On Sunday, June 14th, I ran the Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes. Today is Wednesday, June 17th and I feel ok. I am taking this week off before focusing on building a stronger base for a fall marathon. I like marathons. Even if they are extremely hilly and it’s terribly muggy.
I’ll share a race report later but here is how the week leading up to the race looked:
Monday: Easy 5 miles at night with James on a golf course.
Tuesday: 7 miles with 4 x 1 mile at goal marathon pace (8:13). I also practiced grabbing dixie cups from a table.
Wednesday: Off, hung out with Salty and her daughters at a local 5k and then we got ice cream. Yum.
Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill, last time watching the course video. Did it matter anyway? Nothing in person actually looked like the video. I swear they used some special effects to disguise the hills!
Friday: 4 miles easy along the Mississippi River in Leclair, IA. We didn’t know we had actually ran along the Mississippi until we were explaining this great place we found to run to our Iowa friends.
Saturday: Easy 2 miles on part of the course, one of the only flat parts.
Sunday: 26.5 miles (did a brief warm up). I ran 4:02:41. It wasn’t anywhere near my goal time but it was a very strong effort. I finished 10th out of 62 women runners and I won my age group. I stayed committed to the race even when it got challenging toward the end. The race started up hill and finished up hill and then in between those parts there always seemed to be another incline just popping up in front of your face! After a while it become quite comical. The course was so hilly that the 98% humidity at the start didn’t even seem to bother me. I was also pleased that I was able to get a decent night of sleep the night before and that I was able to fuel with no issues.