Marathon #9 and State #29 are complete
I did very much enjoy my time in Alaska, it is beautiful state and I highly recommend everyone go see it. And also take a Glacier cruise, cause wow, that is awesome. but this about the race itself so I will get into that.
The race started at Kincaid Park, which is lovely and has some amazing views. The did a wave start to keep it to 50 people starting at a time, which I am guessing is not the usual way they do it, but it worked, and getting started moved along rather quickly. The course was along a paved trail, the Coastal trail, lovely views lots of green and you also have to be aware, you might run into wildlife. They do have volunteers out to warn and keep people safe, and I did hear that the lead runners had to be rerouted because of a bear, so yeah, be prepped for that if you decide to do this race. At one point the trail turned into a dirt rock trail and it was a drizzly day so I didn’t really enjoy that part. The final .2 miles was also up a very steep hill…not cool. They did mention this was a whole new course this year, so there may be changes going forward, overall I did like the route, just those 2 points were not great.
As for how the race went for, not well. I started out good, first 10 miles I was feeling pretty good, taking it easy to hopefully speed up at the end. But then the side stitches started and just didn’t let up, and then I hit the 2 miles of unpaved trail and just walked it so I didn’t fall and hurt myself. I basically ran walked after that. I finished and I am happy I did, still very happy to be in person racing again and of course traveling cause wholly crap did I miss it, but this a new 2 races in a row that have gone badly, and I am disappointed. Spending the next week going over things and hopefully prepping to have better races in the fall. and of course working with my coach to make a plan. For now I relax, get my body healed, get my new tattoo healed and then start mentally preparing for summer running, cause, it’s gonna be hot.