Yesterday I finished my second half marathon at the Yukan Run Triple Threat Half Marathon series! And boy am I beat today!
Yesterday started with a typical pre-run breakfast for me of a peanut butter smoothie & some cinnamon raisin toast.
I took my breakfast to go as we headed to the North Shore for the race. We got there about an hour early since we didn’t know how long it would take to get there and get shuttled to the starting line.
They had a lot of sponsors there, including a Yasso Greek yogurt truck, so I got a coconut frozen Greek yogurt bar while I hung out with the hubby & Beans before the start.
His bewildered little face just cracks me up…
The weather ended up being near perfect for the start of the race. It was overcast, cool, and breezy at around 70 degrees. Perfect, if you ask me! I was really concerned about it being super hot, so that was a real treat.
The race started at 10:15 and was an out-and-back road race course through a neighborhood right along the coast of Cape Ann. The first 5 miles or so went pretty well for me, but I had a lot less energy than I would have liked. I just didn’t sleep much the whole week, and specially the night before the race, so I definitely wasn’t operating at my peak.
I got to run along some beautiful parts of the coast, which made this race really unique. I almost took my phone off my arm band a few times to snap some shots because it was so pretty, but I didn’t want to mess up my groove. But while the hubby was waiting he caught some of these gorgeous shots.
A few spots I ran, I could hear the waves crashing into the rocky beach. It was really pretty!
Around mile 8 or so, I really started to feel bad, though. My lower back was hurting from being hunched over due to all the hills. I really had no idea, but the whole course was crazy hills.
I definitely didn’t PR due to the fact that the course was way harder than I thought it would be and because I was just not physically prepared. My body was low on energy and tired to begin with and I was feeling pretty dehydrated due to the humidity.
I ended up stopping at every water station (every 2 miles) to get water and/or gatorade. I had to walk about a mile of the course at the end because it was just one big hill and I was dead. At about mile 12, I got pretty disappointed because I realized I was way past my time goal. But I knew I just had to push through to the end and finish, no matter what the time ended up being. But I finished with a smile on my face, just glad to cross that finish line.
Here’s an action shot right before the finish line.
I know I’m smiling, but man was I about to die at that point!
My official finish time was 2:21:38. Much slower than I had hoped for, but considering the difficulty of the course, I’m okay with it. I definitely set my expectations too high to PR at this race, but I’ve already let it go.
I was just so happy to be done!
The rest of the day consisted of lots of laziness.
A boat load of Chinese food for dinner…
And Ben & Jerry’s with cookies for dessert…
And we watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I really liked. That’s my kind of evening!
And now today is a super lazy recovery day! Have a happy Sunday, guys! 🙂