Monday, September 13, 2010

Race Report: Nahant 30K

Yesterday we ran the Nahant 30K for the second year in a row. This race is a GREAT tune-up for a fall marathon and nothing beats the HILLY course!! Everything was well organized, the course was marked MUCH better this year! Instead of a T-shirt we got arm warmers, so it was nice to get something different.
The race started at 8:30am and this year we could actually see our surroundings! Last year it was cold, rainy and foggy and we were unable to see the spectacular views along the coast, or should I say cliffs. This year we were able to see the Boston skyline off in the distance so that was nice! It really is a pretty course, all along the water through the quaint town of Nahant. In order to get to Nahant you have to drive about 1.5 miles on a causeway so it feels like running on an Island. The hills and ocean made me think I was running on Bermuda! Another thing we like about this race is the course, we were able to see each other 4 times in passing, we even got to slap hands at one point, lol.
Neither one of us "raced" this race, we both treated it as if it was our fall marathon with a nice an easy warm-up and then we eased into our marathon goal paces (MGP). Both of us held our MGP was relative ease and we both ran dead-even splits. According to our Garmins, my  average pace was 7:50 and Ryan's was 8:49. Ryan is hoping for under 3:55:00 (his PR is 3:56:xx) and i'm hoping for 3:28:00 (my PR is 3:29:13) or faster. I would love to hit sub 3:28 because my first and second marathon times were 4:54 and 4:58, I'd love to officially take 1.5 hours off my slowest marathon, which at the time was difficult!

Ryan at mile 18.5. He looked great at the finish!! (we <3 this race, they even take free running pix for us!!)

Ryan right after he finished. I went for a cool down to top it off at 20 miles and I got back just as Ryan was crossing the finish line! Talk about good timing!

Both feeling confident for fall marathon PRs!

20 comments:

marathonmaiden said...

yay for racing! and i love the pictures. you guys are going to absolutely dominate your fall marathons :)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Looks like the two of you are really ready for the marathons. Love the last picture - you look very happy.

H Love said...

great pics...you are too cute!

Mike Russell said...

No doubt you two are ready to roll. I am stoked to see what you two do compared to your goals.

Silly Girl Running said...

Congrats! Reading your blog and seeing all the cute pics make me want a bf that runs with me, too!

Colleen said...

Oh yeah, after running a 30K race, I always like to cool down to make it an even 20 miles too ;)

Nice run guys!

Emz said...

YAY for confident - I swear nothing is better than that ---- well okay, maybe a PR. ;)

Marlene said...

You two are racing machines! This sounds like a great run. Congrats on reaching your goals!!! I love a 30K to practice marathon pace.

Zaneta said...

yay!! Great job!! you guys are incredible! That's awesome that they took free race pics! :D

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Sounds like a great run. You both look fresh after the race.

teacherwoman said...

Looking confident, as well! Congrats on a nice race!

Running and living said...

Nah, you can do better at Baystate! If you ran 7:50s on a hilly course, there is no way you could not do 7:38s for a 3:20 at Baystate. Do you know they have pacers? I think I am going for a 3:20, and since we always run the same pace, maybe you should to:) Congrats!

Tricia said...

Awesome job guys,great pics!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Sounds like a great race. I see prs X 2 for you guys this fall. How fun!

Johann said...

Great run for both of you, well done! I love these races that form part of training for longer runs. I love to just relax and run. Lovely pics!

Katie A. said...

I've always wanted to race a 30K! Nice work to both of you! I think you guys have those PR's in the bag!
Have a great week!

Meg said...

GREAT pictures, you two. I KNOW you'll get your PR's, this is going to be our lucky fall, I can feel it!!

Meg said...

ha, ha...I just read the comment you left on blog. U SO FUNEE :) !

Amanda said...

Sounds and looks like you both had a great time with this one...Looks like a beautiful location!

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