The day started off fairly cool and I was hopeful that it would remain that way throughout the morning. Unfortunately the race started at 9:00am, which I think is a bit late for a mid-summer race. I wish they would consider starting it early. I packed up my race bag as well as a cooler full of goodies for after the race, ate my bagel thin with almond butter, downed two preemptive Motrin, and headed to Foxboro. My son Andrew came with me and was on camera duty. I asked him to take some scenic shots while I was out running. Apparently Andrew and I differ on definitions of "scenic".
About 15 minutes before the race started I lined up, and stayed in the 10:00 minute pace area. Within that 15 minutes of standing in the sun, I already had worked up a good sweat and knew that the race was going to be tough for me. I never do well in the heat. We started off and I tried to stick to my slow pace, and kept about a 9:40 pace for much of the first couple miles. I was running amongst all sizes and shapes, shufflers, limpers, stroller pushers, and speed walkers. Less than two miles in I got passed by Captain America. I also got passed by a guy in combat boots and camouflage pants carrying a giant American flag. Although some of this was a little discouraging, I had two main priorities with this race.
- Don't cause further damage to the hip, and require a lift back to the stadium
- Don't get heat stroke and die, and require a lift back to...wherever dead runners go
Officially I have said all along that I didn't have a time goal in mind since my goal was just to finish this race, but my unofficial hope was to finish in less than 60 minutes. My official time was 60:07. I guess maybe I shouldn't have wandered quite so slowly to the finish!
|Ronnie & I after the race. (He hasn't discovered technical fabrics yet)|
Bumped into fellow TVFR member Charlene at the finish line...
Once I finally caught back up with Andrew, we snuck him onto the field so he could feel the experience too.
We met up with more of Ronnie's friends, fellow runners from Papa Gino's. We snapped more pictures before heading out.
|Ronnie with his Papa pals|
Yes, I will most definitely have this race on my calendar for next year too. I'm just going to pray for a cloudy morning!