Today my 26-year-old daughter Carrie and I participated in the Smutty Nose Rockfest Half Marathon or 5k run. The race was held at Hampton Beach NH. We ran the 5k. Although my daughter ran much faster than me, we had a great day.
Our race began at 8:40 am. The whistle blew and we were off. The first 100 yards into the race, I was left in the dust by her. She was out of my sight the whole entire race. Daughter out-performs Mother! Big time. She beat me by at least 10 minutes.
Now, time to back up to prerace morning……..
My day started at 4:00 am in the morning, I had a quick breakfast, and then I was out the door to pick up my daughter who lives in Beverly. I arrived at her house at 5:00 am and then we were on our way to Hampton Beach. The race directors wanted the runners to arrive early, to avoid any parking headaches, plus the roads will be closing around 6:30am. The race director estimated over 3000+ runners would be there. My plan was to get there by 6:00 am or a bit earlier so I can easily park.
We arrived in Hampton around 5:50 am, parked and quickly got our numbers and fleece race jackets. We walked around a little bit, sat in the car and had our breakfast Dunkin Donut muffins, watch the half marathon runners take off and then it was our turn to run the 5k. Race temperature was 60 degrees and cloudy.
The first mile was up 1A Ocean Blvd with the beach on the right. The second mile was inland. The last mile, we were back on 1A Ocean Blvd heading back to the finish line. The roads were flat and my energy was good throughout the race.
After the race, Carrie and I went to the food tent to get some minestrone soup. Carrie also had a lobster roll.
Then it was time to head home.