2013 Falmouth Road Race Recap

Falmouth is still my favorite road race! I had such a blast yesterday!

2013 falmouth road roace

Around 8:30 yesterday morning, Jess and I arrived at the runner drop-off area to take a bus to the start of the race in Woods Hole. When first I saw the lines for the buses, I was like oh, crap, this is going to take forever, but the lines moved quickly.

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The race organizers definitely had the buses down to a science: we were counted, put into corrals (while a whole fleet of buses pulled up), and then instructed to get on our respective buses. It was so efficient and well-organized.

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A short ride later, Jess and I arrived at Woods Hole where we found our CrossFit friend, Danielle.

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And my blog buddy, Dori!

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Before we knew it, it was time to line up for the start of the race.

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3”¦ 2”¦ 1”¦ GO!

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The first few miles of the race are super crowded. (There were 12,800 runners yesterday!) The course is narrow, so runners are packed together and literally running shoulder-to-shoulder at times, which would usually annoy me, but I told myself before the race, I’d take things slow and steady on the first few miles. I didn’t get frustrated and just ran with the crowd.

  • Mile 1: 9:25
  • Mile 2: 9:23
  • Mile 3: 9:19

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Slow and steady running = photos opps!

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Such a pretty course!

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Around mile 3 or so, the course flattened out along Martha’s Vineyard Sound, and I was feeling pretty good at this point. The spectators were pumping me up and making me smile””I loved all of the signs and people spraying hoses to cool off runners. At one point, I even saw a guy, sitting on top of a ladder, with a microphone encouraging runners to start a wave while running the race. Haha! (I wonder if he ever made it happen?) Anyway, I kept trucking along and soaked it all in.

  • Mile 4: 9:09
  • Mile 5: 9:10

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At this point, I wanted to pick up my pace, but I didn’t want to push my luck either. I had a rough UC morning (lots of trips to bathroom, tons of blood), so I didn’t want to encourage an emergency porta-potty stop on the course. But, I told myself if I finished mile 5 and still felt good, I would pick it up. Well, that’s exactly what happened and exactly what I did!

  • Mile 6: 8:55

As I approached the final mile of the race, I realized I had a ton of energy left in the tank, so I ran the last mile, including the huge hill at the end, as fast as I could. I seriously sprinted up that big hill (obviously, I made it my bitch) and continued to sprint until I crossed the finish line.

  • Mile 7: 7:45

Total time: 1:04:13 (9:03)

Even though it wasn’t a super fast time, I’m honestly thrilled with my race performance. I didn’t stop once to walk, and I ran despite a really bad UC flare. Mal and I actually got into a little tiff before the race because he didn’t think I should run it at all since I’ve been so sick lately, but I’m so glad that I did. I know he’s just looking out for me, but I needed to run that race. Maybe just to prove that I could? I dunno. I hate this disease.

After the race, there was all sorts of food, vendors, and entertainment for runners and their families to enjoy.

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When I snapped a picture of these bananas, the guy behind me said: “I hope they smiled.” Haha! Bananas always smile. Duh.

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Post-race with Jess!

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Question of the Day

How was your weekend? What’d you do?


  1. Whoa, looks like a beautiful race! My weekend was full of good runs, including a 10 miler and 6 slow miles with my pacer aka my dog. Now, I’m actually in your neck of the woods for the week: Boston!! I absolutely love it here. I am here for a work conference with my BF, and we brought the dog, so we’ve been exploring the city together. The BF has to work all day, so it’s just me and the pup.

    Just went on a run through Boston Commons and now going to explore. I’m hoping to find some more dog friendly places to take my big lab. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

    Oh, and I hope to hit up Mary Lou’s too of course!

    1. @Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog: Not sure where you are staying/what type of transportation you have. If you have not checked out the Charles River, that is a great run, dog friendly. As well as Castle Island in South Boston.

      for Dog friendly events, check out the Liberty Hotel. I know they have 1 night a week that you can bring your dog to their outside patio bar, The Yard.
      As well as Coppa in the South End and a few in Faneuil Hall that will allow pet friendly patio seating.

  2. I have great respect for you racing in the suffering of that awful disease. Thanks for talking about it, you wil and are an inspiration to many. I am new to your blog but I love reading it. I am training for my first triathlon and get alot of tips from you. Many thanks

  3. Congrats, Tina! That’s my kind of race time. Enjoy your success! 🙂 Take care of yourself too. Sorry to hear about the flare.

  4. Great job! And your pace is FAST, haa.
    I am glad you were able to run without having to stop with your flare ups, you are an inspiration. My mother in Law has digestive issues and lives like a hermit, afraid to leave her house in fear of a flare up. It makes me so sad for her.

  5. Congrats Tina! 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your Flare. I hope things get better quickly. I also ran a race this weekend too!

  6. Oh man, I hate that it was a rough morning (and a rough time lately) with the UC flare. All things considered, I think you did an amazing job! I ran 7.5 last night and looking at my splits, you ran 7 miles in the time it took me to run 6. You may not know it, but you push me to improve at running and I love that you do CrossFit, too! I’m still trying to find the right balance of the two, but you give me hope. 🙂 Congratulations and rest up!

  7. What a gorgeous course! So impressed that you snapped photos while running — teach me your ways! Sorry to hear about your flareup. My sister has UC and I know how though it is to battle through it. Way to go on doing just that!

  8. Congrats to you! I’ve never gone through UC or anything like it (you’re such a freaking tropper I swear) but my fiance and I have definitely gotten into it with me pushing through when maybe I shouldn’t. He’s been seriously injured, where the most serious injury I’ve had is runner’s knee. I’m stubborn as hell and he knows it, so I know it’s coming from a good place. But like you said, sometimes you just have to do things for yourself…prove you can. And obviously, you can!

  9. Great job on your race and wow, what a beautiful course. I ran 13.35 miles this weekend around my neighborhood on Saturday. I am in training for my first full marathon in January. I wanted to run further than that but the muscle on the side of my knee was tightening up and my quads were tightening so I decided to stop. Next weekend I will try again!

  10. Glad to hear you got in a good run! Falmouth (and the entire cape) is such a great area for a race!
    tax free weekend in massachusetts-I bought a new couch! Slight impulse buy-we werent planning on getting one until the winter but couldnt pass up saving a good chunk of money!

  11. Good for you for listening to your body and going with your instincts. Starting a race with huge crowds in the beginning can be frustrating but you didn’t let it affect you and went with the flow…awesome! Nice finish too!

  12. Seriously well done for battling through with the flare up! There is nothing worse than running with stomach issues…almost more debilitating than a leg/foot injury having had both. Great time!

  13. I ran Falmouth too. Fourth year in a row. It was pretty hot, but by far the best weather we’ve had in years of the race. That’s a respectable time and nice work crushing the last hill.

  14. looks awesome! I hope you’re doing whatever you need to as far as taking care of yourself, but I have to say- killing that run {+the hill!} despite it all makes you pretty incredible!

  15. That sounds like a fun race! The 10k I ran this past weekend was flat and fast, but lacked spectators. I forgot how much I enjoy seeing people out there cheering when you run. It really helps the atmosphere of a race. Nice job on the race even though you weren’t feeling good!

  16. Awesome job! I think it’s good that you ran the race despite not feeling great. I also have to say that I think it’s a sign of a good man that Mal encouraged you not to run…that sounds like something my husband would do and it shows how much Mal loves you a lot that he cares enough to argue with you over it! Haha, very cute…that part of your post made me smile.

  17. Congrats, Tina, you’re a rockstar. Glad you aren’t letting that terrible disease get you. You definitely push me to run harder, longer, and stronger :).

  18. Sounds like you had a great race! Glad to hear it! This weekend I joined a new running club. (I just moved to another state and thought it would be a great way to make friends.) So far, I absolutely love it. I am training for my first 10-miler, like many of the other runners. It has really got me pumped up!

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