On Sunday, August 19th it was a quick trip south to Portsmouth, RI for the 9th Annual Common Fence Point 5 Miler. This is sort of an annual must-do race as they course is a scenic stretch through the Common Fence Point section of Portsmouth which is an idyllic, tucked-away beach community hugged by scenic water views for a good portion of the run. The race organizers do an amazing job putting together the race which aside from the good, challenging course is also complete with plenty of raffle prizes, give-aways, food and beer. This race also had the Izze Sparkling Juice truck present handing out entire cans of Izze products to thirsty runners.
The run this year was fortunately on a beautiful summer morning, temperatures were warm but nowhere near as brutally hot as last year. The Thirsty Irish Runners had a huge contingent there as it was one of the Grand Prix races for the year which always makes the run more enjoyable thanks to their presence.
During last year’s race, my wife was just getting out of the hospital and my daughter was in still in the NICU. Needless to say, my mind wasn’t really focused on running. Fortunately, I have started to get my :form back and things at home couldn’t be better. Last year I ran the race with a time of 44:52 good for 8:59/miles. I guess all things considered, getting to the finish line was good enough.
This year, I was able to shave significant time off my run and finish the Common Fence Point 5 Miler with a time of 39:39, taking more than a 1:00/mile off my time for a finish of 7:56/mile.