Today was the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-Off race! I heard a race official say the race was capped at 5,000 (registration closed mid-week) so there were probably a few hundred less than that on the course since there are always no shows. Still, a pretty impressive showing.
It was 55' at the 8:30am start, 64% humidity and sunny. A great change from yesterday's rainy and humid weather! I'm pretty happy with my results although my feet did hurt a bit. I woke up with no pain so was a bit surprised when they started hurting right out of the gate even with a dose of ibuprofen. Oh well. That's how it goes. I kept thinking of all the runners in D.C. this morning running the Marine Corps Marathon, including April, hoping they're having as great of a day and feeling good! The race course for today's race finishes at the marathon finish line. It was good to run that last quarter mile, which includes a curve and an uphill. It can be a little deceiving so this was great practice. I can't wait to see all the bleachers full of cheering spectators. I have a feeling that my emotions will get the better of me and I'll have tears in my finish line photo. I guess we'll find out next week, won't we!?
I finished in 47:23 with a 9:28 pace.
Post race brunch at the Boathouse in Central Park with Woody and Gracela!