Yesterday I ran my 5th half marathon of 2012 in beautiful Falmouth, MA. This was the first race in Cape Cod for Zooma Women’s Race Series. So the big question of the day was if it is a women’s race, why were there guys running? Hmmmmmm.
I ended up going up the night before the race because there was not a same day bib pickup option. The race location was at Sea Crest Beach Inn, which is also were I decided to stay. Having the start finish line just steps away from the hotel’s front door was probably the best thing about the morning.
Overall I would have to give the Sea Crest a mediocre rating. The hotel’s website depicts a much nicer presentation than I received. But I guess that is what they call good marketing. The grounds, pool options and beach use were spectacular but the room was average at best.
Red’s Restaurant was a convenient option, however the dinner choices were extremely limited. I thought the décor was casual and fun and having the option to sit on the “porch” with views overlooking the water with windows that open to the wonderful bay breeze. The blackened Salmon with New England Succotash was a perfect melody of fresh veggies and fish. As we finished dinner the sun was setting and provided a beautiful view.
Showers arrived overnight, but the weather was another positive of the race weekend with the cloudy skies keeping the warm sun at bay. I got to the start line with just 15 minute wait time and then we were off. The race description did claim a rolling course and boy were they not kidding! This was a tough challenging course to say the least. There is nothing wrong with hills or rolling courses because I love a challenge, however I hated this course. I don’t think I’ve ever despised a course more. It was boring, boring and oh, boring. Couldn’t they find a better route? I was shocked at how much I disliked this course which really played with my mental game. I had to push through all the negative thoughts and forced myself to just get it done. I had ZERO fun out on this course. It was a less than desired outcome. In the last mile a photographer jumped in front of me and screamed, “let’s have a smile”. I wonder what kind of face I was able to provide. I bet it’s going to be priceless—ha ha.
Despite the degree of difficulty being much higher at this race compared to Sunday’s Surftown Half I squeaked out a better time by a mere 13 seconds. Hey, but I will take it. I am looking for any positive that I can to take away from this race. One thing I was excited about was that instead of a medal the finishers received a necklace, but the quality of the piece was a bit less than desired. It is still a cute change of pace than the medals hanging on my wall.
Before heading home we decided to find a place for breakfast and we stopped at Crabapples. Fabulous find! Loved this place and the food was superb. The Irish Benedict hit the spot and I can honestly say I will hit Crabapples my next visit to Falmouth! Hopefully it will be for their lunch menu because their pies looked amazing.
So, my race experience was not all rainbows and butterflies, but a challenge is a challenge. One of the many reasons I run is to challenge myself so I will let go of the negatives of the weekend and choose to take away the beauty of Falmouth, the yummy eats and time spent with my mom as wonderful memories.running by faith, Bekah