This past weekend, we both raced one last time before our goal race this weekend: Baystate Marathon. I ran the BAA Half Marathon on Sunday and Miss Bethany ran the Tufts 10k for Women on Monday. We both kinda just went out at our cruising pace and just enjoyed it.
The BAA Half is a nice course along Boston's Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. It's a hilly and scenic course, and it's pretty fun. I've done it for the past three years. It's also very popular, and it sold out in about 2 hours this year. I went out at a nice pace that felt comfortable, and ended up easily cruising along at 8:24 pace the whole race. Miss Bethany was out on the course cheering me on, and I saw her on 4 different occasions. It was fun to see her cheering me on, for once. :)
Cruising along around mile 8.
Cruising again, around mile 12.
Miss Bethany ran in the Tufts 10k for Women on Monday, and every year she runs it with a newbie runner or someone who's trying to lose weight or never run a race before, but this year her person bailed on her! So she ended up running the race solo. Her goal was to just run easy at 8 min/mile pace, not pushing too hard, just enjoying the race, and the camaraderie with her fellow women. You go girls! Joan Benoit Samuelson runs it every year and stays at the end to high-five all the ladies coming in. This year, even after running a 2:47 in Chicago the day before, she still flew to Boston and ran the 10k in 40:29 (6:31 pace). Miss Bethany high-fived her at the finish and congratulated her on her great time in Chicago. Miss Bethany finished in a 49:14 (avg pace of 7:56), not bad considering her first mile was 9:30 b/c of the congestion of the 8,000 women or so on the crowded Boston streets.
Always smiling. I got out of work and watched from the corner near Boston Common.
Team RaceMenu/mix1 Ladies. Bethany couldn't wait to email Tall Mom a picture of her bib number. As you all know, 333 is her favorite number.
So that's that. You will certainly be hearing from us either Sunday or Monday, after our Baystate Marathon this weekend. We're both really excited and hoping for new PRs. Only time will tell. We've put in the training and the effort and the hard work. This is the fun part now. We'll let you guys know how it goes! Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend!