BHS graduates enjoy San Jose race
For Julie Hill and Molly Bostwick, running a 13.1-mile race was easy.
At least that’s what the pair of recent Baldwin High School graduates said about their half marathon in San Jose, Calif. They ran the long distance race more than two weeks ago and each of them enjoyed the experience.
“It went really well,” Hill said. “I did better than I was planning on doing, which made it even better. The scenery was nice and a lot better than Baldwin. It never really hurt. It just felt fun the whole time.”
Bostwick, who wasn’t sure she’d be able to finish the grueling race, was surprised at how easy it was for her.
“It was easier than I thought it would be,” Bostwick said. “I was worried about finishing, but I finished easily. So, that was good. I didn’t really have a time I wanted to run. I mainly just wanted to finish.”
Hill was the first of the two former Bulldogs to cross the finish line. After four years of cross country and track at BHS, she completed her longest race ever in a time of 1:53.19. That earned her fifth place in her division, which was females up to the age of 19.
“I was really happy,” Hill said. “I was hoping to break two hours and I did by seven minutes. I was really glad I broke the time I set for myself. I was aiming for 9-minute pace, which would be about one hour and 57 minutes. I ended up running an 8:40 pace, which is about one hour and 53 minutes. I did better than I thought I would, so I was happy with the race.
“I kept on thinking I would hit a wall during the race, but I never did,” she said. “I felt good for the whole thing.”
Her friend, who runs on her own during the school year, except when she ran cross country last fall, also did better than she expected. Bostwick finished just a bit behind Hill as she came across the finish line in a time of 2:15.14, which earned her ninth place in their age division.
Bostwick also found the race easier than expected. She even took some time to admire the scenery during the race.
“It wasn’t too hilly,” she said. “It was really pretty, so there were a couple of times where I slowed down a little bit to look around. I didn’t know if I’d ever be back there so I wanted to take it all in. Since I had never seen the course before, it made it easier because I didn’t know what was coming next.”
Although both women found the run to be easier than expected, their legs were feeling the pain after the race.
“We were pretty sore at lunch that day,” Bostwick said. “Then it really hit me the next day, because every time I moved my legs, it hurt.”
After the pain subsided, both girls admitted they enjoyed the experience of running the half marathon.
“I had a really good time,” Bostwick said. “I would definitely do a half marathon again. It was so nice to have someone to train with me.”
Neither Bostwick or Hill was quite sure why they decided to run a half marathon this summer, but they agreed that it was Hill’s idea. Bostwick thought it would be fun to do before she leaves for college, while Hill thought now would be a good time while she was in shape after her senior track season.
“I’ve always wanted to do a marathon or half marathon,” Hill said. “There was no reason in particular why I’ve wanted to do one. Since I was already in shape from track, I thought I might as well do it now. I knew it would be good motivation for me to keep running in the summer.”
Now that they’ve completed a race that was miles further than either of them have run before, there are thoughts of running another 13.1-mile race.
“I could maybe see myself doing a marathon years from now,” Bostwick said. “I’ll definitely do more half marathons, but I don’t see myself doing anything longer in the near future.”
Maybe even a marathon for Hill.
“Someday a marathon,” Hill said. “I would like to run the marathon race, but I don’t want to have to train for it. Maybe someday, hopefully. I am definitely going to do more half marathons. I’d like to do more road races in general. I really like all of the people. It was kind of like a relaxing run.”