New Paltz, New York
Half Marathon State #38
Start Time: 6am
Temperature: 45 degrees
Division Place: N/A
Gender Place: 2/24
Finish Time: 2:10:09
The motel options in New Paltz were limited. I decided to try AirBnB for the first time. We had the best luck, staying 15 minutes from the Ulster County Fairgrounds where the race was held. If you need a quiet place to stay in New Paltz, I can't recommend Joyce and her house enough.
|Or day 2, depending on your point of view.|
|We had matchy blue shirts on, but alas no photo of them.|
The course was a twisty, deliciously flat out and back smack dab in the middle of the fairgrounds. 10 out and backs = half marathon, 20 out and backs = full marathon.
|First turn, right after the start/snack table.|
|Erika running away from me in the cattle barn.|
I really like the medal from this series. I was glad to be done as the temps started to rise.
|Honestly, best bling.|
|Even bought some K cups to carry home. Decaf, because I am a delicate flower.|
|Snack table before her last lap.|
The great part about the Mainly Marathons races is no one cares who wins. There is even a prize for the last place finisher. Other runners are encouraging, but everyone who is out there is doing some different amazing thing. 5 marathons in 5 days? Lots of people did them all. 50 halfs in 50 States? Sure, what state is this for you?
But, the neatest thing was to see two other Marathon Maniacs and how excited they were for Erika as she finished two fulls in two days, to qualify for their club. They even had a sign for her to hold up in celebration (and maybe shots of Fireball that she opted not to partake in).
Post race, we had a 6 hour drive back to Washington, DC. I spent the night at Erika's house, then boarded a plane at 6am for NYC, then a second flight to Portland. East coast trips are tough, I hate the time change, but am thrilled to be places I have never been to before.
Next up? State #39, Massachusetts and the Boston Run to Remember on 5/24/15.