Last week while I was at the weekly track club workout I’ve been going to while up on the Cape another member mentioned to me that they were on the board of the Falmouth Track Club and they had an extra bib for the Falmouth Road Race that weekend if I was interested…
Interested?!? I LOVED the Falmouth Road Race when I did it last year and was really disappointed when I didn’t get in through the lottery this year – I’ll take it!
I headed to the expo Friday night to pick up my bib and race swag. I honestly think the Falmouth Road Race does the best swag – we got a really nice program, a race poster and coffee mug all in a reusable tote bag! I MUCH prefer a coffee mug to a t-shirt that I’ll never wear!
Since I hadn’t been planning on running the race I hadn’t looked into the details much. I knew Meb Keflezighi (2014 Boston Marathon winner!) was scheduled to be at the race, but when I saw he was going to be speaking at the expo the next day I decided it would be worth a trip back!
Meb & Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray spoke for about 45 minutes, it was funny, interesting and inspirational and I’m so glad I went! Afterwards Meb was more than happy to take photos and sign autographs (and I bought his book which I can’t wait to start reading!).
Race morning I met Stacey and her friend Jess to get on a bus to the race start. It’s amazing to me how they can transport and fit 13,000 runners into tiny little Woods Hole!
We were nice and early, so we had about an hour and a half to hangout with runner friends, hydrate and make multiple porta-potty trips before the 9am start.
We decided that once we crossed the starting line we’d all run our own race since we all had slightly different goals.
Since I normally only run 3 times a week and had already run 4 times this week I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from my legs, but ideally, if my legs felt ok, my goal was to beat my time from last year (it’s a 7 mile race and my time last year was 1:05:56).
The views along this course are gorgeous (there’s a reason this “small town” 7 mile race has a lottery!) and I couldn’t resist pulling out my phone for a few pictures!
Now here’s the thing about the Falmouth Road Race, it’s traditionally held on the hottest day of the summer.
Yup. I have no idea how they manage it, but oh my goodness it’s SOOOO hot every year (and so hard to resist just running and jumping IN the water instead of running by it!).
One of the nice things about this race (other than the views!) is the crowd support!
I’m pretty sure all of Falmouth comes out to cheer on the runners, set up their own water stations and stand on their front lawns with hoses ready to spray anyone who wants to be cooled down (and let me tell you I ran through EVERY hose – I was soaked by the end of the race!).
Despite running on tired legs I felt pretty good most of the race and was on pace to beat my time from last year (even with a quick porta-potty stop around mile 4…guess I hydrated a bit too much!).
As I turned the corner for the last climb to the finish I briefly reminisced about my experience on the hill last year (you can read about it HERE, but long story short the heat and the push up the hill got to me and I took a brief stop to lose the large ice coffee I had before the race…).
This time I made it up the hill…and kept going!
As you come over the hill the view is just amazing, an enormous American flag over the finish line along the beach and spectators all around.
My final time was 1:03:43, a 2 minute 13 second PR over last year!
I really do love this race, I can’t recommend it enough to anyone interested in visiting Cape Cod – I’ll definitely be entering the lottery next year (fingers crossed!).
How would you feel about a race mug vs. shirt?
What’s the most scenic race you’ve ever done?
**You can find my 2013 reap of the Falmouth Road Race HERE**