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I originally signed up for the Bahamas Marathon with the intention of taking my wife on a #runcation and enjoying the Islands of Song, sun, sand, and of course running. I love #desitnation racing because I get to learn about a new area (or learn more about and area I thought I knew.) I get to experience scenery which is sometimes overlooked or not publicized.
My desire to run in the Bahamas was not solely because of scenery. Yes, I frequently use the #haverunwilltravel hashtag; but running for me is not just about travel and experiences. To be honest; I’m more of a cold weather runner; but I was really impressed with how many charities the race benefits!
Running for a charity makes me feel good, because I know my efforts are going to a worthy cause.
BUT, you’re probably here for a commentary on the race itself, and whether or not you should run it.
All things considered though, its not really a bad thing that the race was virtual. I was able to run at home without having done enough training.
I started 2020 strong and when I signed up for the race I wasn’t planning on PR’ing the race. I was planning on enjoying the scenery. But as my schedule at work changed, life happened, etc. my training became pretty abismal.
As a side note, I should not plan any January races because I routinely fall into this “too busy to train” scenario in November and December.
Anyway, the race did a really decent job of pivoting from in-person to virtual. They communicated effectively and they gave good options. You would think that it’s easy to pivot from in person to virtual because you dont need permits or on course supplies and volunteers, but in reality, there are still logistics to be ironed out, such as results, swag and deferrals.
Communication was appropriate and not burdensome. The options on when to race were great.
Onto the ‘race’ itself.
Considering this ‘race’ would have actually been the longest I had run since my Rehoboth Beach Marathon in 2019… I wasn’t going out gang-busters.
I was really proud that I was able to go out at a moderate pace and keep it the whole way! I was also lucky enough to meet up with some local runners and have some friendly chats along the way.
Yes… I may have had a slight problem round mile 7 and 8 where I caught my foot in a pot hole… and miles 20 into 23 were I think my most difficult from a physical stand point.
But I did it.