The race temperature was around 50, perfect for singlet & gloves. The Sportplex is a fun race venue in Bedford with an INDOOR finish on soft turf, right through inflatable Millennium arch!! Love it. I parked off site and the distance was ideal for my warm-up and I greeted other runners along the way. Smooth number pick up and gorgeous ¼ zip long sleeve shirts! Women’s small!
Saw many friends and even Dave Tyler and Lisa Hodge, who I hadn’t seen in years. I wore Newton “Distance” shoes (from 2012) because my ankle strength has been improving so much, I’m getting to re-introduce them. Embarrassingly, I haven’t been doing much running, no speed work, and instead of feeling ready to race, on the day prior to the race I seriously felt like the “Michelin Man” ugh! Some runners are so driven, prepared, focused, lean — Garmins — ranking — win or die!! Conversely, I was laughing with a chick who said she was “running for tequila.”
I went through pre-race routine, tried to think positively and hey, I’m in this for the fun, friends, getting in a few miles, oh and some Muscle Milk. We were off and I ditched my gloves ½ mile into the race. Around 1.5 miles on this out and back course, I saw John Mortimer driving the Millennium lead car while filming us racing!
The lead male was way ahead and friend Tammie Robie was running super for women. I couldn’t find an extra gear and didn’t feel like I was moving very fast… but at least Pat Bourgault was still in sight. A nice downhill towards the Sportplex and unlike last year, I knew where we entered. I turned the final corner to view the gorgeous inflatable Millennium arch finish line!!! I felt the soft turf underfoot, kicked with anything I had, and couldn’t believe the most incredibly enthusiastic, complimentary shout out from Jamie Staton (WMUR sports director)
Hit my watch, yah, wow, wow, wow!! A “work campus” runner had heard my name in the generous shout-out and introduced herself. I loved talking with her and her Swedish boyfriend. Coronas and Margaritas weren’t on my agenda, so I visited with a few more friends, grabbed Muscle Milk for later, two bites of Portland Pie pizza and did my warm-down.It was barely beginning to sprinkle… another fabulously done Millennium event, even the weather!!
On the way home, I was thrilled to accomplish a bunch of errands (smart cover for new Apple Air2!!!)
I didn’t check the results, but my thoughtful friend said I would have been 2nd in AG, if I were 2 weeks older… I finally checked my results the next day 7:16, 22:33