All Women & One Lucky Guy Recap

What? All Women & One Lucky Half Marathon

Where? Newburyport, MA

When? September 14, 2014 9 am

Yes I realized that September 14th was a long time ago, but bear with me as I play catch up. And this was a great race! I ran it with a few of my friends and we left around 6:30 to get to the race with plenty of time. I don’t think it actually hit me that I was running a half marathon until about half way there. I wasn’t even really sure I wanted to run since I was in the middle of marathon training and didn’t want to risk injury and it was suppose to be a long run (like 22 miles…) weekend.

This race is exactly what it sounds like; it is all women and one lucky guy gets a chance to run the race as well. These chances are bought through raffle tickets and the winner is announced a few weeks before. This year’s lucky man was very excited. His story can be ready here.

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We got to the starting area and picked up our numbers in the high school. It was a lot cooler than I expected it to be, but it was on the coast so I’m not sure what I was thinking. The race started on time (always a plus) and the course took us around scenic Newburyport.

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It was nice having a loop where the last section repeats itself so I knew was to expect at the end. The course had a few larger hills that definitely caught some women off guard. These small hills lasted until mile 8. From then on it was a nice coast to the end. Elevation

At first I was worried I got out too slow and I was having a hard time finding a pace I liked. It had been about two years since I had last ran a half marathon so I felt like it was my first all over again. By around the 3rd and 4th mile I was feeling like my old self… only a lot faster than I had ever been. I just decided to go with it and it actually felt like a pace I could keep up with. At some point, I think it was about half way, they handed out vanilla Hammer gels. Those things are delicious I slurped  mine right up. I had never had that kind before and I must say that I was impressed! It tasted like a marshmallow and settled well in my stomach. There was a water stop right after the gel, and a few others along the way that I paid no attention to because I’m an idiot and had no interest in staying hydrated.

The hills until allowed me to pass a lot of people. I used short powerful strides that helped me get up and over. I didn’t drive the course before so I just prayed that I would meet downhills, and I did. These downhills really helped me loosen my legs up and feel like I was floating.

10405653_10152654150299627_9084234061869802700_nIt looks like I’m running by myself… because for most of the race I was. I think one person passed me in the last few miles and catching up to the next group was a little out of hand so I finished strong by myself. I ended up 14th with a time of 1:41:47. A half marathon PR in the books right here! I was also second in my age group winning me some socks and a hat. There were only 225 that ran it this year which was a lot lower than the 800 + in past years. I didn’t mind. The less people the less chaotic things seem to be at races.

After the race, they had a lot of great sponsors set up. They included Zico coconut water, Luna bars, Newton shoes, Hint water, and Stoneyfield yogurt. Needless to say, I stocked up on snacks for the week. They also served chicken salads that were delicious!

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Overall, it was a successful and beautiful day for half marathon!

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