2016 South Shore Half Marathon

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” Oh, 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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3 Comments

  1. Karien @ Running the Race

    Karien @ Running the Race

    November 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    Reply Well done! Love the bling!

  2. Nicole (Cuckoolemon)

    Nicole (Cuckoolemon)

    November 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm
    Reply love that gorgeous looking medal!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    LindseyNovember 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm
    Reply 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!

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