Well I thought this recap would go differently but what can you do?
We left Friday night and headed to Rehoboth. Our hotel had an ocean view and was super close to the start. What more could you want?
We quickly dropped our stuff off at the hotel and headed over to pick up our packets. Ran into 2 friends- one running the half, the other running the full. Made plans for the am.
They had the Hoka Clifton 3s there with sample sizes. I tried them on and I instantly loved the feel. I bought a pair and am hopeful they will work for me! I usually run in Mizunos outside, but they recently changed their model and they no longer work for me.
Meanwhile, Bill walked over to Dogfish Head to put our name in for a table. It was about an hour wait so we just walked up and down Rehoboth Avenue. It was great to just go for a leisurely stroll without the usual bustle of the summer crowds. Plus all of the Christmas lights were so pretty.
We had a great time at dinner and headed back to get some rest.
In the morning- I got up, showered, had my usual oatmeal with a scoop of chunky pb, and watched the sunrise until it was time for Bill, Megan and I to leave for the race.
The race went off and I felt okay but after about two minutes of running, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom. This has NEVER happened to be during a race. I wasn’t sure what to do so I just kept running and I was ok from Mile 1-5.
A large portion of the race is on the Breakwater trail. I didn’t check to see where port a potties would be (b/c I never need them 😩) and wasn’t sure if they would be in the trail section. It was at this point (mile 6) that I knew I had to stop.
I stopped and as a result, lost 2 minutes. As I came out of the bathroom, the first thing I see is the 2:00 pacer. I was so disappointed. I knew I didn’t start the race right on time so I was a little ahead of them but I was hoping to be way ahead.
Which I was prior to said bathroom stop.
From there the race went totally awry. I think I just mentally gave up. I was so stuck on the fact that I made a stop and couldn’t make up the time. Plus my stomach was nowhere near 100%. I still felt the urge to go which persisted throughout the race. Fun/Gross fact- I also almost didn’t make it back to our hotel after the race.
My pace drifted up into the 9s and my bathroom stop was a 1010 mile.
I finished in 1:59:18. Needless to say, the race wasn’t what I had hoped it would be but so what?
I’m focusing on the positives for once because, although, I didn’t have a great race, Bill did!! He ran a 1:38 even with calf cramping issues.
My friend Megan finished her 1st marathon and we got to be there to cheer her in!! I love cheering for peeps it’s the most fun.
And I would’ve had a PR if not for that stop, so I count that a success.