Basically, the Eastern states 20 is all these things. I had a great time and a great run last year and I have been looking forward to another good 20 miler along the super pretty coast of Me/NH/MA.
I got lucky again and it was a perfect damn day. Chilly, about 43 degrees but with absolutely blazing sunshine. (Boston take note: if it's going to be a sunny day in Boston it better not be one degree over 43!!!)
We got there in plenty of time to find a super long porta potty line. I'm not sure what was going on this year but I have never seen such insane potty lines! Runners: poop at home!!
I am not going confirm or deny this but there *might* have been a building that *some* of us might just have peed behind. Beats standing in a 40 minute line, that's for sure.
|After standing in line forever, almost there!!|
Anywhoo, disasters averted I hoofed it to the start while cramming a sandwich in my face. The race starts at 11:00 so it's great Boston practice. I'm well versed in mid day long runs but when you are running right through lunchtime you need to plan ahead. Pre race I ate my normal breakfast of coffee and toast and then I had some turkey followed by a plain donut (no shit, I eat a plain donut prior to every race) followed by a pb&honey sandwich. I was not too hungry while running but I ate a clif bar.
|At the start. Post sandwich.|
There are a ton of super good runners at this race and a bunch of people just like me, getting in a really good pre Boston training run. (except for all the Hanson's people... I miss you guys!) What I'm saying is that it's easy to find people at your pace and to stick with them, which I did.
The first few miles are the hilliest and that's overselling it, they are more like little bumps. Once you're up and over those it is bone flat the rest of the way.
The day was nice, the sun was blinding (thank heavens I poured sunscreen all over my body) the wind was more from a sideways direction this year and all was well. There were lots of cardinals singing. Apparently, NH is literally RIFE with cardinals which makes me jealous.
Around mile 6 (they had painted mile markers on the road this year! yay!) I was like "what is that mysterious pinching feeling in my toe?" I decided that it was not serious or potentially debilitating so I put thoughts of my foot into my nothing box and I moseyed along.
One thing that was slightly out of the ordinary, and I blame the REALLY sunny day for is that I was pretty thirsty. I had pre-hydrated thoroughly but I needed water at every single station. I must have been sweating like a pig or something. Who knows.
Right. So I was running comfortably, apparently sweating my balls off, and (as I am wont to do) taking snapchat videos. I agree, this is completely annoying. But! When I have a long way to run and the pace is casual I need entertainment. The plus is that I can screen shot my videos and then have blog pics. #winning
|Snapchat views #1|
|Ohhhh Oceanfront views! #profoundthoughts|
At mile 13 I found a BEST friend named Shelby and, no shit, we proceeded to talk to each other for the rest of the damn race. It was amazing because I am a hostile hag and rarely chit chat while running because I am so elite and serious. Obviously.
I love to talk to people before the race but once I'm running I'm all like "rawwww get out the way bitch!" I need to work on my people skills.
|Get out the way BITCH!!!"|
|Sparkle unicorn. So much more pleasant than a jabberwocky!|
|Excellent husband/athletic support system/driver/hot person|
I examined my feet and saw what the mysterious pinching was.
|Gross. Bloody foot.|
I also got to show her my sweet new tattoo which pays respect to my favorite birds in the world.
(which got me in as a Crow Athletics lifer which might be the coolest thing ever!)
|A beautiful bird tattoo and a bird medal!|