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Monday, May 27, 2013

Massachusetts race day

It was a fun weekend in Boston capped by a great Half marathon yesterday.  I wanted to make it to the start a little early to see the tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing but the bus I was to take ran late.  Needless to say I started the morning a little perturbed by that.  I managed to make it to the tail end of the bagpipers performing Amazing Grace followed by the customary National Anthem.  It was very nice.

Race day was cloudy with a light drizzle but overall not bad.  Temps were cool and the course not hilly.  One of the best parts of the course was seeing it lined with police officers.  These were officers not there to direct traffic or work crowd control.  They were there to cheer on the runners and provide their support.  It was cool as in every runner participating was there to do the exact same for them.

A real nice surprise was bumping into my good friend Jeanette who happened to be in Boston with her boyfriend.  She showed up ready to cheer with a sign and all.  And when I say she was loud .. I mean she was LOUD.  She was great.  I caught her at two cheering posts and both times gave me a good burst of adrenaline.

I finished in 1:42:40.  I'm happy with that time but want to get back into the 1:35 range.  I'm working on it.

Up next:  Washington (Seattle) 

Race start

Runners approaching finish (of course that's when the sun decided to come out)

Finished in 1:42:40

Post race lunch at Villa Francesca in North End

Sausages .. delicious

Cannoli time

Jeanette in front of Mike's Pastry

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