New England Series: Maine
May 15, 2-16
Temp: low 50s, cloudy, and windy
What I wore: hat, short sleeve shirt, arm sleeves, a Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt,
compression socks, and my trusty Altra One 2.5
Sunday was the kickoff of the 2016 Mainly Marathons New England Series in Sanford, Maine. Beer Geek and I had spent the last two days driving up from Virginia – in a Mustang that the rental agency gave us when they didn’t have a compact LOL. It was a bit chilly at the start, but mostly because it was quite windy. I started out on the first lap wearing my Brooks Nightlife jacket, but quickly ditched that at the first opportunity. I spent the rest of the race in short sleeves and arm sleeves. I kept thinking I’d take off the arm sleeves and then I’d come around a corner into the wind and be like “nope, sleeves staying on.”
The race was on a paved trail in a lovely area of Maine, with just enough rolling hills to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, my body was not at all happy to run. There was nothing particularly wrong – it just felt hard to run what should have been an easy pace. I enjoyed chatting with old friends and made a few new ones.
When I got to the last lap, Beer Geek offered to go with me. I took him up on it as I was feeling worn out. He kept me moving at a good pace for most of the lap (he’s faster than I am by quite a bit and had only run a 5k, so had fresher legs) and then he acted as my rabbit as I raced to the finish to try to come in under 2:30:00. Thanks to him pushing me, I made it with 30 seconds to spare!
After the race, we went to Redhook Brewery for lunch. The food and beer were quite tasty.
Then it was off to visit a bunch of covered bridges.
We ended our day with a lovely meal at the Hancock Inn in Hancock, New Hampshire. Sadly, we would have to miss out on their awesome breakfast as I was running the New Hampshire race during it.
- The course was lovely and had only a couple of significant hills. The other hills were the nice little rollers that help keep your legs fresh.
- The people. Always the people.
- Running a lap with Beer Geek at the end. He really pulled me through when I wanted to walk.
- The food. Always the food. I only eat rice krispy treats during the race, but I ate several panini quarters after the race.
- Not feeling awesome for whatever reason – I definitely need my allergy medicine for the next races.
- The wind. Most of the time it was just annoying, but right near the start/finish/turnaround it was so strong I felt like I wasn’t moving forward. I felt like I was at a sprint effort at the finish, but I’m pretty sure I was barely running LOL.
Would I do it again?
I love Mainly Marathons and this was a nice course. I would totally come up here for a vacation and hit the race again for fun. Our plan is to someday do all the Series in one year, but that will have to wait a while.
25 states (plus DC) done on my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states! 14 of 23 states done in my journey to Mercury!