I had a breakfast that included a muffin and glazed doughnut, not exactly pre race food.
I didn't drink my coffee to "take care of business" before a race.
When we got there more than an hour early it was already crowded. It was a GORGEOUS day - hot for a race but nice! It was a beautiful setting and we had plenty of time to explore.
We had time to pose for an artist's picture.
We had time to see the lighthouse and walk down to the water's edge. There was time to sit on a bench.
We picked up our numbers and hat, a nice change from a shirt. (below the number)
At this point I still didn't know if I was running or walking. (Everyone told me they knew I would run but I didn't know, truly.) I was changing my mind constantly. Then I took a short little run that felt good and my mind was made up. I was going to run.
The next pictures were taken as I was running. My friend, S, who raced also seemed to find it hilarious that I was taking pictures as I ran. Must be she doesn't have a blog!
This part became very shaded and felt great!
We are done and feeling great!
I always love racing on the ocean and this race certainly satisfied that requirement. It was great to run with friends on such a gorgeous day. I was pleased with my time. Hard parts - You really had to weave through the crowd in the beginning. There were a lot of little kids running which is fine but I never quite trust I am not going to get taken out by one!
My splits were:
My overall pace was 9:06. I was 500/1186 and 29 out of 98 in my age group. I am always pleased when I am in the top half of a race. The food was fine, not as good as I remember from earlier years. The race had starting and finishing mats which I am not at all used to in a 5K or many races for that matter. I loved knowing my net time.
This was a perfect post race snack.
We had a long drive home again but stopped at both a Target and an LL Bean outlet. I got a new watch I have been needing and some $10 jeans that I like. This was a hurried get away but very fun. Lots and lots and lots of laughing!
I am going to close with the above. We saw it
on the side of the road and I turned around
to take it.
(From the comments so far not sure everyone gets that Irene is Hurricane Irene
that destroyed so much of Vermont - not someone's wife or something!)