I'll be honest... I was hesitant to run this race. Long story short (never short): I was signed up for Quincy Half last spring. It was canceled. Free/Deferred entry for this year. Town of Quincy said, "Heck no!" and it was moved to Ashland. (cue whiny voice) But, I just did Ashland in October! Sucked it up and decided to run. Free is free!
I really enjoyed myself out there today. I was familiar with the course and that helped me mentally to know where I was and to save myself for the Green Street Monster. After doing this course in the fall, I also knew that in order to reach my goal, I needed to open up on the downhills. It was cold and windy at the start, but the sun was shining and I warmed up quickly. Finished with about a 2 minute PR for an official time of 1:55:41. Garmin gave me a free second!
Other perks included an awesome shirt,
food and drink tickets featuring Long Trail Ale,
easy parking and plenty of port o' johns. Sorry, no picture of that! The hills are tough and challenging, but this race gives you a HUGE sense of accomplishment, no matter your time.
What's next? I plan to rest up for a few days and then it's time to prep for my first 10 mile race. Newport 10 Miler in 6 weeks!