My 3rd in a row Run to Remember Half Marathon started at 7:00 am this year (thank goodness since the last few years has been so hot and humid so early in the morning). Dustin and I drove to Fabiana’s house at 5:30 and we (Rick and Fab’s friend Fernanda who was also racing) drove to the race together. The Hyannis Half back in February was my last half that I run in 1:35… as always I was gunning to PR at this race!
I left Fabiana and Fernanda at the 9:30 minute mile seeding area and went in front looking for Gina who was as I suspected at the 7:30 pace corral. I didn’t see her since the Boston Marathon and it was great to catch up!
On my way there I ran into one of my girls from the Team in Training Tufts 10K and other few people I knew! I loved it and gave me a great amount of energy. Rick, Dustin and Matt were united to cheer on us…lucky girls! As usual the start was slow and crowded, and I ran my first mile at 7:30 minute/mile, I was a little frustrated and it was a learning for me to start out front even if I have to be by myself. Overall I ran an even split which I think it is actually the first time I do that. I usually start out to fast and end up slowing down the second part of the race. The track workout I’ve been doing pretty consistently for the last month definitely helped to keep the pace!
The first three miles of the race went through downtown Boston by the State House, Government Center, and Faneuil Hall. Around mile 4, we approached Memorial Drive where the course was open to the sun, heat, and humidity of the morning.
- Mile 1: 7:33
- Mile 2: 6:47
- Mile 3: 6:55
- Mile 4: 6:59
My favorite part of the race is running along Memorial Drive. Even though it was hot, I was feeling amazing an miles were just flying by, isn’t that the best feeling ever?! It was on the way back towards Boston that I heard Fabiana, Laura, Allison yelling my name! An officer that was running by me was really surprised by all the people that was cheering on me that commented :”Wow you are famous” Ha ha
- Mile 5: 7:00
- Mile 6: 6:58
- Mile 7: 6:55
- Mile 8: 6:56
Heading toward Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Old State House, the heat started to get to me and lost some speed at mile 10 but picked it again at mile 11.
- Mile 9: 7:00
- Mile 10: 7:15
- Mile 11: 6:58
I knew if I kept it up I was gonna PR, so there I was pushing to reach my goal and finish strong.
- Mile 12: 7:09
- Mile 13: 6:36
When I was approaching the finish line, I saw my honey, Amy, Rick and Matt cheering on me, I sprinted to the finish line and crossed it at 1:32:59…so close to 1:30!
Here is when I saw my loving peeps!
After I was done I went to find Dustin & Co. It was so great to catch up with Amy who I haven’t seen since we moved out of the North End=(
Then there was Gina coming!
Then there was Fabs!
I went to get my girl and ran into Freddie, I was really surprised…what a small world! Congratulation on finishing a great race Freddie! I also saw Allison who completed her first Half Marathon!
And finally here we were going to see our amazing men!
Showing off our medals=)
And of course couldn’t resist but do our infamous jump!
Me and the love of my life!
The two couple! Love those guys!
Here is the 22 years old overall winner that crashed the course at 1:11!
The Female winner was of course in my age group (33 years old) and finished in 1:26…so close=)
Overall time : 1:32:59 my new PR!
Overall Pace: 7:06
Overall Place: 131/5411
Age Group 30-39: 6/1102
Overall Female: 16/3232