This was definitely one of the busier weekends for me. I was working both jobs, a total of 75 hours over the entire week AND I had already signed up for this half marathon. Thankfully, I had signed up with another friend, so knew I had to get down there and that she was waiting on me. Nothing like a good accountabilibuddy (thanks, Katie)!
Since the race was about an hour and a half from my house, I was up at around 4AM to get my butt in check. Once we arrived, we didn’t realize parking was a little over a mile from the start line. I’ll take the blame on this – I literally looked up race packet pick up hours the night before. I’m trying to take it one day at a time here – ESPECIALLY for the next few weeks. So, we just sucked it up and walked. There was a shuttle, but I’d probably still be there right now if I had jumped in line.
The course itself was amazing! Newport is known for historic mansions and beaches, and we were able to run by all of that. I grew up about an hour away, so it was really cool to see those ‘touristy’ aspects of the town I never bothered to see before. Some highlights were the Breaker’s Mansion, Salve Regina University, the Coast Guard Station, some breathtaking state parks and some incredible waterfront houses! It was around 60 degrees by the finish, but I was comfortable and the sea breeze was the perfect compliment to the weather. A rainy day would have made this route miserable, but we really lucked out with a beautiful day.
I did have one major gripe with this race – the start line. If you can imagine a two lane highway, we were all crammed into one lane and traffic was still passing in the adjacent lane. Drivers and runners were visibly irritated – but, they were able to avoid the street for the finish (which was only a few yards from the start). Assuming they could only shut down part of the road and I’m going to give them credit for having plenty of police officers on hand, this was easily avoidable. Super poor oversight.
The medal was really pretty ocean blues (to go along with the course I assume). Rhode Island is checked off of the list on my journey to all 50 states!