. . . Well no, MA is a repeat state for me, so just two new states added this year (ID & NJ). However, Mr. Judy (more so than me!) and I have spent many happy hours on the Cape, as his parents retired to there (but then moved away about the time we moved up closer to them). I always thought my half in MA would be Cape Cod, but when Runner’s World did their only Heartbreak Hill Half, I just felt called to do it.
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my taper week leading up to the Cape Cod Half. And then I’m done, but not quite finished, as Pahla B likes to say (visit the Killer B Queen here). As in I’m done with double digit racing, but not quite done racing.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Train Your Core (13 minutes)
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB WU (8 minutes) PB Full Body Weight Loss (25 minutes)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Twist Your Core (7 minutes)
- Thursday: YFR Hamstrings, Travel to Cape Cod
- Friday: Pre race yoga, walk to pick up packet & see the ocean (while it wasn’t raining)
- Saturday: Cape Cod Half Marathon, post race yoga
- Sunday: Farewell Cape Cod & AMR, Travel home
Mileage: 23.1 (+6)
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Since today was an easy run, it went a whole lot better than yesterday’s progressive run. It was supposed to be run at a slightly faster pace than my usual easy run pace, although I have run many easy runs at the pace.
A couple of miles were quite a bit faster, but overall the pace was just fine — and Rachel @ Runningonhappygives me a range of paces anyway. I am usually on the higher side (as in the slower pace).
5 miles easy was on the schedule, but I decided to do 4 1/2 and then throw in 5 strides. It was windy — but not as windy as the race is supposed to be — still, it gave me an opportunity to see if a buff could help hold down a hat in windy conditions. Seemed to work.
Last half for the year done. So very done. Nothing like running 13.1 with major wind, rolling hills & cold rain the entire race. According to Mr. Judy was, indeed, a Nor’easter. But running it with fellow BAMRs — it was priceless.
Favorites of the week
In case you missed it, this weekend I attended the Another Mother Runner retreat on Cape Cod. We laughed, most danced, we learned, we bonded, we tackled or spectated a half in a Nor’easter.
Yes, the weather was just stunning Thursday, Friday, and it was great for the marathon on today.
But Saturday, the day of the race, it was a soaker. A Nor’easter, in fact. Rain, light to heavy to light and back to heavy the entire race. Wind in the 20 mph range with gusts up to who knows where. Waves crashing over the seawalls — one person said one even got her and all she could do was laugh.
I won’t leave you in suspense: it wasn’t a PR. Although I will always run better in nasty, cold conditions then direct sun and heat — one of my goals was to simply beat my time from NJ (read about that here) and I did that handily. I am happy with this race, although definitely sad because it’s a really beautiful course and we didn’t get to enjoy it much on race day — in fact, I took no photos at all during the race.
The race was still a fantastic experience, but you’ll have to wait on the recap a bit; I’ll be back on Tuesday to grade my October.
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Let’s get the conversation started:
Would you bail on a race if it was a nor’easter?
Worst conditions you’ve ever raced in?
Do you like doing strides? I love them! I can be fast for short periods of time