I have really conned my sister into becoming a runner and she is becoming a regular on the blog and social media. We signed up for the relay, so we each ran 5 of the 10 miles (although the morning of we each kind of wanted to run the whole 10, even though we didn't plan on it or train for it).
Maybe I should have her write a recap for the second half of this race since that was her section. Kim, what do you think?!
We got to the race with a while to spare so we had time to pick up our bibs and race shirts (awesome long sleeve tech shirts!) and check out Lake Massabesic a little bit. I had never been there before, even though it's not that far from home. It's really pretty, but I was very confused by the fact that boats could go in the water, but there could be no human contact? There were signs telling kayaks to wear rubber boats because no skin can touch the water. I don't understand. Boats seem like they would contaminate drinking water more than human skin...
Anyway.... the race.
We still hadn't decided who was going to run which half, so we rock-paper-scissors'ed it. I got first half. WINNA! I wanted the first half so the sun wasn't as hot yet!
The course started out right at the lake, wandered away a bit, then came back to the water. The first mile or 2 were really flat and I loved running along the water!
We started to wander away from the water into more wooded areas that were HILLY. And I mean HILLY.
It was hot and hilly and hilly. And hilly. Ha! I was trying not to look at my phone to check mileage because I knew all the people around me were about run 10 miles and I was doing 5, so I felt like I didn't have the right to check my running app.
The water stops were life savers! Miles 3 and 4 both had water stops right at the end of a huge hill, so it was awesome to be able to dump water on my head.
Once I got passed the huge hill at mile 4 I was good to go cruising towards mile 5. I could hear the announcer at the halfway point calling out names for people running by, specifically the relay teams so the second runner was ready to go.
I rounded the corner, saw my sister and yelled "I don't know what to do!" and she pointed for me to run off into a parking lot and off she ran.
There was a small tent and bottles of water at the halfway point for the relay teams, but Kim had our bag of stuff there, so I grabbed my own water and stretched for a few minutes before heading to the bus to be shuttled back to the start/finish line.
I missed almost everyone I know crossing the finish line somehow! I was watching and took a picture thinking someone I knew was coming...they weren't. So here's a picture of random people I don't know crossing the finishline :)
I caught Kim running by while I was grabbing a slice of pizza and almost ran 2 ladies over walking and cheering, but no picture. Because walking and cheering were enough to almost cause a collision.
Kim said her half of the race was just as hilly. Doing the whole 10 must be killer here! Next year!
After finishing we got pint glasses and lots of food! Pizza, yogurt, bananas, water and maple water from DrinkMaple, which tasted like carrots. Thank god Kim thought of what it tasted like because we were both saying how it was an oddly familiar flavor, but we couldn't put our fingers on it at first.
We sat around for a while checking results, eating and waiting to see if we placed. There was an issue with the timing on some of the relay teams, so we were waiting around hoping we got top 3. We ended up leaving before they sorted it out and we got 5th out of the female teams.
I had a good time at this race. Next year I definitely want to do the whole 10!
After my 5 miles here I have enough miles at Millennium Running races this year for my series jacket! Victory!
Total Team Time: 1:34:53
first 5 miles (me): 47:00
second 4 miles (Kim): 47:53
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance