Seacoast Half Marathon Recap

If you follow me on instagram, Facebook or Twitter you may already know the end result of the Seacoast Half Marathon. If not, or you just want to know the details, here we go!

Sunday morning I woke up just before 6. I wanted to get in my usual pre-race oats early enough. Temps were around 40 degrees with race time approaching 45-50. Usually I plan my outfit days in advance but this time I randomly chose a long sleeve shirt with a lululemon tee over it and my favorite lululemon skirt. I knew I’d be cold at the start but quickly warm up.

Ron and the kids were driving down to the race with me. Most of the next hour and half was wrapped up in getting everyone dressed and fed before heading out the door. We had gone boot shopping for the kids the evening before. For some reason they absolutely LOVE their new boots and were more than happy to put them on. With no complaints, we made it out the door at our intended time. That never happens!

Despite knowing quite a few people running the race, I only saw a coworker/friend before lining up. My running buddy and I were planning to meet up before but we never connected. So I lined up alone behind the 8:30 pacer, slower than I intended to run but I wanted to hold back for the first few miles.

Miles 1-8 were awesome. I felt great.ย  I chatted with a few other runners, took in the ocean sights and just ran.

In previous years of doing this race, I’ve bonked around mile 9. Like clock work, it happened again. I knew Ron and the kids would be waiting for me around mile 10 so I tried to push. Seeing them hopefully would give me a little charge.

Avg Pace
1 8:21.6 1.00 8:22
2 8:07.9 1.00 8:08
3 7:59.7 1.00 8:00
4 8:07.8 1.00 8:08
5 8:01.0 1.00 8:01
6 8:09.0 1.00 8:09
7 8:15.8 1.00 8:16
8 8:02.1 1.00 8:02

They spotted me and starting shouting, “MAMA!” L jumped up and came running towards me for a big hug. One of the guys behind me said, “Now that’s a reason to stop!”

One more hug for A.

I tossed my gloves to Ron and said, “I’m bonking big time!” I gotta go.

Seeing my crew gave me a little spark to finish. If they could hang out in the cold for almost 2 hours just to see me 20 seconds, I could keep going. Miles 11- 13.1 are tricky. It’s a gradual hill climb before a big hill climb. It never fails to suck the life out of any runner.

Avg Pace
9 8:23.6 1.00 8:24
10 8:29.2 1.00 8:29
11 8:44.8 1.00 8:45
12 8:34.4 1.00 8:34
13 8:34.5 1.00 8:35
14 2:02.3 0.28 7:20

Unofficial time: 1:49:53. Just barely got my A goal but got a nice shiny PR!

After I crossed the finish line, I was expecting to see my crew. As I searched the crowd for them, I stood up on my tip toes and promptly got the biggest cramp in my left calf that I’ve ever had. Usually when I’ve gotten cramps in my calves I can at least put my toes down on the ground and slowly work my heal down to ease it out. Not this time! I fell to the ground immediately when I tried to put weight on it. How embarrassing! Thankfully, a nice man was walking by and helped me up so I could get to something sturdy to stretch it out. Just another Runner’s Problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

I got to catch up with some of my friends race results. I didn’t have my phone/camera with me so no pictures. Blogger fail! Big CONGRATS to Karen for rocking her race! She’s another awesome twin Mama PLUS she has two older boys who are 6 and 4. WAY TO GO!!!

Finally, I found my crew. It was the absolute cutest when the kiddos saw me. A exclaimed, “Mama was racing!” L said “Yay Mama!” Totally melted my heart! I hope I made them proud.

I had a great time and am so happy I got my PR. I now need to work on that bonking out problem at mile 9. Grrrr!

The winner of the Banjees Wrist Wallet is:

#45 TriGirl

Congrats! Please contact me ASAP with your mailing information so I can forward it to Sprigs.

17 comments on “Seacoast Half Marathon Recap

  1. Fantastic job! So happy for you. And there’s something about mile 8 in a half–always my tough spot, too.

    LOVE the picture of you with the kids at the end–such a great feeling when you see them after a great race.
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  2. congrats!!! love those family hugs. and i’ve totally been there with the cramps. usually when it’s cold and i don’t realize i’m dehydrated. ya know?

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