New England Series: Rhode Island
May 19, 2016
This was race five of the New England Series. (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts preceded it.) The race took place at the Coventry Center Park in Rhode Island. It was a really short course, so we’d have to do 11 laps. Luckily, it was all paved, with only one hill to speak of.
I was feeling a little rough. My right glute was staging a protest and decided it did not want to participate in the race. This made running a little bit of a challenge. However, the weather was basically perfect and Beer Geek told me we had no time constraints, so I just went with the goal of sub 11 minute miles for as long as I could keep them.
The beauty of a short course is constant interaction and plenty of opportunities to snack. I had a great time chatting with a bunch of different runners and just kept up a steady overall pace.
My actual pace fluctuated as I took advantage of the downhills and struggled with the one hill. The pain in my glute (truly a pain in the ass) got steadily worse and I could tell I was compensating as various other body parts started hurting. Despite that, I was having a fun time and I was having very little problem holding a sub 11 minute pace.
Finally I got to the last lap and Beer Geek joined me. As we neared the finish, I realized I could beat my second fastest day if I picked up the pace. So I did. I have to admit, I love to finish a race with an all out sprint using whatever I have left that day.
Since we weren’t in a rush, I decided that it was a good day to invest in a massage. It was totally worth every penny! Sue did most of my massage and then Mark did some (very painful) work on my glutes. But when I got off the table, I could walk normally again. Woot!
I had told Beer Geek that I needed a lower key day. The running + driving/hiking everywhere + not enough sleep was wearing me down. So, we took it a bit easier. We, of course, hit a brewpub for lunch.
Then we went on a little walk.
And then we checked out Mark Twain’s house, which was really awesome.
- My body much preferred this course to the previous day’s course.
- The massage that fixed my issues.
- I ate all.the.foods after the race, including some super yummy fried rice.
- My left glute and the one hill each lap really didn’t like each other. At all.
- My stomach was resistant to food for the first half of the race. Thankfully the awesome volunteers added gatorade to my nuun (at my request) so I got some calories in.
- My left glute, left quad, and right knee were all kinds of pissed at the end. Funny how overcompensating messes everything up.
Would I do it again?
I would if I were in the area. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to run it as it was not one of the greatest of the MM courses, but I didn’t mind it. I’ll likely hit it again when we do our year of running.
29 states (plus DC) done on my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states! 18 of 23 states done in my journey to Mercury!