Maine Coast Half Marathon: 1:47:59

I signed up for the Maine Coast Half back in March, but ended up on the wait list. The first week of April, I got in, so my husband and I planned a mini trip to Portsmouth, NH. My husband managed to fit in a few business meetings and I roamed around the city. We’ve been before and love the quintessential New England town with a fantastic restaurant scene. The other two times I’ve visited were to attend author presentations by  Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. Sue Monk Kidd was in town last night, but I wanted to get back to the hotel for an early bedtime.    

       

popover stuffed with scrambled eggs

   

Runner’s Alley

    
Then I ran the race this morning, again as a training run with no taper and covering up my GPS watch. I’m not thrilled with my splits. I could feel that I took the first several miles too fast but my legs didn’t seem to know how to chill out. I’ll have to be more careful of that in the future. I didn’t run out of gas, but it did take a toll and made miles nine and ten less than what I’d have liked. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold sub-8 minute miles for a half before the end of the year (and with a proper taper and not coming off a 55 mile week), but I’m not there yet. 

At any rate, I took almost 2 minutes off the PR from two weeks ago (on a hillier course. Today’s was more rollers) with a 1:47:59 (average pace 8:14/mile), which was good enough for 6th in my age group. The race is still ongoing as I type this, so I’m not sure of the overall participant numbers, but over 1200 were registered for the event, including 2 person relay teams. I came in as #154 overall. Like I said, I didn’t feel as strong as I’d have liked over the last half, but I can’t complain about my overall time. 

Oh, and the important stuff: did you know Lululemon Outlet stores exist? We went to one in Kittery yesterday, but despite having a lot of inventory, they didn’t have anything I wanted in my size. 😟

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23 thoughts on “Maine Coast Half Marathon: 1:47:59

  1. Thanks for brining us along for the trip. It was fun seeing the places you visited, and popover and fruit looks delicious! I’m impressed by how much you’re learning about yourself and what works and doesn’t work for you in your running. Go you!

  2. Amazing job on your race!!! Gorgeous pictures, too. You’ll get that sub-8 this year for sure!I Omg the Lulu thing – yes, I knew that and it is DANGEROUS. There is one 2 hours from me and I’ve driven there just to go to Lulu. PROBLEM!

  3. Darlene says:

    Congrats. Oh I love Sue Monk Kidd’s books!! I heard there was one in Woodbury Commons too – but never been. Sounds like a nice race…have to add it to my list.

  4. TR says:

    Congrats! That is impressive to be able to ‘feel’ what is happening. Thank you for the pics, I’ve never been to New England and would love to visit the area.

  5. Bravo! And after a 55 mile week?!?! Damn Girl. You’re killing it. Loved your photos. It’s such a pretty place. And yes, Lulu outlets are the Devil. And I would totally arm wrestle you for that stuffed pop over. 🙂

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