Today I ran the Maine Half Marathon! This half was much different from past races for me in that I set out with one simple goal, have fun. In the past I always trained for a time or to accomplish a specific running goal. Life has been so busy lately and I just needed to train for a fun race!
We headed up to Portland on Saturday afternoon. We took our time getting up there…slept in, made breakfast, did a few errands and then headed out. We stopped in Kittery to check out the outlets on our way up there and made a pitstop at Yummies for some candy.
When we got to Portland we headed to the expo to pick up my number. The last expo I went to was for Boston Marathon. This one was much smaller and we were pretty much in and out with my number. Since we hadn’t had lunch we headed downtown to have a late afternoon snack and a cocktail. We ended up at The North Point which was so cute and cozy and the perfect place for happy hour. The best part about running a race for fun? Enjoying a cocktail the day before!
On our way up I realized I forgot my race belt which holds my number and my stick. Ordinarily I’d be all stressed out and annoyed I forgot things but I took it in stride. I’d survive without my stick and safety pins will work just fine!
For dinner we checked out Boda. It’s a high-end Thai food restaurant and was delicious. I started my meal with an appetizer of pork and rice on top of pineapple, so good! For dinner I had chicken pad thai fold into an omelet. It was such a great presentation and it tasted delicious! For dessert Michael and I shared a thai sundae. I can’t tell you what was in it but it was so good! After dinner we headed back to the hotel and headed to bed…
Our hotel was less than 10 minutes to the start so I didn’t have to get up terribly early. I got ready, stretched and ten we grabbed a bagel on our way. We got to the start with just enough time to say hello to a few people we knew, I used the porta pottie and then made my way to the start coral. A definite perk of smaller races is how easy it is to get to the start!
The first few miles were nice and flat. I settled into my pace and felt really good. At mile 3 I noticed that my pace had dropped and I was running 8 min/miles flat. I felt great and the pace seemed easy so I decided to go with it! Before I knew it I was at the turnaround point at mile 6.5. I was having a great time, the bands that were playing were awesome and the volunteers and spectators couldn’t have been nicer! They were all cheering so well!
At mile 8 I started to get a bit tired and was ready to be at mile 10. Lucky for me mile 10 came pretty quickly. There was a man running in a moose costume and that kept me entertained for quite a bit. Especially since the two women behind me kept joking that it was hunting season and they needed to pass him.
The middle of the race was pretty hilly but the first and last 2 miles were really flat. Once I hit the mile 11 mark I knew I was in the home stretch. I picked up the pace a bit and ran sub 8′s to the finish! I will say that last mile felt LONG but crossing the finish felt so good!
I love half marathons. To me there are really the perfect distance. The training requires commitment but it doesn’t eat up all you’re time and the race goes by so fast! What’s not to like?! This race was great. It was so easy and stress free plus it was really spectator friendly and the volunteers were so friendly and nice! I’ll definitely be doing this race next year!
Michael and I hung around at the finish for a bit before heading back to the hotel to shower and get cleaned up. We then made our way downtown for a post run brunch. Seriously, this may be my favorite part of races! I’ve spent the remainder of the day laying on the couch being lazy! Next weekend we get to do it all over again for the B.A.A. Half Marathon here in Boston!!!