Yesterday morning started bright and early (and chilly…it was still 32 degrees when we started running) with a
brutal glorious half marathon. It really was a beautiful morning.
BEFORE THE RACE
The race was Nikia’s Nippy Nor’easter Half Marathon and Relay and the proceeds went to the organization “Back on my Feet.”
Mission, Vision, and Philosophy
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national non-profit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they seem themselves so they can make real change that results in employment and independent living.
Since this race was pretty cheap and the proceeds go to a good cause, the swag bag was just a reusable grocery bag with chapstick, some coupons, and these awesome headbands.
Great pic, huh?
DURING THE RACE
The race started with .63 miles of rolling hills until we got onto the NCR Trail. Once we hit the trail, we went 5.92 miles north and then turned back around. Since the race was pretty small, everyone spread out within a few minutes and it was a very pleasant run. There were 3 aid stations and since it was an out and back course, we passed each station twice. They had water, Gatorade, and Gatorade energy chews. I had the orange flavor…they were pretty tasty, provided a boost of energy, and they didn’t get all stuck in my teeth like some similar products have ;-P.
Added bonus…beautiful scenery.
I felt pretty strong for the first half of the race. Everything was feeling pretty good and I felt confident. However, at about mile 7 I felt my body saying, “why are we running this far, you didn’t train for this!” The good news is that nothing hurt, like injury hurt, I just had the normal aches and pains that go along with running 13 miles. I went into it as a run to get some miles under my belt and I did not want to worry about the time. However, when I crossed the finish line I was disappointed at the time. I just have to think about it like this…
I’m happy to report that my blister-prone feet did just fine the Brooks Pure Flow 2’s and my legs and body feel fine today…aside from normal soreness.
AFTER THE RACE
The post-race snacks included apples, oranges, pretzels, bagels with peanut butter/cream cheese, water, and Gatorade. I enjoyed half of a bagel with peanut butter (the bagel was pretty hard due to cold temp!) and I took an apple for the road.
Me, Frank, Meg, and Frank’s dog Buddy. Meg placed first in the 20-29 age group and Buddy was the first K-9 finisher!
It was a fun race and I am glad that I decided to run it…and I’m trying not to be too hard on myself about my pace. Time to look forward to my next race which is next weekend :).