If you missed them, be sure to check out my previous Falmouth Road Race posts!
And now, time for The Run!
The crowd support I had heard so much about at this race was apparent immediately – as soon as we crossed the starting line the streets were lined with spectators cheering us on!
I had been hoping to use this race as a 7 mile tempo run at a 9:05 pace for my upcoming half & full marathon, but as we got closer to the start and it heated up I decided I’d be happy if I ended up around a 9:30 pace.
The first mile was narrow and crowded and we weren’t able to quite get down to that 9:30 pace, but I can tell you my pace was the last thing I was thinking about as we ran along the coast taking in the spectacular views…
…and as we came around the corner to the iconic Falmouth Road Race view my jaw dropped (and somehow I managed to keep running and not trip over my feet, which if you know me is quite a feat)!
Heading towards the Nobska Lighthouse..
It was absolutely gorgeous, and fortunately running along the coast provided a bit of a breeze, because with a 10am start in mid-August IT. WAS. HOT! (*The Falmouth Road Race has said they are taking requests for an earlier start into consideration for next year.)
After the lighthouse the next few miles were along a nice shady road lined with trees and cheering spectators!
The spectators were generous with high fives (I even ran out of my way to give a little Rangers fan a high five!) and hoses to cool us off. Some even had their own water stations set up (and from what I saw this was not their first rodeo – these were some legit water stations!).
I knew my mom was waiting around the mile 6 marker so as I passed mile 5 I text her that I was close (again, you should be impressed that I didn’t face plant…DON’T TEXT & RUN!).
And right at mile 6, there she was!
I ran over for a quick picture and then kept going (only a mile left!).
As we headed past mile 6 we had gotten down to around a 9:10 pace, but the heat was definitely starting to get to me and I started to not feel so great…
…we turned towards the last half mile of the race and I felt pretty good on the big climb before the downhill to the finish. Pat even ran ahead and took this great photo, definitely one of my favorite race photos to date!
Now all that was left was the downhill to the finish!
Unfortunately that proved to be a little too much for me and a quarter of a mile from the finish I may or may not (but probably may) have run to the side to throw up. And with that, my first time getting sick during a race!
But come on, if you’re going to be sick on the side of the road with the finish line in sight at the end of a hot, humid, hilly 7 miles, wouldn’t you want this to be your view??
Fortunately “the incident” (as we will now refer to it as) didn’t last long and within about 20 seconds I was up and “running” and headed towards that finish line!
The refreshment area was great! There were immediate bottles of water (which I desperately needed post “incident”) and then we were given plastic bags and sent through a tent which had bananas, raisins, pretzels, Cape Cod potato chips (yum!), granola bars and plain bread (excuse the lack of pictures but I was much more concerned with re-hydrating at the moment!)
After the race refreshments we headed onto the field where there were plenty of sponsor booths with other snacks and samples – after 2 bottles of water, some potato chips and a frozen yogurt bar I was feeling pretty good!
I took in the scenery, stopped for a picture with my mom and took a short “incident” stop and I still finished in 1:05:56 with a 9:17 average pace – I’ll take it!
Overall I LOVED this race and can’t wait to do it again! Since it’s a lottery that only guarantees entry every other year if I don’t get in next year I already decided I’d love to volunteer just to be a part of it!