Yesterday I ran the Half Marathon Unplugged in Burlington VT. This is a fun race because it is point to point and a large portion is along a bike path right next to Lake Champlain. There are also some loops through neighborhoods, and there are two starting times at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. The weather was calling for rain/snow and ice/sleet, but thankfully it held off and we primarily only had to deal with wind and cold temperatures. The actual temp was in the mid-30's with a real feel in the 20's.
My goal at the start of the race was to try to keep my average pace between 6:50 and 7:00 minutes per mile depending on the weather and how I felt. My finishing time was 1:31:59, which is an average of 7:00 minutes per mile. I fought hard and did my best for that day, so I am happy with my performance. I was only 17 seconds away from my PR. I just raced a hard 5k two weeks ago and I have a marathon coming up in May, so it was a great run as I don't usually have so many races right in a row. I would love to break 1 hour 30 minutes in the half marathon sometime soon, and I am looking forward to more opportunities in the future.
Several hours before the race, I had a banana with peanut butter and toast with strawberry jelly. Closer to the race start, I ate a Clif bar and some energy blocks. Immediately post-race, I had a piece of coffee cake (thanks Mom!). For dinner last night, we had a wonderful piece of salmon, mashed potatoes, and salad. We have also been enjoying some of the BEST double chocolate cookies from King Arthur Flour. Yum!
Tomorrow is the Boston Marathon, and I am very excited to watch the race. There is an incredible American field including Shalane Flanagan (winner of the 2017 NYC Marathon and on the 2016 US Olympic Marathon team), Molly Huddle (American record holder in the 10k and half marathon), Des Linden (6th Boston Marathon and on the 2016 US Olympic Marathon team), and Jordan Hasay (third place finisher in the 2017 Boston Marathon and fastest American marathon debut). It will be quite the race!
I ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2017. In 2015, it was freezing and raining (similar to what the conditions will be tomorrow). In 2017, it was in hot and sunny (I will never forget running through the fire hydrants they opened to cool us off). The course is challenging, but the crowds and atmosphere are unbeatable. It is truly an experience of a lifetime.