It was very foggy the night before the race but race morning
was nice and clear.
Another July race done! Today I ran my first race in Rhode Island, a hot sweaty 7 Miler that I expected to have more beach views. That part was disappointing but it did end near The Towers in Narraganesett right on the beach.
If you have really good eyes you can see I am in
this picture taken after the race.
Overall the race was poorly organized with not enough volunteers. It started late and people got lost and ran too far because turns were not well marked. The director apologized and was looking for feedback. Would I do this race again? If I lived close, sure. It was fairly flat and a fun distance. But it is not one I would drive back to.
Once I started out I quickly revised my time thoughts due to the heat. I thought maybe I would finish around 1:05 but I was 1:06:48 with an overall pace of 9:28 according to my new Garmin. My splits were: 8:56, 9:31, 9:53, 9:21, 9:48, 9:35, 9:22. So I stayed under 10 although I got close. I set my sights on a lady in a bright green shirt. I decided I would try to stay with her for two reasons. I was having a hard time staying motivated and this helped me and I didn't know the course and didn't want to get far behind people.
This was a very pretty shady road we were on.
Green shirt lady is ahead of me.
I passed her near a water stop but once I stopped at it she passed me. I had to ask for help from a spectator as it was an unmanned water stop with bottles and I could not get the top off as I was too sweaty. Once back on the course it took me awhile to catch back up to green shirt lady but eventually I passed her and stayed ahead of her the rest of the way. Then I wasn't close to anyone but could see in the distance where they turned so I didn't get lost.
Approaching the finish - I was not smiling
as I was very hot!
My friend, H, came with me and got some shots of
me finishing, always fun to have. She is
the one who got the great shot at the Hampton
Half this winter that I had as my header for quite awhile.
I had thought from looking at the course map that we would be running along the ocean but that never happened. I was carrying my camera so I could get some pictures of it. Oh well. After the race a lady came up to tell me that she set her eyes on me and kept track of my outfit to keep her going. I always like hearing that!
I LOVED my new Garmin. It was so much easier to see my pace as I was running. It is very easy to use. I will have to see how the battery holds up but I love how easy it is to see and use. Big hit.
I did get a tech shirt. The first 50 people registered got one. The people at registration had no idea who the first 50 were and gave them to the people with bibs 1 - 50 even though it appeared the bibs were given out alphabetically. I scored!
Overall I was 95/135 and in my age group I was 4/6. Would have liked to have been higher but still happy overall.
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