Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend!
As promised, I’m back with a recap of Sunday’s Run to Remember. This race consisted of a half marathon and 5-miler, both of which took you on a nice tour of downtown Boston. A coworker of mine had connections to the race organizer and was able to get us some free entries in exchange for volunteering. I knew it was a little close to Delaware to be hopping back into a half marathon, but I figured I would be more than OK doing 5 miles.
Of course, then I strained my hamstring on Thursday… I spent the days in between icing, taking ibuprofen, and resting my leg. By Sunday morning, it seemed to be feeling much better. It didn’t bother me at all walking, which was a definite improvement from Friday. I figured I would start the race conservatively, see how it felt, and potentially push the pace a bit from there.
I was glad the 90 degree temps we experienced the day before were gone, but it was actually a little chilly at the start! The race begins and ends at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, so there was quite a breeze off the water.
If I had really wanted to race this, I definitely would have needed to line up closer to the front. There was quite a bit of congestion as we wove through Boston’s narrow streets. I was probably running around 9:50 through that first mile, and that was just because I couldn’t find the room to go faster, even if I’d wanted to!
I felt really good through the first mile, so I decided to pick it up a bit. In an ideal world, I would have loved to have aimed for splits just about 20 seconds slower than my 5k pace, but I didn’t want to risk it. As it was, my competitive nature had me running faster than I probably should have.
Now, my Garmin seriously struggles with maintaining a satellite signal running in Boston, so I don’t know how accurate my mile splits are for this race. For example, at one point, I looked at my watch and it was telling me I was running a 4:45 minute pace. LOL. There’s no way in hell I was running that fast.
Mile 2- 8:22 (maybe).
Course Map courtesy of the Boston Run to Remember website.
Right by the Boston Common, the half marathoners split from the 5-milers. It felt like the first time in a REALLY long time that I was one of the people doing the shorter distance! Normally, I love the half marathon distance, but on Sunday, I was pretty psyched to be only doing 5 miles. I kept running, soaking in the feeling of being able to run in the middle of the streets that are normally so jam-packed with traffic when I see them during the week. The course took me through some parts of Boston that I know really well (near North Station, and around the Financial District), and then other parts I was much less familiar with. Mile 3 – 8:06 (again, not really sure I believe that).
For the last 2 miles, I tried to pick up the pace even more. I could feel my hamstring – it didn’t exactly hurt, but it wasn’t normal either. I focused on runners up ahead of me and just concentrated on picking them off, one by one. Maybe I had just started too far back in the pack, but I definitely had a lot more speed left in me than the runners in my vicinity. Mile 4 – 7:00 according to Garmin, but this was in a section right around the Financial District with some seriously tall buildings, so I’m guessing that’s 15-30 seconds off from my true pace.
In the last mile, we headed back into the Seaport District, with a nice downhill. There were a decent number of spectators along this stretch and all the cheering was a nice change from the rest of Boston which was extremely quiet on this cool and cloudy Sunday morning.
I could see the finish line and all the American flags in the distance, and I continued to push hard, passing some more runners in the last half mile. Mile 5 – 7:32 by Garmin, 6:47 by Strava, so maybe my true pace was somewhere in between? Either way, a solid effort for my last mile.
After crossing the finish line, all the runners were funneled back into the Seaport World Trade Center where they had TONS of post-race food, vendors, and bag check. Considering it was such a cool morning, it was kind of nice to be back indoors where it was warm. They had a great variety of food and my absolute favorite – chocolate milk!! Haha, I was so happy to have it especially since I never got my chocolate milk after Delaware. It’s definitely the little things in life. 🙂
I hung out for a while, and finally checked my results. My official time was 41:25, which comes out to an average pace of 8:17/mile. I was also 31 out of 499 runners in my age group! If I had been 100% uninjured, I think I could have done better, but given the circumstances, I’m happy. I think this gives me a good sense of my baseline and how I can work to improve for the half marathons I have coming up later this summer (*Hint – my mom and I have another state planned!!!)
The medals were also really cool at this race – The circular piece in the middle is actually a “coin” that is magnetized to fit into the medal itself. They had different coins to represent Police and Fire.
Overall, this was an awesome race – very well-organized, great expo, and a cool course that did a great job highlighting the city of Boston.