They added running the stadium ramps to the 10K course of the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 at Gillette Stadium this year. Ultimately, that's what did me in. Well, that and the ungodly heat.
But, once again, this race was a ton of fun despite the heat (thank you people of Foxborough for hauling out your hoses and spraying us hot, sweaty runners down!), and although I didn't set a personal record, I still beat my previous pace.
My time last year: 1:15. This year? 1:05.
So overall? Great day.
Here are some highlights:
I got to play tour guide
I knew a LOT of people running this race this year. And having run it last year, I got to play tour guide to two friends of mine who were newbies to the race (one a former co-worker from Maine and one of my running gurus, and the other, none other than Mr. #ProjectAdam himself: Adam Salsman. As much as I was looking forward to running across the finish line on the 50 yard line on the field, I was even more excited for my newbie friends.
I ran next to Boston running legends
I was hot. I was tired. But at about mile 4, I found myself coming up on Dick and Rick Hoyt. I have been watching the Hoyts run in the Boston Marathon since I was a young girl (who had no interest in running), and I have always been inspired by them and the fact that they just keep going. No matter what. What's also awesome is that when a group of runners came upon Team Hoyt (including myself), we all instinctively clapped and cheered them on: Because that's what runners do ... we cheer for anyone willing to take on any challenge.
No matter how long you've been running, heat can suck the life from you
Most of the people I am friends with who ran said it was one of their slowest races ever -- not just because of the added ramp-factor, but also because of the extreme heat. Although I was well-hydrated and carried my own water with me during the race and dumped water over my head at every water stop, I knew I should not push too hard this race simply because I wanted to finish. I didn't want to go out too fast and then just lose steam and bonk out. So, instead, I tried to keep a steady pace that was a touch slower than I knew I could maintain and just cranked. I am glad I did, too, because I saw people start to walk at mile 2. I'd rather play it safe with the heat instead of grabbing that PR.
How about you? How was your Fourth of July? Did you exercise at all?