I’m in Boise, Idaho so of course we have a race called the Famous Potato! It’s put on year by the YMCA and it’s a popular fun Spring race.
I left the house around 5:40am to head to the finish line area. The half marathoner’s and marathoner’s take a shuttle to the starting line at Lucky Peak Reservoir then we run back towards town. The finish line is at Ann Morrison Park right near downtown Boise.
I wore my BAR (Boise Area Runners) tank and shorts because the weather was going to be hot. Both the marathoners and half marathoners start at 7am and although it’s usually cold and windy at the start line, it was 73 degrees when I left the house so it was actually muggy and hot. I’m glad it was overcast otherwise it would have been much hotter out.
The race goes along the river on the Greenbelt and it’s a nice gradual downhill the first several miles. I actually love races where I am surrounded by lots of people because I really feed off all of the energy and it helps me keep a faster pace.
Getting close to the finish line is always great but since I know this area of the Greenbelt really well I start repeating my “finish line mantra” to speed up at the end. I also love hearing the music and crowd as I get closer to the finish line, it pumps me up to sprint!
Finisher’s T-shirt, always has a baked potato on it. I’m glad this year they had men’s and women’s sizes this year instead of unisex.I finished in 2:05 which is slower than my usual half marathon time but I used the race more as a training run. Overall it was a fun day and great race.
Question of the day:
Did you have a race or long training run this weekend?