This was my second time running the Hyannis Half Marathon - the first time all the way back in 2010, when I was still living in Maine. And my how far I've come... I managed to shave nearly 20 minutes off my time. Not "half" bad! (Ok, that was really bad...) But in all seriousness, I enjoyed today's race and am very pleased with my run!
The day started on a high note with an amazing parking spot right across the street from the finish line. I get major race jitters from pre-race traffic and parking issues, so being able to see the starting line and hear the race announcer from my car kind of made my morning. The little things...
|See you again soon... in 13 miles!|
I remember and had heard from fellow running club members that the bib pickup at Hyannis can be kind of crazy, so I arrived extra early to avoid any issues, but I have to say, it wasn't bad at all! I snagged a long-sleeve tech shirt that I am kind of in love with, and then headed back to the car (did I mention my awesome parking spot?!) to relax before the race.
|So many race shirts... but I love them all!|
The next several miles ran along the shoreline with some long stretches past Hyannis's public beaches, which made for some incredibly scenic but VERY windy miles. I thoroughly enjoyed yet another 50-degree, sunny February day, which provided quite the contrast to last year's Hyannis Marathon, which was cancelled due to a blizzard.
|Love ocean races|
The last stretch to the finish line felt incredible though, as I passed several members of my running club who were volunteering near the finish. The crowd support for the last mile was strong and it kept me motivated. I finished in 3:03:18 - a PR for me! Although not quite the under 2-hour race I had hoped for, I have a lot to be proud of for this one.
|Obligatory medal selfie|
Looking back, I have had a great February with 27.6 race miles, starting with my negative 20-degree wind chill 4.5 miler, followed by last week's 50-degree 10-miler and this weekend's equally warm half marathon. In March, I am looking forward to a few weekends off from racing to build training mileage, and then ending the month with the Eastern States 20-Miler. It's getting real!
|Check out all that race bling!|
What races are you looking forward to in March?
Have you ever done the Eastern States or Run for the Border? I would love any advice!