marathon #3 and new state #2 for the year.
country. The goals were the same as it has been for years: #1. Finish the race #2.
Shoot for under 5 hours. But I’ve had a #3 for the last 2 years that I could not muster
to add to this race which was PR….NOT in the cards.
the race area. The drive was nothing that exciting. Drove through New Hampshire with
a couple stops along the way.
|New Hampshire's View|
a wide selection of beers.
|Welcome to Vermont|
|What a cute little building. LOL|
the kids races so I snapped a few photos.
|Finish line setup|
just for the night in the area and I was grateful for that because most of the B&B’s in
the area required a 3 night stay. The Inn had a continental breakfast available for us at 5:30
on race day even!!! Thank you!! Additionally the Sugarbush Inn is part of the bigger
Sugarbush Resort and that allowed access to the clubhouse so that I could grab a shower
small breakfast I made my way to the start line. I love the small town feel of this race and was
excited to see so many (but not too many) happy faces on race morning.
that there are no surprises and what I have come to realize is that the elevation charts are
ALWAYS off. Either the chart is flawed so that you don't realize just how hilly the course is or
the reverse they make it out to be so much worse than it really is. I decided to ignore their
elevation chart and go with the comments I read (rolling hills). I have to give this race credit --
their elevation chart IS NOT to be ignored, it was spot on!!
|Not a misprint!!!|
course….because so many of them (myself included) walk the hills and look around unlike so
many other courses where you just run and not look.
|1st out and back|
|Cows and a view|
|Look at that hill!!!|
|Little cow said hi to the runners|
back home as I ran past many farms with cows and cattle at every turn. Surprisingly, even
though there were lots of signs for horses I only saw a few of them….I even counted them!!!
LOL! I saw 15 horses in the 26 miles...the last one was being ridden by a woman that was
obviously training...they were both “dressed up” rider with her riding crop and all!
|Enjoying the shade|
|Horse and a view!|
up….not as steep but taller. Lets not forget Had to do “the dip” twice as it also was at mile 21!!
Thankfully the aid station coming back had ice so the water bottle got filled with ice rather than
out there and even got a recommendation for a Massachusetts marathon now.
were rising (mid 70’s) but bad in the fact that the sweat had now dried and signs of chafing had
I of course can not remember the name of.
and then found some of the best tasting apple cider around. YUMMY!
|Traffic to Boston was too much -- needed a treat!!|
|Post run dinner!!!|
|Dinner with my swag|