Finally send my very long race report for Mount Desert Island!
MDI Race Report- very long!
Went up to Maine Friday and were able to stay at Erica’s cottage (thank you, thank you, thank you)! This was about 3 hours and halfway from home, Saturday went to Bar Harbor. Went straight to packet pickup. No marathon jackets, which I really wanted, they had hoodies instead, passed. I bought a couple of things (mug and short-sleeved running shirt). Go to Motel, actually pretty cute. Starting line of race will be right outside! Got settled and checked out Acadia National Park, went to dinner where I had made reservations, getting VERY nervous. Lots of doubts due to my bad summer, missed long runs, STRESS. My husband and Erica talk me off the ledge. Erica emailed ‘Snap out of it!’ Which I hear in Cher’s voice from Moonstruck, which is exactly how she meant it!
I send my husband to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise pictures. He has a really good camera, is an avid photographer, and I know where the starting line is of course. We had spent some time Saturday driving around before dinner, walked around a bit, though not too much for me. Stressed out morning, crappy sleep as per usual for a distance race. Getting ready to go outside and he’s back, we go out together. Less than 1000 marathoners registered, more for half but they start at our 13.1 mile marker. It’s clear, a chilly 33F, light wind. Supposed to be windy for race, with gusts up to 30 MPH. Overdressed a bit, wore capris, short sleeved tech shirt with long sleeve over, my super light rain jacket as I though it would deflect the wind, 2$ Target gloves I thought I would toss at some point, and a Smartwool headband to cover my ears. The jacket was around my waist after the 3rd mile or so, gloves in my pocket about the same, never tossed them because I thought I would want them later.
I hit my watch too soon at the start, so the whole race it was about .20 mile or so ahead of actual course. Completely GORGEOUS course, hills and trees to start. 1st hill is immediate, I make the decision to walk it. I kept a good pace, so I decided to walk up the hills, run flats and downhills as long as I can keep a decent walking pace going up. I decide to break the race into 5 mile increments, helped me in NYC. Miles 1-5 good, pass a couple of people who went out too fast. 10k mile, older guy doing the relay, pulls over to the side to pee, I pass him (not looking of course), but I’m also not going to wait! He passes me after a while and says he hopes he didn’t embarrass me. I say no, I have kids! He tells me how Paula Radcliffe had to pull over in London, and he’s 80 and can do what he wants, I agree! He later pulled over in a park and then got back on the road before I caught up to him. Sigh. 8-ish miles was the relay transition, so I lose Pee Man. The course is truly stunning, going through trees with gorgeous foliage and then a beautiful ocean view opens up. I take some pictures, but want to keep moving. Mile 10 goes by, I pass through the start of the 1/2. A mile or so later 2 tween girls run past me from ahead, then turn around and pass me again, they go to a water table at about mile 14. About 15 women and girls at this water station, they all just stare at me after I say hi, none say a WORD. Weird, whatever, moving on. I had been taking Cliff Shot Blocks and alternating with Stroopwafels I had been using in long runs from my grocery store. Had Nuun in my bottles in my belt and was adding water at the stops and tabs I had carried. Nutrition and hydration were great.
Mile 15 ok, now focusing on getting to 20, seeing my husband at about 18. I tell him to never let me do this again, SO hilly! Ha. I am SO thankful I trained on hills all summer, could have even done more. I can’t imagine how it would have been if I hadn’t trained for hills. Mile 20, yay! 20-26 are on a busy road, speed limit 50 with people going faster. There are orange cones on the side of the road to block more of the shoulder and for safety, people are ticked off about the cones and having to slow down. My least favorite part of the whole thing, by far. At some parts here we go through some towns and I hop on the sidewalks. Of course I am slowest here because I am tired. I never really got the hurt I get in a marathon, which was great. NYC I had that hurt at mile 9. My feet hurt and my calves were cramping badly because of the hills, at points I was walking backwards up the hills to try and stretch my calves. See the Pee Man at almost 26 miles as he as leaving the finish area, said he wouldn’t embarrass me on Main Street! Ha, gave me a chuckle. Left at mile 26, flat to finish. I shuffled over the finish line, big smile on my face as people cheered. Race official said the first 100 people who finished weren’t smiling like that! Made me feel good. See my husband, get my lobster claw medal and some food.
Very slow, very hilly, very beautiful. I hear Erica in my head “We GET to do this!”
I had an amazing time, and can’t wait to do it again!
Will send pictures separately.