The UnitedHealth Care Marathon Newport RI 10/13/13

15 Oct

The marathon has come and gone but it was great! The weather was perfect and the views were beautiful. I have so much to say about the weekend that I am going to break it up into two different posts. The first will be about the race and the other will be about the weekend.
So the race…
The race was at 8 am. There was no parking at the start/finish so we needed to get a bus from the marathon parking lot. We arrived at the lot about 7 am. The parking was easy to get to and the busses were right there. There was no waiting. It was a cool morning but Dave and the kids came with me to the start so I was able to dress so I wasn’t freezing. Once we got to the start area we waited around but it didn’t feel like it was forever, even though I was totally freaking out. I was feeling really nervous even though I knew that I could do the race. Dave kept telling me that I would be fine. The night before the race and race morning are the worst. I always wonder why I put myself through it but that feeling so quietly is forgotten once the race starts.
Here is a picture before the race! Can you tell that I am freaking out?

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I then headed over to the start and waited. The race didn’t start right on time because people were still getting bused in. It was crowded!

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Once the race got started I was ready to go. I was looking at my watch a lot because I knew that didn’t want to go out too fast. The half marathon runners and full marathon runners run the first 13.1 miles together and it felt like I was the only one running the full marathon so I didn’t want to get wrapped up with my pace.
The first half of the race was all around the mansions and the coastline of Newport. It was absolutely beautiful. I did stop to take two pictures during the race.

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The second half of the race was beautiful too but I forgot to take pictures. I was a little more focused on running during the second half. It did get harder as the miles added up but I never hit the wall. I was sore as I was running. I stopped to stretch two times and did walk up the hills during the second half, which seemed to have a lot more hills. But really before I knew it I was through the finish line. I was immediately so proud of myself and felt like I could surely do that again. Which is a good thing considering I already have registered for my next marathon.
Here I am with my kids, celebrating my accomplishment.

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All in all it was a great time. I was happy with the race I ran. My time was 4:39:03! I took off about 55 minutes of my last marathon time. Who would think that being 8 years older and having three kids would make me go faster. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do next.
I will take a few days to rest but I am so ready to get out there are run again.

One Response to “The UnitedHealth Care Marathon Newport RI 10/13/13”

  1. David Syzdek October 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Great job Libby! I am so proud of you! You did an awesome job and you should feel proud too. I can’t wait to be there at the finish of your next race!

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