Start Time: 8am
Temperature: 55 degrees
Division Place (Athena): 40/196
Gender Place: 1717/3897
Finish Time: 2:09:09
|Painted on the sidewalk in Hartford|
At one point it was working out to be a girls' weekend, then husbands got invited. S was tapped to join me, much to his
We stayed at the Hampton Inn in East Hartford, and thanks to Zenaida (I'm so excited to have a bloggy friend I can now refer to as Z!), and her tips about road closures, we opted to walk the 1.2 miles to the race start, at Connecticut's capitol.
|Could that be the Gu on Demand cycling crew?|
|Capitol Building, with tents set up in Bushnell Park for the race.|
|Cops on the lookout. Jess said there were two units set up like this.|
|I found Z just before the start. Jess and I didn't find each other pre race.|
1. Pre race, one of my favorite songs, Sweet Caroline, was played over the loudspeaker. Up on a hill, a drill team was dancing to it, for our enjoyment. What a fun and unique way to get the crowd excited for the start.
2. In the corral, behind us a girl was crying. Z asked her if she was okay. Just nerves she said. Yikes! Someone was taking this race quite a bit more seriously than I was.
3. I ran my race alone and the music on my iPod was set up perfectly. The best songs came on just when I needed them.
4. I was passed by (and then later passed) a man running with one leg and one "blade leg". Very inspiring.
5. There were groups of young boys (under 10 years) running in a pack with a grown up (all wearing matching blue shirts). I found them passing me, then later on the side of the road cheering and high fiving runners. Post race I asked a mom about it. She said they were part of a running club and the kids signed up to run 1 or more miles. They all had race bibs. When they were running, the adult was advising them about staying to one side, etc. So neat, Connecticut.
6. My goal was to keep my pace around 10 minute miles (didn't want to overdo, with Rhode Island waiting for Sunday). My Garmin measured the course a bit long, but I achieved my goal and felt really good post race. Sea level running in 55 degree October temps is awesome.
7. The course has a few hills, but the inclines aren't steep. I thought there were enough to keep it interesting.
8. As I crossed the finish line, a girl was in the process of throwing up. Yeah, someone else who took this race more seriously than me.
9. We were handed nifty see thru water bottles and bags with a few snacks. There was a tent with a huge line for more food, but we skipped it.
I found Jess and her husband (who rocked the 5k) just after I finished.
|Looking good in our October orange.|
Jess graciously offered to pick up my Newport Half race bib, so we didn't have to go to Rhode Island right away. We headed back to Boston, since we had tickets to the Red Sox playoff game!
|One down, one to go for the weekend!|