- WIND! So. Much. Wind. Also it was colder than I expected. Once I got moving, I was ok, but my back muscles were sore from shivering.
- No clam chowder at the finish. On a cold March day, I would have loved some chowder. And as an adopted Rhode Islander, I expect to have chowder after all of my athletic endeavors.
- Not enough tents. Of course, if it hadn't been so windy, this might have been moot, but I really wanted a place to warm up more before the start of the race.
- Flat, fast course that was somewhat scenic. Considering it was called The Ocean's Run, I was hoping for a wee bit more ocean, but I can't be too picky. I couldn't help thinking that it really is a shame Rhode Island is so ugly in March. Right now the snow is all melted and everything is just dead and tragic looking.
- Nice and small. This was an intimate race, and I like that.
- I got to meet a local celebrity! I used to follow The Rhode Hazard's blog, but she has sadly stopped updating. We've been facebook friends for about a year, but have never actually met face-to-face. Thankfully, she was handing out medals at the finish line, so I got a medal and a hug!
- Start Time. This race started at 10am, which means I actually got a good night's sleep because I wasn't worried about oversleeping. The downside to that is that after the race, I felt like the whole day was gone, which is pretty much the same feeling I have when I don't get my run in right away.
- Cheering Section. I'm a solo runner and my BF does not rise early enough in the day for me to expect him to cheer me on. However, it really does give me a little boost to know someone is waiting for me near the finish line like my friend BK did for this race! At the 13 mile mark, I saw her and we both did a little happy dance.
After I thought about the race for a couple days, I realized that though I felt like I didn't quite push hard enough, I still did pretty respectably for this distance. My 1/2 marathon PR is 2:10 and I did this race in 2:12. If I keep up with my training and lose a few pounds, I'm looking at a new PR for my May race!
This race's Power Song goes to I Love It by Icona Pop. I wasn't terribly impressed with this song until I watched this clip from Girls: