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.
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. 😟