Martha’s Vineyard Half Marathon #82

“In Vineyard Haven, on Martha’s Vineyard, I love the soft collision here of harbor and shore, the subtly haunting briny quality that all small towns have when they are situated on the sea.” -William Styron18555970_1704402672918159_3703208566399557584_n

For Christmas, I decided to give Andrew a memory.  I signed us up for the inaugural half marathon on Martha’s Vineyard:

http://www.marthasvineyardmarathon.com/

…and booked us a night at the Kelley House!

http://www.kelley-house.com/aboutus?s_kwcid=AL!4331!3!196504348254!e!!g!!kelley%20house&ef_id=WEWdqgAABVfQVLhR:20170525190332:s

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We left on Friday night for Cape Cod.  We stopped near Worchester and stayed at the Econo Lodge.  When we got to Wood’s Hole, we decided to ride our bikes from the Palmer parking lot to the ferry.  It was about 4 miles and worth the ride!  Since it cost so much money to take a car on the ferry, we opted to just ride our bikes around on the island!

 

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The race was nice and we had some good carb loading at the pizza place we found in Edgartown!  It was called “Edgartown Pizza.”  It was awesome.  We had some wings and a large pizza.  We didn’t think we would eat it all, but we sure did.

18582561_1703131216378638_2378777492619529220_nThis was the view from our balcony at the Chappy House!  Can’t beat that!

We went to the lighthouse in town.  Well, first we went for a little shakeout run in town and then we stopped at the lighthouse to look around.  I was a little chilly but it was worth the climb.

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This is the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgartown_Harbor_Light

 

We boarded the bus to the race on Sunday at about 7:00 in the morning.  When we got to the park, we did not have a lot of time, so we went to the bathroom and lined up for the race.  There were almost 1,000 runners in the half marathon and just shy of 400 in the marathon.  I thought this was a good turn out for the race.  I think that it was different because it was on an island.  There has to be some good views and you did get to go over the famous bridge from “Jaws.”  I am glad there were no sharks around.

I ended up finishing just shy of 1:53… I could have gone under 1:50 but I was a week out from a marathon.  My body is still recovering!  It was a pretty course. I wish there weren’t so many bikes, but what can you do? I have had a few good races and I still need to write up some blog posts. I think I am still on cloud nine from my marathon!  I do wish this race had started earlier, though it wasn’t too bad. My only big issue is that we took the bus from Edgartown and it said there would be buses at the end… yes, there were public buses but we did not know we would have to pay for them.  Luckily, a couple from Portland, Maine took us to Edgartown with them in a taxi!!! Super thankful… if you do this race bring bus money!!! We sure would have!

 

The medals were were nice and I liked the royal blue. I thought Andrew’s award was nice too!!!!  I wore my 3/4 top from Oiselle and it was magic! What a great weekend!!!! Hope Andrew enjoyed it… would I do this race again? Yes… it was the first year….I almost forgot to mention that Andrew won the half!!! I am so proud of him… he won the inaugural half marathon there… something he will always have!

 

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