Sunday, April 5, 2009

Great Bay Half Marathon

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Race #5 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)

These are photos I took at the 2009 Great Bay Half Marathon in Newmarket, NH:

Early in February I suffered a back injury, which made it impossible for me to walk. For a number of weeks, I could not take more than a few, very slow, very painful steps.

Three weeks ago I was finally able to walk, so I put on my running shoes and went for a short run. Just a jog, really, for a third of a mile--but it was a start. In the last three weeks I built up my distance to six miles. So this half-marathon is a litmus test for me. If I can run 13.1 miles and feel okay afterwards, then I will enter the Boston Marathon. (Just two weeks away!) But if I can't finish, or if I'm limping afterwards, then Boston is out of the question.

So my goal today is not a particular time...but just to finish, without limping. I'm carrying a small camera as I run, and I take lots of pictures during the race. My goal is to give you a "runners-eye view" of my race experience.

(Yes, I take photos as I run. I don't stop or slow down. After all, I'm in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Great Bay Half Marathon in Newmarket, NH:

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