Monday, October 19, 2009

BayState Marathon (& 1/2)

Yesterday we made the trek out to Lowell to run the BayState Marathon (Bethany) and Lowell Sun Half Marathon (Ryan). Despite the cold, rainy, and windy conditions, we both accomplished the goals we had set out for ourselves. For Miss Bethany, she was hoping to 1.) qualify for Boston (run sub 3:40) and 2.) break 3:30. She came in looking strong at 3:29:13, despite a pre-race Garmin malfunction. Miss Bethany, always prepared, came to the race with a 1/2-dead battery Garmin 305, despite charging it over night. So Ryan gladly took one for the good of the team and let her use his Garmin 405. However, Miss Bethany, as technologically savvy as she is, could not get Ryan's Garmin 405 to work, so she had to run how she felt. Luckily, she knows how to run pretty consistent splits and came out alright in the end. All's well that ends well.

Ryan was hoping to hit 1:45 in the half, and came in at 1:45:24, although since the 1/2 did not have chip-timing, it goes down in the record books as a 1:45:45, oh well. The half course was a double loop course, flat, fast, very little undulation, VERY easy. Ryan felt strong and kept a consistent pace the whole way.

Pre- and post-race essentials.

The finish was inside the Lowell Spinners stadium, after a lap around the warning track.

Bethany finishing strong. 3:29:13!

Bethany had never been so cold or frozen or wet in her life!

Ryan soaked, after waiting for Miss Bethany to finish. But happily representing the Team MGD64!

Warm and dry and Miss Bethany drinking a BEER! That's how good MGD 64 is!!!

Repping the team!

Bethany's nephew.

Relaxing together after the race.

Overall, it was a successful day, despite the weather. A lot of fellow track club members put up great times, and even a few solid PRs! Congrats to all finishers!

Monday, October 12, 2009

BAA Half, Salem, and Tufts 10k

We had quite an eventful weekend. Saturday we did some shopping for Halloween costumes and our Halloween party, and also did some much needed relaxing. Even Miss Bethany relaxed (for 15 minutes). Sunday, Ryan ran in the BAA Half Marathon, while Bethany went along the course and played the roles of photographer and spectator. After the race, we took a nice little ride out to Salem to partake in some Halloween-related festivities and drink some pumpkin beer. Bethany and her friend Leigh ran in the Tufts 10k for Women on Monday, when it was Ryan's turn to play photographer and spectator.

Pre-race, Ryan sporting the Team MGD 64 gear. (Great-tasting light beer, and perfect for all you calorie-conscious athletes out there.)

The start line.

Ryan chugging along, coming back from the Zoo.

Post-race. Didn't hit the goal he was hoping for, but a PR nonetheless, and a 6-minute improvement on last year's BAA half time. Ended up crossing the line in 1:47:01.

Made some friends in Salem.

Miss Bethany and her friend Leigh before the Tufts 10k for Women.

Coming around the corner, close to mile 6, still looking strong!

That's all for now. Hopefully we will have some PR news coming next week after Bethany's Bay State Full and Ryan's Bay State Half. We'll see how it goes! Check back next week!