More Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler

Our trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the 20 Miler was a lot of fun. The island setting made for a unique running adventure. Logistically, this race is more challenging than others. With multiple shuttle rides and a ferry trip, advanced planning with timetables is required. Still, this is part of the character of the race. Being on the boat with hundreds of other people headed to the same event is kind of cool.

It was cold, but truthfully, we couldn’t have had better weather. Thankfully, the snow came earlier in the week. We only had to deal with the freezing temperature and a little ice. It was sunny and the wind wasn’t bad.

Debbie was pleased with her run, though she wished that she hadn’t faded in the final five miles. She said that the last part of the race really hurt. It was her longest race in 18 months. This is typical of an early season run of this distance. The lungs are fine, but the legs suffer. I agreed with Debbie’s assessment, though my GPS data proves that I had a good day. You can see from the elevation profile that the race course is more undulating in the second half. There are more turns and the running surface was rougher too. I went out easy, picked up the pace halfway, and finished strong despite fading in the last three miles. My heart rate shows that progression.

Debbie placed third in her age group, which was a pleasant surprise. Though, she was disappointed to see that first and second passed her in the final miles. I reminded her that we came out to Martha’s Vineyard for the training and for the fun. My uncle joked that she could trade her medal for a cookie.

Race Results

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