Because I have such a hard time getting out to exercise in the winter months, I signed up for the Hyannis Half Marathon for motivation. Matt reluctantly agreed to sign up with me, even though he (understandably) wasn’t thrilled about running a winter race.

Yesterday wasn’t exactly the miraculous 50-something degree and sunny race-day I had been overly optimistic about. It was cold and rainy. Still, there’s something about the excitement of a road race that I love.

Pre-Race

We stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house on the Cape the night before, allowing us to roll out of bed and head out just an hour before the race started. We didn’t stay dry for long…

Post-Race

It rained on and off the whole time and the huge puddles were hard to avoid. We were drenched when we finished, but happy to be done. We finished in 1:57:47 – faster than I thought we would! The mostly flat course definitely worked to our advantage.

We also had some extra motivation…

Post-Race

Our first homebrew! Matt and I bottled our first batch of home-brewed beer two weekends ago, so it was ready to try for the first time yesterday. While we certainly have a lot to learn, we were happy with how the first batch turned out. Nicely hoppy!

Food was next on the agenda. Matt had scoped out the Hyannis-area dining options and wanted to try Pizza Barbone after reading about their custom-made brick oven from Naples, Italy.

Barbone Meatball

I ordered the Barbone Meatball with San Marzano tomato, caramelized onion, fresh mozzarella, Kalamata olives, and fresh oregano. Considering how delicious the flavor combination sounded, I was a little disappointed in how it actually tasted. It needed a little salt and I was hoping for the sweet and salty flavors from the onions and olives to pop a little more. I also generally prefer a puffier crust.

Margherita

Matt ordered the Margherita with San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and Parmesan. He felt the same about the crust, and also thought it had too much cheese for a Neopolitan margherita pizza.

Critiques aside, we were starving and very much enjoyed devouring our pizzas! I’m pretty sure pizza is the perfect post-race food.

Pizza Barbone
390 Main St
Hyannis, MA 02601
Pizza Barbone on Urbanspoon

How do you get motivation to exercise in the winter?

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