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Mayflower Brewing Half Race Recap and Turning 28!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I have so much to share since my last post!  Yesterday was my 28th birthday and it was one of the best celebrations I have had, finishing off a fantastic weekend and race with my brother Jack.  I’ll start back at the beginning!

Friday night mom and I headed to PTown with the pups to enjoy some Cape time before the race on Sunday.  We really chilled out, which was exactly what I needed.  I enjoyed a night run through PTown on Friday and then an easy hike with the pups Saturday.

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View of the jetty from my run

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Besties 🙂
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Lady Slippers!

And of course some delicious food at Cafe Heaven and The Canteen.  Both are places you should absolutely check out if you visit.  Cafe Heaven has the most delicious omelettes and homemade english muffins.  At The Canteen I would highly recommend the lobster rolls and crispy brussels sprouts!  The Canteen also has a spectacular view of the water out back.

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After a chill evening on Saturday it was an early morning wake up for the Mayflower Brewing Half Marathon!  I was a little worried I was going to be late because we got stuck behind some slow pokes on the road, but I made it to the start and found Jacko!  This was critical since I had his bib!  And the best surprise was that my friend Caitlin was also running and her husband Jon and my hetero-lifemate SG were there to cheer us on!

Jack and I were in different waves, so I started first.  I knew this was going to be a hilly course, but there was literally an epic mountain at mile 1 and quite a few steep ones throughout.  I haven’t been doing a ton of hill training, but luckily I was able to push through and hold onto a decent pace.  Here are my splits!

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Definitely not as consistent as the Run to Remember, but that makes sense given the hills.  I finished with a time of 1:38:46 and to my surprise I was the 6th female finisher and 3rd in my age group!  Not too shabby 🙂

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And Jack did such a great job for his first race!  He somehow did not go across the finish line chip timer, so we don’t know his official time, but we saw him at the finish!

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Such a great race and day with my family and friends.  Somewhere around mile 4 or 5 on some painful hill I was thinking about why I love to run so much.  It is definitely in part the physical exhilaration and sense of accomplishment setting new PRs.  But I think what really motivates me is the sense of community with other runs and shared dedication to challenging ourselves.  It’s funny because I love races not so much because I can try to outrun people, but because I can run along side others.  It is constantly inspirational 🙂

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Oh and Lola was quite exhausted even though she was just a spectator.  Poor pug…

Post-race I kicked off my 28th birthday celebration with an amazing family dinner at Alden and Harlow in Harvard Square.  My wonderful family gave me some really cool Smith running sunglasses I cannot wait to try out and Kate is taking me to see Miranda Lambert in August!  I LOVE Miranda, so I am pumped!

And last but not least of this whirlwind weekend I celebrated my 28th birthday with my lady crew last night.  These amazing women planned a delicious meal and spa night!

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I could not feel more fortunate to have some pretty open-hearted, fun, and giving people in my life.  28 is going to be a pretty awesome year!

How were your weekends?  Any race recaps or fun plans to share?

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