I took this photo at mile three. At this point, I was still feeling pretty good. The crowd was starting to stretch out a little, as you can see in this “selfie.”
I decided to run without music or water. I carried a couple packages of Cliff power gels and my phone, which stayed in its pouch for the run except for this quick self portrait. The Runkeeper app was chirping at me; took me a while to realize that every two minutes it was giving some sort of pacing information. I took the phone out to quiet it, and replied to a text message with this self portrait. Finally got it to shut off… I have no idea what pace goal it was comparing my effort to.
I decided to run without music or audio cues, just listened to my body, paid attention, and went for it. What a race! Under two hours… official time = 1:59:52.9, or 9:09 pace. As the race wore on, I continued to pick up the pace. Started the first two miles at 9:32, and steadily increased it over the next eleven miles.
Here’s a shot prior to going out. Claire and I got out of the wind on the band stage where a bunch of runners were preparing; stretch, hydrate, relax, repeat.
We stopped for a sandwich and soup on the way home, I foam rolled, took an ice bath, and slept a couple hours. With apologies to Smuttynose (who sponsored the race – thank you!), we shared some Octoberfest from the Portsmouth Brewery. We watched the Patriots lose then enjoyed an epic dinner of pork shanks with crispy butternut squash ravioli, broccoli, onion rings, and a spinach salad with vinaigrette for dinner. Oh, my…
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