Kurt and I like to incorporate races into our Vacations. We were planning to go to Maine this summer, and Kurt was excited to find a half marathon near the small, rural Maine town where he grew up. So we signed up.
I’m supposed to be increasing my base mileage in preparation for fall marathon training, but because I’ve been running so many races (and for other reasons, too) my weekly mileage has not been building the way it should be. So, I decided to make the week leading up to the half marathon a higher-mileage week and just treat the race as a training run.
We stayed with Kurt’s parents at their camp in Canaan the night before the race. The Dunkin’ Donuts in Canaan opens at 5am on Sunday morning (4am every other day!) so I was able to get some iced coffee on the way to the race. Their slogan is “America Runs on Dunkin,'” which I think is hilarious, but in this case perfectly true.
It was hot out. High 7o’s and humid at the start.
I quickly decided that even though I was supposed to be running this as a training run, I still wanted to run it pretty hard, because looking at last year’s times, I had a pretty good chance of placing. (Not Smart! Do as I say, people, not as I do!)
So when the gun went off, I settled in at a fast-ish pace.
It was hot.
The first several water stations had only water. The first Gatorade I saw was at mile 8, and by then I was already starting to fade.
By mile 10, I was walking. In a half marathon. WALKING!! Yikes.
People were passing me. One guy caught up to me and said that I’d been pacing him the whole way, and that I needed to keep running. I tried, but soon had to tell him to go on.
Just before mile 12, he started walking and I caught up to him. I told him he had to keep running, and he took off! I couldn’t keep up with him.
I finished in 2:04:10.
I was so over-heated that I had goosebumps. I grabbed a bottle of water and found Kurt lying in the shade. The heat had really gotten to him, too.
In hindsight, I really wish I would have stuck to my original plan and just run easy. I think if I’d started at a 9 minute/mile pace I probably would have done better. Instead, I started too fast and completely crashed. I hope you learn from my mistakes!
Kurt finished first in his age-group, so we stuck around for him to pick up his $25 cash prize.
But rallied enough to tackle the 6-flavor adventure series ice cream sampler at Gifford’s.