Monday, July 5, 2010

Busy 4th of July Race Weekend!

Here's a recap of our busy 4th of July weekend! What a weekend it was, busy and exciting, just the way we like it! 

Saturday, July 3rd, we ran the Mattapoisett Road Race (5 miler). Mattapoisett is Miss Bethany's hometown, so it's a must-run every year for us. It was a little hot out, so neither of us really ran the race we wanted to, but it was still a lot of fun, and we got to see a lot of our running friends. Miss Bethany ended up doing 37:26, about 2 minutes slower than she was hoping for. Ryan ended up with 39:03, about 1.5 minutes slower than he was hoping for. Oh well, we did just run 2 marathons + a 50k in the past 2 months. This was really the first time we were trying to push the pace over a short distance in a long time, so we're not disappointed at all. =)

 Here's the gang of us after the race.

Sunday, July 4th, we ran the Patriots 10km, which finished right at Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play. This race was run by DMSE, who also run the Boston Marathon, so it was VERY organized, and well-put-together. It was SO much fun. Miss Bethany did the race with a friend, Beth. It was her first race ever, and they've been training together since March. Beth did a fabulous job, and really enjoyed herself, and will definitely run more races in the future! GREAT JOB, BETH! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

Ryan ran the race solo, and really didn't know how the race would play out, considering he'd put in a solid effort the day before at the Mattapoisett 5 miler. So he started out slow, doing 8:55 min/miles for the first 3 miles, just enjoying the race. However, once we made the turn back towards the stadium, Ryan just got this burst of excitement and started speeding things up. Average pace dropped quite a bit, and unbelievably, once the stadium was in sight, Ryan's last mile was a 6:36, and the last half mile into the stadium, through the tunnel and onto the field was at 5:36 pace. Haha, he just got this crazy burst of adrenaline, running through the tunnel, jumped up and slapped the underside of the inflatable helmet, and sprinted down the field, passing many people. (I'm sure lots of onlookers thought I was a madman.) After the race, Ryan turned around and ran back out on the course to find Bethany and Beth, and then ran back in with them, topping out at 10 miles on the day.

This is similar to the tunnel we ran out of yesterday. So much fun!!! So exciting!!!

Bethany and Beth just after mile 5.

Bethany and Beth heading to the stadium.

Bethany and Beth heading into the tunnel and onto the field!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!!

16 comments:

Amanda said...

Sounds like a great weekend full of fun races!

Congrats to Beth on her first race....Careful - it sounds like you're hooked now :)!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

AWESOME! My hubby and I will race together next Saturday, I am HOPING he will be able to keep pace with me, time will tell..

Marci said...

Wow two races in two days... awesome! Love that Bethany ran the 10k with a friend... so sweet! Sounds like y'all had a great 4th!

Johann said...

Fun, fun, fun, that’s what it’s all about! Congrats to Beth! I love hearing about people doing their first race. It’s so great.

Denise said...

congrats to beth on her first race!! great accomplishment.

Colleen said...

GO BETH!! What a HOT day to run your first 10K - yikes! But if you can make it through that, you can make it through anything :)

Ryan and Bethany, you guys did pretty good too ;)

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Sounds like a great weekend of racing. I love running with a friend to help achieve a new goal, or finish a race. It's such a great feeling.

Indi said...

Now that's one busy running weekend!! Looks and sounds like a lot of fun!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Congrats on BOTH races!

AppleC said...

Great running recap. You're so lucky to have a little "team" of runners. How fun is that!
Good job to everyone.

Meg said...

What a fun finish! It reminds me of the olympics. I'm glad you had a busy and fun holiday weekend!

misszippy said...

You guys are racing fools! Great job. Now go get some rest!

lifestudent said...

That is a big race weekend! I dont even know if we have races around here over the 4th. I'm sure we do, but its too hot to race anyway :) Sounds like you guys had a great weekend!

Jen said...

What a fun weekend! Congrats to Beth on her first race! It's so nice to have a friend to run with. I think it would be really fun running into a stadium to finish!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I love people's first races, it just gets me all gooey inside and excited for my runs!!

way to go on back to back races, sounds like you enjoyed yourself

Lizzie said...

My husband and I also did this race . .. urgh! :) It wasn't that bad (how nice was that lady with the hose around mile 5?), but I completely blanked on running down the field. I just wanted to finish!! So whole concept was a bit lost on me. Glad you had fun!