Category Archives: Half Marathon

Great Bay Half Marathon

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The Great Bay Half marathon is a big race (part of the Locorunning “Will Run for Beer” seeies), with runners flowing over the rolling hills of seacoast New Hampshire. Musicians and dancers along the way provide entertainment, and everyone has a great time.

I’ve got an injury, so I can’t run today…but I’ll bike the course, and you can run along with me!


They call themselves Nice & Naughty. (Hmmm… Which one’s naughty?)





All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the photos in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

Join the conversation! Please comment below:

Half at the Hamptons

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The Half at the Hamptons in Hampton Beach, NH is the first half-marathon of the year around here. It features a flat course, 1200 happy runners…and hot soup and cold beer after the race. (Which we all expect, since this is part of the “Will run for Beer” race series. :)

I’m the Running Photographer, so of course I’ve got a camera with me. I’ll be taking pictures as I run. Come! Join me in the thick of the action at the Half at the Hamptons…


We’ve had cabin fever for weeks…


…so we explode from the starting line!

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)


Dan and Gail say a warm Hello as they run by.


Barefoot? These guys wouldn’t run any other way!


Pain is a privilege? I’m not so sure. But I’d rather be here than anywhere else.

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below…

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

Join the conversation! Please comment below:

White Mountain Milers (WMM) Half Marathon

Here are photos I took at the 2009 White Mountain Milers (WMM) Half Marathon in North Conway, NH.

Although it is in the White Mountains, the course is remarkably flat…and the foliage was beautiful (despite a deluge of Biblical proportions the day before).

After the race, we all enjoyed Very Fancy Pizza.  (It was so fancy they call it “Flatbread.”)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 White Mountain Milers (WMM) Half Marathon in North Conway, NH:

Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon

The Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon is aptly named, as the course takes runners through four covered bridges. It’s like running through a Currier and Ives print:

I have always been fond of this race, as it was the first Half I ever ran. (I ran it in 2005–the first year of the race.) But a couple of weeks before this race I hurt my foot(plantar fasciitis) so I could not run. Nevertheless, I came to cheer and take pictures. If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and imagine yourself running in the 2009 Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Swanzey, NH:

Great Bay Half Marathon

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Early in February I suffered a back injury.   For more than a month, I could only take a step or two–then had to stop because of the pain.   It took a lo-o-ng time to hobble to the kitchen, or the bathroom.   I saw my phystical therapist two or three times a week…but other than that, I never set foot outside.
 
Three weeks ago I was finally able to walk…so I put on my running shoes and went outside.   Could I run?   I didn’t even try.   My physical therapist was very clear about that.   No running!   But he said an easy jog would be okay.
 
I managed a third of a mile.
 
(I know.   That’s not very far.   But for me it was fantastic!)
 
Over the last three weeks I built up my distance to six miles.   So today is a big test for me.   If I can run 13.1 miles and feel okay afterwards, then I will enter the Boston Marathon.   (I have a number for Boston…but Marathon Monday is just two weeks away. )   It’s a dumb, dumb idea…but I have the number.   Is it possible?
 
I’ll find out today.   If I can’t finish this Half, or if I’m limping afterwards, then Boston is out of the question.   But maybe I can reach the finish line…
 
So my goal today is not a particular time. I just want to finish, without limping.   I’m carrying a small camera, so you can join me as I try to run the 2009 Great Bay Half Marathon. 



Two or three minutes into the race...

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)  



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All right!   Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that gives you a first-person experience of running this race.   Go ahead!   Click the ‘Play’ button below…
 

 

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it?   What could be improved?
 

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

 

Join the conversation!   Please comment below:
 

Half at the Hamptons

Race #3 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)

You must be wondering:

Why are there no photos in this blog entry? Why no photos of this race?

Because I’m not there.

I pre-registered for the Half at the Hamptons, and looked forward to it.  I think of it as a good benchmark in my training for Boston…

…but right now I can’t run.  Can’t even walk.  I get sudden, intense pain in my, err, butt with every step, no matter how gently I try to move.  So I

Just.  Can’t.  Walk.

Hope to recover soon.  But for now, no races. 

(I am only including this page because later this year you might want to click on the link at the right, labelled “Will Run for Beer”…and I don’t want you to wonder, What happened to Race #3 in the Series?)

Race #3 is happening just fine.  But, alas, it is happening without me.

See you next week.