Road Running race 1:28:45  13.2 mi (6:43 / mi) +200m 6:25 / mi
shoes: Newton MV3
Great Bay Half Marathon, Newmarket. I felt reasonably prepared this year, and managed to be faster than the two previous times (but only within 2 minutes). Fabulous weather (38 - 44 F but some wind gusts). I was hoping to get closer or perhaps beat my PR of 127 .. (need to look it up). I have done 8 of the 10 races that have been held since 2007.
My favorite road race - it does include 3.5 miles on a dirt road. But it is rolling and the hills seem to be steeper every year! Gorgeous views of Great Bay along the way, and the community is out and about cheering, in particular various groups of musicians and also a troupe of belly dancers. This years special attraction: a guy playing the banjo at the same time while swinging a hoola-hoop around his waist (actually a friend I know). I tried to wave at him, but he apparently could not take his eyes off his hoola-hoop. I wonder if he ever stopped. The bagpiper was missing this year.
I was pleased with my race. I was 20th overall and I won my age class (60 - 69) and would have also won the 50-59 age class (by 2 min). I finished just behind the second and third woman. I was falling behind them at around mile 3 but was able to hang on for the rest. Overall participation was down, I think it was around 600, but used to be around 2000.