The Ocean’s Run Half Marathon- South Kingstown, Rhode Island

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Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
–Lou Holtz

 

 

After many miles of driving, I landed in Rhode Island.  I was in Rhode Island for a brief visit.  I have never been there for a day.  I have to say, “wow!”  It was beautiful!!!  i stayed overnight in Jamestown.  I loved the Jamestown Bridge and it was beautiful to drive over at night with the lights on.  I felt like I was going to Hollywood.  I really enjoyed the drive from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and it did not seem like it was really long.  I think it took me about 6 hours and a tank and a quarter of gas. 

 

I was a little disappointed I could not stay for the awards at the Chambersburg Half Marathon.  I grabbed my medal, chugged some chocolate milk, and ran to my car.  It turns out I was fourth place by about 50 seconds.  I wish I had known how close it was and I would have pushed harder.  I guess I have to learn how to build endurance.  I am happy that I was able to do decent in both races, though I am still far from my pr of 1:37.  I am frustrated, but I will get there.  My time for Chambersburg was 1:55:40 and the girl who was third was 1:54:59.  It was very hilly, but I am glad  I had the hills Saturday.

 

ImageThe Tappan Zee Bridge…really neat!  Outside of NYC

 

ImageI was told I should match.  I did for a little while, but I had to go back and change because it was only 30 outside.  I threw my Ironman shirt on and it totally did not match with my purple headband. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageI finished in 1:51:59.  The course read that I finished in 13.3 miles.  I thought that my watch was pretty accurate for the most part.  I did better than the last race, but this was a really flat course for us New Yorkers.  I laughed when I thought there would be hills.  I think there was one hill maybe.  It was cake.  I loved this course and there were water stops every mile.  I snuggled in my warm fleece I got for free at the end.  I did not stay for food, but chugged some coffee.  There were plenty of munchies and the people were very nice.  I would love to do this race again!!!!  If you volunteer here, I hear you get a free race entry.  I ran into some ladies from the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniac Clubs.  Great Gals!!!!  I love the running scene.  I get excited when people talk about me winning, but I am just not back to where I was before competitively…but I argue that I enjoy it more now than I did before.  It was nice to enjoy the scenery and talk to people….I almost forgot to tell you…when I ran the Chambersburg Half, the sign of the day went to the girls who help up, “Keep it up Random Strangers!”  Funny!!!!!!!  I love spectators!

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