….or how about just a 24km race report as these kms good. The last 6km…not so much.
I love this race.. it is an interesting distance, great tune up for a spring marathon and a challenging course. This year was great because the weather was great until the very end and there was a ton of crowd support – if you saw a huge pile of people on Beach Blvd, that was my in-law family and I love them for being out there for us.
We had a huge group of runners out for the race today:
Don’t you love how running pics are always ‘ruined’ because of the reflective material we wear?
We were also very lucky to have access to private parking, a place to store our stuff and at least 6 support crew out on the course to cheer us on, provide us with extra Gatorade/gel/water/fruit if we needed it. To say I am lucky to have found this group of people is putting it mildly.
KM 1-6: felt really good – there was a group of about 6 of us who were all out for this as a training run. (this wasn’t my goal race) I decided I needed to make a pit stop so I let them go and … pitted. Small complaint – I appreciate spectators being out..but if you can let the runners use the porta-potties first..it would be appreciated. Being in line behind 3 was stressful.
KM 6-18: still felt good. I sped up from 6-8 to catch back up to my friends which hurt the legs a bit but I knew I wanted to stay with them. At the 14km , my in-law family was waiting for us so we high 5 all of them and it was a great boost. Hit the 15km mark slower than I thought but at this point I didn’t care and just wanted to come in strong.
KM 18-23: the blister on my right foot I thought that might have started came out in full force. Kept on going but was starting to hurt a bit.
KM 23-26: more walking happening…gels were not going down well at all and for the first time, I had stitches…What the? Where are they coming from?
KM 26-30km: just get this done. My WONDERFUL running friend stayed with me the entire time and pulled me through. One of our other running buddies actually paused so we caught up with her and we finished together.
So, my longest Race to date….It wasn’t ideal but it was realistically faster than our training run, I wasn’t injured and I didn’t quit.
The hubs did a 3 person relay and they rocked it finishing 7th our of 90 teams with all 3 of them PB’ing for 10km.
I did take a pic of the blister on my foot but it was too gross to post…I don’t want to look at it.
So all in all, a good training run and experience for me. Before Cincinnati, I will be experimenting more with gels as the GU just didn’t seem to work as well as the blister situation.
And yes…I am still doing the full Marathon.
20km: 2:30:19 – note how much I slowed down from 20-30km…that’s how bad it was.
Yes...I know this is slow...but one year ago almost to the day, I had trouble making it to the 15km mark as part of a relay in 2:04 so this is a big Victory for me.