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!