Half Marathon Playlist & Photo Challenge!

Although I didn’t have the fastest run of my life, running the Twin Lobster Half Marathon was a blast! This was partially due to the fact throughout my training I made sure to craft a playlist that would get my through 13.1 miles. I almost always listen to music while running. It helps me zone out a little and just go.

Yesterday I joined Runner’s World’s Twitter chat in honor of National Running Day. One of the questions was, “What advise would you give to new runners.” My answer was stop making excuses. I have made excuses for myself in the past and I have heard people say that they just “aren’t runners” a zillion times. Am I a runner? I run…I ran a half marathon. But do I consider myself a runner? Probably not. I am definitely no Shalane Flanagan.

I digress. The reason I brought this up was because one person’s answer was that the first mile lies. This is so completely true but I actually think the first three miles lie! I don’t start feeling good until I am about three miles into a run. That says a lot for when I run 5ks! And finally, coming full circle, this is why I need a killer playlist. Getting through those first 3 miles is crucial to finishing a race or a long training run strong.

Here is my beautifully crafted half marathon playlist from last weekend.

Twin Lobster Half Marathon Playlist

A little old, a little new. A little of everything (including Meatloaf). Note that my absolute favorite workout song ever is on there. Shawty Got Moves is on just about every playlist I make.

And now on to something else fun!

Photo A Day Challenge #30SummerDays

I’ve seen this challenge floating around on a few other blogs and I thought it would be really fun. The challenge is easy…each day there is a new daily theme. Just snap a picture of the given theme and post to Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #30SummerDays.

Here are the daily themes…I skipped Day 1 because I was running a half marathon and was solely focused on eating food after and not posting about what makes me lucky.

Week 1

1 – Rabbit, Rabbit! What brings you good luck?
2 – Monday, ugh! What’s keeping you going today? Me: Island Coconut coffee!

island coconut coffee
3 – Who made you smile today? Me: Curt ALWAYS makes me smile! Even when he steals me clean socks.

makes me smile
4 – Look up. What do you see? Me: Old and new Boston

look up!
5 – #TBT Share a photo from a past summer trip!
6 – National Doughnut Day! Snap a pic celebrating! Or, what did you have instead?!
7 – Saturday! What are you up to?

 Week 2

8 – Time to relax before the start of the week. What does relaxing look like to you?
9 – Manic Monday! What’s giving you a case of the Mondays?
10 – Is the sun out? Snap a pic! If not, what’s it like out there?
11 – Get over the hump of the week. How were you productive today?
12 – Treat yourself, it’s almost the weekend!
13 – Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious and ducking for cover, or out and about?
14 – Flag Day! Got one flying in the warm breeze?

Week 3

15 – Happy Father’s Day! Snap a pic or share one of an awesome dad!
16 – Moday motivation. What motivates you?
17 – Got a pet? Share them with the world!
18 – Stretch those legs mid-week and go outside or for a walk. Snap and share!
19 – #OOTD, what are you wearing? Got your summer clothes on?!
20 – Happy Friday! You made it! Smile and say cheese :)
21 – HAPPY SUMMER! Take a picture of what summer looks like to you to celebrate!

Week 4

22 – Sunday Pancakes! Do you have a Sunday breakfast routine?
23 – Got those sandals out? What’s your favorite pair?
24 – What made you happy today?
25 – Are the flowers blooming? Take a picture of your favorite!
26 – Wehew, it’s hot out there. How are you cooling down?
27 – Last Friday of the month, what are you up to?
28 – Is today a beach day? Snap a pic and make everyone jealous!

Week 5

29 – Go out for a picnic! Make sure to take a picture!
30 – Last day of June, how are you sending it off?

Twin Lobster Half Marathon {Race Recap}

I am so happy I finally completed my first half marathon! This is a distance that has eluded and terrified me for the past 5 years (at least)! I can honestly say I would never have been able to do it without my amazing training partner, Mugsy!

twin lobster half marathon

Not only is she a great friend but a great training partner as well. Thanks Mugs!

13.1

The race started at 8:30 am, right on time. This was great because it was warm already and already getting warmer. This race was not flat but we knew that in advance because we drove the course the day before.

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The difficult part about training for a longer race in New England in the spring is that you never know what the weather will be like. On all of our training runs, the weather was either cold and sunny or cool and cloudy. This was GREAT running weather. The day of the race was warm and sunny. Yikes…not prepared for that.

The golden rule is not to do anything new on race day so I wore the capri pants I did most of my long runs in. Not ideal for 70 degree, sunny weather. I was HOT from the start. Lesson learned – even if its 50 degrees, train in shorts on a few runs!

I did not run as fast or feel as awesome as I would have liked and I slightly started to beat myself up over it but then I realized…this is my FIRST half marathon. FIRST as is I have many more to races in my future to learn from my mistakes in this one and fix them in future.

I ended up finishing in 2:16:10 with  an overall race pace of 10:23 min/mile. Not my fastest but it was a new PDR for me! That’s a win in itself! Another win…the views! This race was beautiful!

We started running down the causeway and past the famous Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial. Full disclosure – I took these pictures post race. I haven’t quite mastered the taking pictures will running 13.1 miles thing yet. I also felt super touristy taking these pictures in my own backyard. Oh well!

gloucester fishermen's memorial

 

Having ocean views for most of the race was a huge plus for me. If I wasn’t a human I would absolutely be a mermaid.

causeway

This view doesn’t suck…

Nile's Beach

And neither does this…

gloucester

Overall I am happy that I can check this race distance off my bucket list. I hope to run another soon (maybe in the fall) and I now have a time to beat!