This race is all about inspiring women to achieve their personal best  with their fitness  goals and celebrating women’s athleticism  There were 2745 finishers.

I left my home around 7:30am.  The race started at 9:00am. Getting into Boston was very easy considering there was zero traffic. I parked at the Hyatt Hotel near the Opera House because it’s easy to get in and out, and the Common is just a 3-minute walk. 

I enjoyed this race a lot.   The race management puts on an excellent well-organized race.  Bib and shirt pick up was easy, lines for the bathrooms were not too bad, plenty of water stops, and the streets were completely closed off to traffic keeping us safe. The race started at the Boston Common, then runners headed west on Beacon Street, next we took a right on Massachusetts Avenue, looped around Memorial Drive and then we headed back to the Boston Common.   The cityscape on the course were very beautiful especially the views of the water. 

After the race there were grab and go snacks.  Some of the snacks were bananas, race bars and packages of fruit chews. 

I ended up finished at 1 hour 28 minute and 1second. I am pleased with my results. I think Strength Training, improving my diet (less sugary snacks has helped my overall performance.   The cooler temperatures also helped me    maintain a faster pace throughout the race.

 Last year, I was 6 1/2 minutes slower.  

Overall, I am seeing better results with my running performance. I am not speedy, but I have more running power.


I also want to mention….

I am running the Disney Dopey Challenge in January 2023. .To make this event more spiritual, I am raising funds for the American Lung Association. This charity is important to me because I am asthmatic, To learn more about me click on the link and please make a donation .Thank You

Smuttynose Rockfest and Update on my Dopey 48.6 Mile Challenge

Today my spouse, two daughters, and my son-in-law and me participated in The Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and 5k which was held at Hampton Beach New Hampshire.  We all ran the 5k only. 

    Prior to the event, the race directors asked runners to arrive at the start area parking lot between 6:00-6:30am to avoid traffic and street detours.  We all arrived at the beach bright and early and found a parking space with ease.  Then came the two hours to prepare before race time. The half marathon started at 8:05am and the 5K started at 8:40am.

    We all hung out, had some breakfast in the car, used the bathrooms, and just enjoyed the morning. Picking up our packet was easy too; the expo was under tents along the beach. The weather was very breezy and cold due to the remnants of the hurricane Ian.  

    Around 8:00am, we headed to the start line to cheer on the Half Marathoners, and then it was our turn to run the 5k. We lined up in our corral by ability and then we were off.

     The course was basically two loops covering the streets of Ocean Boulevard and 1A. As I ran, I enjoyed the views of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a nice 3-mile flat run.

  After the finish, we all head on over to the Rockfest after-party beer garden for drinks and snacks.

Great morning ……………………………

Update on my progress with the Dopey Challenge (5k ,10k, Half Marathon, Full marathon weekend 48.6 miles ) The Mileage is increasing!!!!!

Wednesday ….5.5 miles.  

Thursday 15 miles.  This long run went well.  My body is responding very well to the workload. I am following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Training Marathon plan.   This long run was done 60 seconds per mile slower than my goal marathon pace to reduce wear and tear on my bodyMy fueling  also seems to be working for me.   My go to energy snack is Strawberry Twizzlers. I ate a Twizzler every other mile starting from mile 2 until mile 14. 

Friday Barbell Strength

Sunday Smuttynose 5k