Mainly Marathons Independence Series-Day #4 in Clinton, New Jersey

Date: May 2, 2015

Distance: 13.51

Time: 2:50:40

Today wrapped up the Independence Series for us, although several other runners will finish off the whole series of five races with a run in New York tomorrow. As for me, I am pretty glad I don’t have to get up at 4:15 a.m. for a fifth day in a row, and my quads will thank me as well. Thank goodness we’ve already run a race in New York state and get to sleep in tomorrow before heading to the airport.

I really had no idea what to expect with a Mainly Marathons race series experience, but now can highly recommend it. The race organizers and volunteers are amazing and the runners are both inspiring and encouraging. At a large, traditional race, cheering spectators might line the streets with clever signs.

These are the kinds of spectators you might find at a Mainly Marathons race. (Picture taken by a race participant during the Pennsylvania race).

These are the kinds of spectators you might find at a Mainly Marathons race. (Picture taken by a race participant during the Pennsylvania race).

In the case of these races, there are few or no spectators, but almost every runner along the course will greet you with a “great job” or “looking strong” comment–very often including your name as it is included on your race bib. After several miles with almost the same group of people each day, it becomes easy to learn many people’s names.

Then, there are the race volunteers. Without exception, the women at the timing table, the great folks at the beverage table, and the amazing food table folks and chef were always up for a chat and words of encouragement. It really made for the most supportive, encouraging, and inspiring race experience I’ve ever been a part of.

Would I do another series? Oh, yeah. Especially now that I know what to expect. Advice I would give to anyone considering a similar race experience? It’s a good idea to pace yourself and not go all out the first or second days, drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, don’t take yourself too seriously, and you might be surprised to find out that day four is easier than day three. In these races, it’s not about the finish time, it’s about the experience.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen on May 3, 2015 at 7:27 am

    So proud of you Gail! Sounds like a wonderful experience!


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