Surf Drive, final few miles
Both feet taped and up at 2:30 a.m. met Doctor Death (Chris Chetsas) and Hillcheck (Dan Hill) at Cataduella in Methuen to follow them to Falmouth. Highway warnings about Hurricane Sandy added to nerves, but you know that Cape Cod Marathon never hands it to you easily. Heading into the adventure of my 10th Cape Cod Marathon, this one with very limited training & foot injuries adding to the challenge.
Teammate, Karen Durante, kindly picked up our race numbers. We walked to Tedeschi for more Red Bull Zero that I’d need later. Visited with teammates before the race & Coach Fernando Braz called with a race plan suggestion to “help others.” Not to the extent of sacrificing my own race, but I found that doing things like giving WRT teammate Brandon Newbould my Body Glide, smiling during race, saying “great job,” pointing to others wearing Newtons and being positive inspired me. One college age dude who was running nearby around 15-19 miles exclaimed, “oh good, there you are!!!” after regaining sight of me. I was making a difference to other runners. It turned out to be brilliant and motivating.
Grateful having so many friends on the course. WRT teammate Chris Spinney even ran with me around 26. But, no, I didn’t buy the line that the wind would be less once I turned the corner!
Although I didn’t use my watch, 2 or 3 course clocks let me know I was ahead of my goal time. Most thankfully, my injuries weren’t stopping me! Turned last corner onto Main Street to see the finish line and Whirlaway and Goon teammates screaming to me… closer, I focused on 3:51 on the clock. I was beyond thrilled. Besides successfully completing 13th consecutive Ironrunner year & 26th marathon, added bonus of being Boston Qualifier #14.
26 miles, photo by Scott Mason
Back at the hotel, the shower had a pounding massage head which I directed on my hardworking quads, then off to awards and those gorgeous (pink for women!) Ironrunner jackets. The jackets were stunning this year and the beauty and significance made even sweeter because of the challenges faced.
At the post marathon party, Courtney and Caroline Bird were honored for their 30 years directing the race, then we danced to Baha Brothers band with post race glow, shaking out tired legs. Exhaustion seems to lend to letting loose for ridiculous amounts of fun. Dancing with teammate Paul Hammond is always a kick and SRR runner Robert Cipriano joined in too.
Courtney Bird, 30 years as Race Director
Then, Doctor Death generously treated Hillcheck and I for tons of insanely delicious sushi. The chef presented one dish, unknown contents, which I’m pretty sure was my first raw octopus!! Great fun!!
Hearing talk about closing the bridges to/from the Cape due to Hurricane Sandy convinced me to be on the road as soon as it was daylight.
USATF NE Grand Prix Team Results: Whirlaway runners finished up a spectacular season with a women sweeping, men’s masters tied for 1st, senior men 1st and open men 4th.
USATF NE Grand Prix Individual Results: Looks like I’ll finish 4th in the individual standings (45-49) and was the only person in my division to score in all 7 of the Grand Prix races! Thanks to DD for compiling this list, I feel very honored to be included. It is extremely gratifying that our efforts are recognized.
Full Marathon Race Results. 26th Marathon, 14th Boston Qualifier, 13th consecutive Iron Runner Year!!!! Yay!!! (3:51:30) 3:51:23 8:50
Congratulations to everyone who ran and thanks so much for the love and support of incredible friends, family, Whirlaway & Goon teammates, coaches Dave Kazanjian & Fernando Braz.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
-Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic