Another Falmouth Road Race (thanks Health Warrior for my entry!) is in the books, and what a GORGEOUS day we had for the race! I was admittedly a little nervous after the super warm and humid temperatures we had earlier in the week. I woke up Sunday morning to less humidity and mild temps, and headed down my street to catch a bus to the start line.
As a result of the race, traffic is closed on many roads and runners are bused to the start to avoid traffic congestion and keep roads clear before the race start. I didn’t have to wait too long for a bus, but I’m glad I made sure to put on sunscreen, because we were standing around in the sun at the start for about and hour and half before race time!
The Falmouth Road Race adopted a pulse start system a few years ago, so runners self-seed and are started every few minutes to minimize crowding on the course. I got up near the front, so I was actually able to run without feeling claustrophobic, and it was AWESOME! I made the last-minute decision not to wear a watch for the race, and I’m so glad I did!
I got into my groove early in the race–setting my own pace and not going out too fast or getting concerned with people passing me! I tried to high-five as many people along the course as I could and tried to have fun while running (in addition to taking regular water and running through all the hoses/sprinklers I saw along the course!).
I crossed the finish line in 59:35 (8:31 min/mile), and I’m very happy with the time. I haven’t been running as much this summer and not working on speed at all, so I was pleasantly surprised! To celebrate another Falmouth Road Race and school starting soon, Health Warrior has been kind enough to allow me to give away a sampler box of their chia bars and protein bars (worth $68!).
To encourage healthier eating in our children, Health Warrior will be donating $0.10 from each bar sold at Whole Foods from August 24- September to the Whole Kids Foundation! The Whole Kids Foundation is a charitable organization that provides kids with healthy food choices by building school gardens, salad bars, and offering healthy eating training programs for teachers. By aligning themselves with the Whole Kids Foundation, Health Warrior hopes to help provide better school nutrition to kids across the country!