here is my race recap: I didn’t run it!!!
yes. it’s true! I bailed on my race! I can’t believe it either!
I hate skipping races! THANK YOU to everyone who voted! I really wanted to run it, but there was a thought in the back of my mind:
Long run course power.
Doing your training runs along your marathon course gets you so ready. I live ten minutes from the start of the Baystate course, and have only done one long run along the route. My excuse is that I have run this marathon three other times and I drive half the course every day of my life so that makes me a pro. But, every runner knows that a course changes from the first time you run it to the second, third, etc…you become a beast at it. And that’s what I want to do: BEAST my upcoming marathon course.
I woke up at 4:30 on Saturday and I had decided to RUN THE RACE. But, Five minutes into getting ready (I already had my outfit/race bag/snacks/camelbak/playlist ready to go. I still surprise myself at times by changing my mind at the last minute)) I went back to bed and woke up at ten. 10:00am!!!!!!
The extra sleep was awesome! I dilly dallied around the house until 12:30 (my husband had to work until 8) and finally got ready to go!
I ended up doing 22 miles. Just about 15 of those were along the course. It was perfect weather. I didn’t feel great during it-I think I was still all kinds of exhausted from a draining work week. I was all kinds of sore/chafed/mentally exhausted afterwards. I really just wanted to sleep after!
I always perform better the second time around, so I am going to run the same route next week and do it better. I’m definitely going to start by 8 am next week too, my 12:30 start was much too late and my body knew that. (Plus: a race tip for you..my marathon starts at 8am…it’s good to stick to a schedule that coincides with your race start time!!)
Runs for the week:
Tuesday: 9 early morning miles with my running partner, 1:14:44, avg 8:18
Wednesday: 8 miles, done before the sun came up! I warmed up for 2 @8:34 pace, tempo’d for 5 at 7:19, 7:09, 6;59, 6:49, 6:49 cool down mile for 7:49.
Thursday: nice easy sunset run of 7.20 miles in 56:22.
Saturday: 22 along the Baystate Marathon course.
Sunday: nice& slow 7.22 mile recovery run in an hour, 8:20 avg pace. I hit three 7minute miles: that always makes me smile on the day after a long run when my legs are toast!
And now there are only FOUR MORE WEEKS until my next marathon! Wowza, that came quick!
We had family day on Sunday… this is something we are soo good at in fall/winter but slack BIG TIME in the summertime! It was awesome to restart it back up again!
My niece insisted on doing my nails…(I adore my niece SO MUCH, I would have let her paint them black!)
I know this is a selfie but whatever…I had to show you all that I actually did not wear pants all weekend. I put this outfit on for about an hour on Saturday and then decided that “real
Clothes” were actually TOO much to handle, so back into yoga pants I went…Real people clothes can be tooooo much after 22 miles. YES…I am wearing leggings as pants..#sorryimnotsorry.
Happy Monday! (sorry, that is the BIGGEST oxymoron EVERRRRR.)
Ever bail on a race?
How was your weekend?!?