2016 South Shore Half Marathon

Success! South Shore Half Marathon complete! And it was so much fun running it with friends!

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One of our friends lives near the start line of the race, so we walked over right before things kicked off promptly at 7:30 AM.

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We arrived at the start line just minutes before the gun, so we had a little trouble lining up in our respective corrals. It was just too crowded to finagle our way back, so we ended up starting in the 7-minute corral. I realize this is a HUGE runner no-no, and it personally drives me crazy when people line up at the wrong pace, but we literally could not move. A guy next to me even joked that this cluster was “the only thing [lining up from front to back] that they [the race organizers] hadn’t figured out yet.” Yup, so true. The South Shore Half Marathon, only in its third year, is extremely well-organized, so I smiled and agreed. After last year’s half, I couldn’t say enough great things about the race. And, honestly, it was probably our fault for waiting until the last-minute to get ourselves situated.

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Anyway, so we’re off and running. My race strategy was similar to last year’s: Start with “all-day miles” + Joy & Claire until mile 8, slowly pick up the pace until mile 10/11, and then run as fast as possible until the end. And, guys, I really thought I was cruising along.

The RunKeeper app on my phone was all messed up (it said I ran 15 miles by the end of the race, so I’m sure my splits were off), so I was doing pace/distance math each time I passed a clock on the course. At mile 11, the clock read 1:40, and I felt really good, so I thought I could maybe beat last year’s time. I have no idea what happened, but I felt like I was sprinting for the final 2 miles. I honestly thought when I saw the clock at the finish line, it would read 1:55 or so. Unfortunately, when I made the turn to the finish, it said 1:58. Whomp whomp.

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I finished in 1:59:04 (9:05), which isn’t a terrible time, but not what I expected. I really thought I was killing it, pace-wise. I never once felt like death and actually felt strong for the majority of the race. It’s weird. I’m disappointed with my time, but I’m really happy with my performance. I truly gave it my all and FELT like I ran a good race. Time-wise, I have no idea what happened, but, hey, I enjoyed myself, and I’m glad I finished.

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Post-race, we enjoyed an after-party with free food and beer at McGreal’s Tavern.

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And then we headed across the street to The Tinker’s Son for brunch.

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Even though I didn’t get the time I wanted, I still love this half marathon and can’t wait to run it again next year! 🙂

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15 Comments

  1. I ran this morning too (live in Norwell)! Finished in 2:00:06 and honestly am happy/bumed because I ran HARD but comfortably the entire race. I wanted to finish in under 2:00 though so when I saw 1:51 at mile 12, I started sprinting and finished just over 2:00. whomp whomp. I was a little bummed but I knew it was because I stopped for water a couple of times. AND the weather didn’t do us any favors! Good job though!

  2. I think it’s way harder to feel great about a race or even a run so that is a win! And your time is going to be way faster than mine will ever be! ha ha My half is scheduled in two weeks! So exciting!

  3. Congratulations on your finish and you did great. You have such a good attitude and you finished with a smile on your face and a gorgeous medal.

  4. 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles no matter how fast or slow you run them – congrats! You’ll have a goal for next year! And that metal is so pretty! I may need to run that one next year!

  5. Excellent job! I just had my last baby 8 weeks ago. My 2017 goal is to train for my first half marathon and this is the one I’m training for. I have several friends and family who’ve run it the last 2 years and next year is my year!!

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