Third visit to Lone Gull race and its gorgeous course along the ocean. Last year, I traveled to Lone Gull with biking neighbor Kevin and his friend Howard and they had PR races, so this year Kevin wanted to try for another PR. Traffic delays resulted in getting to Gloucester late, then seeing a huge line of cars for Good Harbor Beach parking, we strategically ditched the car at a shopping plaza and ran past the traffic to registration. It worked out as a perfect warm-up and warm-down after the race. The only down side was not having warm clothes nearby, so unfortunately no post race recovery in the ocean.
Lining up closer to the front and a more aggressive first mile than last year were helpful as I paced Kevin the first 2 miles. I pulled ahead as he grabbed water and I kept pushing hard, trying to chase familiar targets like Lisa Doucett and John Kleschinsky. Scott Mason kindly took my gloves which I tossed his way. There was a bit of wind, but it was great weather for running. I didn’t feel like I had much “kick” at the end when I finally got to the 6 mile mark… that big house on the ocean, slight uphill and in to the finish line, but I kept strong.
I saw Tina Dowling & Glen Simm and some other friends I had not seen in a while. The running community is full of so many fantastic people. Checking the results, I was very pleased with my faster than expected pace and Kevin had scored his PR! Yay! The race shirts weren’t bad, so we retrieved where we’d quickly stashed them behind a rock (and pricker bush) while dashing to the start.
Crossing back over the beach to post-race festivities… laughing about the sand in everybody’s shoes… it was a tremendously rewarding and successful day. The line for food was ridiculous and anticipating the run back to the car, the better option was to head straight out celebratory seared ahi tuna. Although, not without getting slightly lost and almost running out of gas, but that’s just part of the adventure.
Full race results
7:35, 7:49, 7:31, 7:52, 7:38, 9:31 (final 1.2)
47:58 (watch); 48:00, 7:44 (gun); 48:10 7:46 (chip)
Whirlaway Women’s Masters, Women’s Seniors and Men’s Seniors all placed first, yay!!
Whirlaway Men’s Masters 3rd, Men’s Open 4th and Women’s Open were 6th in an extremely competitive field.