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Newport – a 1/2 marathon and a full weekend

I’ve had exceptional Columbus Day weekends over the years – some great, some not so much. This most recent one, I’m happy to report, was pretty fantastic thanks to some good friends and 13.1 miles.

Following an exceptionally fun Friday night out at an event  in Albany, we were on the road before noon on Saturday for the drive to Newport, RI. The road trip was uneventful under an overcast sky, but as we crossed the bridge into Newport the sun welcomed us. We went directly to our beautiful airbandb, got settled in and then hopped on our bikes for a quick ride to the beach to check out what would be our race start early the next morning.

Our ride was less than two miles, yet filled with beautiful homes and aggressive drivers. While the first was pleasing, the latter certainly wasn’t, but it was a good introduction to our general experience with drivers as both cyclists and pedestrians – disappointing. Drivers in Newport were not cyclist friendly at all. For a city that invites exploration, this was really unfortunate.

Following a great dinner at home of Cardona’s takeout brought from Albany, and an early night, we were back at the beach Sunday morning 30 minutes before our 7:30 a.m. start time. We had been warned about large crowds and closed roads, but had no issue getting dropped off in a convenient location – good job, JT. Portapotty lines were long, but we managed a quick bathroom visit prior to lining up at the start, optimistically with the 2:20 wave. My half marathon times range from 2:22 – 2:28, but I was hoping to break 2:20 for my first time.  Goals are good, right?

The race opened with an incline, my favorite start to get my legs stretched, before winding through Newport with its extravagant homes and beautiful scenery. There was water and Gatorade (along with portapotties) every 2 miles or so and I grabbed a drink at every single stop following a bad experience with dehydration after my last long training run. My body felt pretty good the entire race with no problems from my right IT band or glute, and only a mild twinge in my mid-back and my usual foot pain from about 8 miles until the finish. I can’t say I wanted to run any farther than 13.1 miles, but I was feeling strong and even managed to pick up my speed for the last couple of miles with the hope of meeting my goal time.

I crossed the finish line with a somewhat disappointing time of 2:21:27, but was pleased to be able to finish strong. Following the race, I enjoyed biking around town a bit, an afternoon nap and an evening walk along the Cliff Walk and I credit these activities with my surprisingly pain free post-race body. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as good after a half-marathon before – and that was before I received an email with my official results. My adjusted finish time was 2:17:01, my new PR!

Next up: Syracuse…


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Falling in love again. With fall.

I’m sure that many people interpret autumn as the final punctuation to summer’s end. I prefer to think of it as more of a transitional time, an opportunity for appreciation and acknowledgement of a summer well-lived. You know me, I’m more a half-full kind of girl. While it is impossible to deny the shift in seasons as the days grow remarkably shorter and concerns switch from keeping cool to keeping cozy, I’ve always found fall to resonate more as a beginning than as an ending. There’s something about autumn that I simply find alluring and today, in honor of Christopher Columbus, I went exploring!

When I got in my car early in the afternoon, I had a loose plan – drive east, then north then west and south. Pretty simple, right? As I headed out there was a smile on my face as I thought of the sweetness of the day’s morning, as well as some of the oh so many fall walks I’ve enjoyed in my life. See, even as a teenager, I was compelled to spend as much time as possible outdoors during this time of year. I have distinct memories of walking the two miles into town and heading directly to the grocery store to satisfy my craving for an apple, red delicious, please.

Today I went for a “hike” in the woods. On my feet were a pair of Doc Martens, which are infinitely more suitable for running from the cops than running trails, but, run is what I wanted to do. My nose filled with the scent of decaying leaves and fresh, fresh air, and I had the urge to run until my lungs ached from gasping air that was colder than any oxygen inhaled in the last 5 months. Instead, I took in the view and relished my quiet alone time – it was just me, my camera and a red delicious apple. Check out my pictures and let’s pretend we went together.

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