I wasn't expecting it to be **** especially before I knew I was staying with my cousin. I'll get to that later. Let's start with the race.
Rock and Roll Half Marathon - Providence, R.I.
Before the start.. wearing a new shirt, hat and shorts. Didn't
seem to bother me!
Nice spot to begin and end.
Pluses and Minuses
+ I said I wasn't going to race this race and I didn't! I ran at a very respectable pace and had a great time. I never got exhausted or got that just can't wait for it to be done. I even picked it up a bit the last 3 miles. All of my miles were in the 10s with the fastest being 10:12 (the first no surprise) and the slowest being 10:50.
+ Yes, it was a PW but I'm okay with that. I ran it in 2:20 with my previous slowest being 2:12. But like I said I didn't plan to race it. I could have tried and gotten discouraged and more tired than I want to be before next weekend. Instead I enjoyed the race IMMENSELY. I came into this feeling burned out on halves and not at all excited about doing one. It may really be that I was burned out on long runs since most of mine have had issues mainly GI and chaffing. No fun! I was even thinking I might be done with longer runs and races. Not after today! Everyone should have that much fun in a race!
+ It was well organized. I always always appreciate a well organized race.
One of the bands.....they were every mile........... a pretty clear
indicator another mile was passed!
-There was a band every mile but they were nothing special. Some sounded like they were doing funeral dirges rather than something peppy. The one band that really pumped me up was at Mile 8 playing the Monkees - "I'm a Believer" That was fun! It was a nice distraction from the running so maybe this should be a plus and a minus.
+ Favorite sign - It takes balls to be a runner. All the other sports just play with them.
+ Gorgeous day - great spectators - large race with lots of positive vibes
This is on the last stretch.
A quick self portrait along the way.
+ Nice location - most of the race went through the city of Providence which I don't know at all. We went on lots of cute streets through very pleasant neighborhoods. Some of it was along the water with a small part being a little sketchy - or it would be alone at night. I think we went near where I ended when I rode on the bike path from Bristol last year.
This is from last year on the bike path. We ran right next to
these bridges today.
+ Lots of aid stations - mostly well stocked, gus, lots of medical tents along the way
+Cold, cold chocolate milk at the end - this was spectacular!
+ I like the shirt, the medal is okay but some of the other rock and roll medals seem to be more fun.
+++++ I loved it and for today I loved being a runner again!
Heading to the finish.....
That wasn't the only good part of my weekend. I stayed with my cousin who lives close by in Mass. We didn't grow up together, we lived in different states and she was older than I was. But we have become friendly as adults even though we don't see each other much. I LOVED staying there and spending time with her. We didn't do a lot - but that wasn't what mattered. It was just great to have the time to reconnect. We agreed our mothers would both be so pleased the two of us are friends and stay in touch. She had everything all set up for me to get ready this morning. The best thing was the coffee. Just regular coffee with cinnamon in the filter. Unbelievable. So so so good!
Deb had fun at the Expo......
.......warning me not to put the "hat" on because
it could have lice. But I couldn't resist.
From the gardens at Deb's house. I love the tin
man a friend made her.
Did anything rock your weekend or is there something coming up before summer ends that you can't wait for?