The Margarita Half Marathon was originally scheduled for May 3rd in New Hampshire.
Due to COVID-19 the Margarita Half Marathon and 5K were turned into virtual races. I ran my half marathon on July 10th.
May is a great time to run a half marathon in New Hampshire, July is not such a great time to run a half marathon in the Greater Boston Area (GBA).
Running the Margarita Half Marathon 2020
This was my second half marathon in 14 days. On June 27th I ran The Great Bay Half which was postponed from April 5th to a virtual half.
I had Friday off and decided it would be a good day for a half. No matter how unfit I was or how hot it was, I was going to do it.
At 8:56 AM I set off from Medford headed to somewhere in Cambridge. I had a general idea of where I was going. My sole criteria for a turn around point was the mile 6 mark.
It’s easier to add on distance on the way back. In May I ran a half and ended up walking almost a mile so I could stop my watch at 13.1 miles for my official distance.
Sometimes I learn from my mistakes.
Garmin lists the temperature at 73° F, but that must have been at 8:56 when I started my watch.
As I ran down my street I actually felt pretty good. And that’s unusual. Usually a knee or an ankle makes a few grumbles.
I should have recalled that when things start out well, they often do not end well.
The First Six Miles
I knew it was going to be warm, hot even. Over the past few months my training has been poor.
My only goal was to finish the race through an honest effort. There’s no cheating in virtual racing. At least not for me.
The first two miles got me to the Somerville side of the Mystic River bridge.
This segment, along the Fellsway, was mostly in full sun.
After the bridge I took a right onto Shore Drive towards Blessing of The Bay Boat House. They had the crew of summer work kids out front for their morning brief.
I was glad to see that at least some kids were getting the opportunity to earn a few dollars and learn how to work this summer.
I went under the Rt. 93 bridge and headed south on Mystic Ave/Rt. 38. The on-coming traffic kept me very focused as the sidewalk is narrow here and folks like to fly down this road.
I found a break in traffic and crossed Mystic Ave to run the back side of Foss Park. The pool was full, but the facility was closed.
I chose this route for a little shade.
To avoid the bridge over the rail tracks I went down Broadway to Cross Street and ran through East Somerville up to Washington Street.
I hit Mile 4 just before I crossed The McGrath Highway and headed for East Cambridge.
Eventually I ended up in Kendall Square and headed down Broadway to find my turn around spot.
On my way down Broadway I passed a Starbucks. I wasn’t at mile 6 yet but one water bottle was almost empty and I wasn’t even half way yet.
I ordered a Trenta iced coffee on my phone and turned back to Starbucks.
As I approached the door I stopped my Garmin and then stepped into the dark coolness. My drink was being made as I approached the counter, so I only had a minute or so to cool off.
I grabbed a straw and stepped back into the heat.
The Long Road Home
I was now on my way home and short on distance. My watch hit mile six as I walked down Broadway drinking my coffee. Man it was good!
I took a leisurely jog back through Kendall and The Canal District down to Lechemere Station.
My shorts were so wet from sweat and water dripping off of my coffee that for a moment I thought I had a problem!
When it’s hot and you are sweating, that is a good thing.
I found a trash can on Cambridge Street and tossed in my empty cup. It only took about a mile and 12 minutes to drink the entire cup. And all of the ice had melted.
I pretty much took the same route back to Washington Street and then took a left into the neighborhood.
At this point my quads were exhausted and I was beginning to feel altered.
I checked my running belt for a salt pill, but I didn’t have one. That was a crucial error on a day like this.
My sports drink had some sodium, but I was dripping sweat.
I got back onto Broadway and ran the same route back to Blessing of the Bay Boat House.
Fortunately they had a porta-potty on the grass next to their parking lot.
It was like an oven in there, but I meant business!
I continued on the bike path next to Rt. 93 and headed for Medford.
I didn’t hit mile 11 until I had crossed The Mystic Valley Parkway and was less than a mile from home.
At this point I was doing a fair amount of walking and experiencing the worse part of what I had anticipated.
When I got back into my neighborhood I started going up and down the side streets to get in my distance.
So close to home and I felt like I was running laps!
I managed to jog down my street and stopped my watch before I got to my house.
I was DONE!
I don’t think everyone has run and reported their results yet. But as of my run I was 131 out of 138!
Have you run any virtual races this year? How do you feel about them?
Run well my Friends!