Well, I’ll tell you one thing – training works
A year ago – crap, even as soon as Chicago this past October – I was struggling. I wasn’t taking my training seriously and my work ethic when it came to road race training was pathetic. I’d attribute the blog to being my newest sense of accountability. The feeling that my success in my recaps is crucial to my credibility as a blogger (obviously) has really put me in a new place when it comes to running. And, I love it.
Around Chicago time, I was averaging a 12-minute mile. This past weekend, I clocked an 8:58 average mile during the 16th Annual Harpoon Brewery 5 Mile Race – wait, WHAT. I literally couldn’t believe it when I was following via my Nike app and thought maybe my GPS was off. But, when I got the official results email, I knew something tremendous had changed in me as a runner. I know, a five-miler is a way different standard than a marathon course, but I’m looking forward to putting my new successes to this test this coming weekend for Boston’s Run to Remember.
Pros: The shirts were really great quality. Dry-fit shirts are in and races that lean towards the cotton tee giveaway aren’t tuned into the audience – period. Any runner would pay the extra money to get a shirt they can wear again during multiple training runs AND races instead of a $5 cotton tee like one they throw into the stands at a sporting event. I also loved that since I was running late that morning (shocker), they let my friend grab my items for me. Lines for packet pick up were short day of the race, anyhow, but always nice to have that convenience. They also offered an incentive (thanks to sponsor PUMA) to pick up earlier in the week, which I think attributed to a happy result for all. Also, I am surprised, shocked and utterly in awe that there was NO beer lines. Not once did I wait in line for beer. Seriously – AMAZING! Bravo, Harpoon. You’ve done it. You’ve created the perfect, craft beer race.
The course was amazing. We ran by some of the best South Boston beach neighborhoods with very slightly rolling hills. That area of the city makes it easy to enjoy the views and your run, while not having to shut down too many main road ways. Also, always love a good race medal – despite it being a 5-miler, the medal was simple and respectable.
Cons: The only gripe I really had was how hard this race is to get into – which is a good thing. You do have to be chosen from a lottery system months in advance, but it’s worth the wait. However, it’s not one of those you can wait until the week before and register. If this one is on your bucket list, be sure to add lottery week to your calendar (falls around February).