Sunday, November 10, 2013. 7:30 AM, Newton, MA
It wasn't until later that I found out it's called 'Chilly' for the weather not 'Chili' for the delicious food. Hah. I've also learned that the course is described as 'challenging' .. that's code for hilly. Yikes. Oh well. For me the race has already served it's purpose. I'm not concerned with my time or my pace. The main thing is that I'm running again. And enjoying it.
Race Report. Well organized race. 1200 runners. Started and ended at Newton South HS. 40 and drizzling at start. Cleared and warmed after. Run through suburban streets. Lots of turns, small hills and street crossings (police blocked traffic). Little level ground. Killer uphills at miles 6 and 7. Long downhill around 9. This was a difficult run for me. Overweight and not properly trained. I worked hard to finish with a poor time. Ran the first 5 in 45. Endured the hills. Ran hard down Heartbreak (fun to run DOWN Heartbreak Hill for a change!). Lost my legs around 10. Staggered home. Happy to have completed my fifth half marathon.
Chris Kelley - Framingham.