once you get to 9 miles, it will only be 5 miles to go. Once you get to 10 miles, it’s only a 5k, you can do a 5k in your sleep. Maybe if I had had a gel earlier on, I would have been able to hold onto that gel as a safety blanket.
Note to self: always bring a gel to a half, you never know when the first aid station to carry them will be.
Overall, I still finished and I still enjoyed the race. My left ankle did not but it does not get a vote in this blog post. I got a seashell shaped medal, some soup and a cup of beer for my effort. It was worthwhile, especially on such a stunning day. For next weekend’s half I definitely need to bring a better attitude, some gel and somehow con the weather into staying nice.
For the year: 3 half marathons, 2of12 months done for #12half12