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.


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…


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…


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.


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
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How do you get motivation to exercise in the winter?

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  • Bianca Garcia

    Congrats on the half! And yes, pizza is perfect post race food πŸ™‚

  • Meghan M.

    Congrats on the race! I always mean to sign up for it. . .

    • Colleen

      Despite the weather, I highly recommend it! The best part (which I should have mentioned) is that you can wait inside the convention center until right before the start to avoid waiting around in the cold.

  • Shannon G

    motivation has been seriously waning this winter… trying to get back in the wagon! a race is definitely a great way– congrats you two πŸ™‚ let me know if you have any questions on homebrewing, as I may have mentioned my boyfriend is very into it, and always happy to talk about it!

    • Colleen

      Thanks! When we get around to planning our next brew, we definitely might have some questions.

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    If I didn’t have a race to train for, there is no way I’d be so motivated to run outside in the winter…it’s just SO.COLD. You guys rocked!!

  • Maria Winebrenner TadiΔ‡

    My motivation for winter exercise is a long hot shower afterwards! I ran my last half marathon in pouring freezing rain! Yuck! I was so happy it was over and I stayed in the shower for no shorter than 30 minutes!

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