Miles run: 17.8 + 26.2 = 44
Monday – 5 “easy” miles. Slept in a little on my holiday morning, so I needed to get done. Ran a bit quicker than “easy”, but got it done!
Evening run? NOPE! I skipped our Ready for the Race training group due to the Labor Day holiday and we were at Cedar Point. A great day for riding the coasters! This is our favorite one – Steel Vengeance.
Wednesday – 4 miles Ready for the Race group, intervals 5 x 1000m. My training group thought 1000m seemed like a lot when you added them all up (=5k!), but they handled it like champs! I think they all surprised themselves at how well they did. Definitely something to be said about group motivation on tough workouts!
Thursday – 5 miles, dress rehearsal! 8:44 avg pace. It was chilly out! I decided that 5 miles would be a good distance today, with 3 miles at race pace. But who are we kidding – just warm up one mile and run all the rest at race pace! Ha! Actually, there is a Strava segment almost a mile from my house which I created and named “Almost Home”. When I noticed I had a fast pace going in that segment I totally pushed it and sprinted until the segment was complete. It was my 2nd fastest time on the segment in the last 5 years. WOOHOO!
In addition to crushing that segment, the temperatures were chilly so I tested out my race day outfit with success. Had to slap on some arm warmers too. First time this year.
I can only hope my race day will go as well as this dress rehearsal did because it was pretty awesome.
Friday – Rest Day! High school football game, and getting to see my son march. [proud mom moment!]
Saturday – Rest Day! Driving to Erie PA 🙂 . Enjoy these pictures of my adorable fosters.
Sunday…. Erie Marathon. RACE DAY! I’m writing this post prior to my race, as we drive to Erie. I figured I might not find the time/energy to update my blog properly with my race results (good, bad or ugly!) so look for a race recap in a few days. I like to get all of the gory details written down while they are fresh in my mind because really, don’t we all want to sign up for a race after we’ve forgotten the pain?? Haha
EDIT: I have posted my Erie Race recap. It’s a doozy! Go see it here–>Race Recap
I can assure you, I gave the race my best effort no matter what the day brought or what transpired. And that’s a success any day 🙂 Marathon training is a lot like the metamorphosis of the butterfly. You emerge a different person after all of the months of training.
*This comparison goes along with my last picture of the week… we released 4 butterflies which we raised. Safe travels my beautiful friend!!
Q: Have you ever raised butterflies from eggs?
We also tagged the butterflies we released. We got the tags from the science teacher, and the monarch eggs from our backyard!
Q: How far have you traveled from home to a race?
Boston is the farthest for me! 13 hrs of driving in the car was a long haul!! (and then we decided flying would be better haha!)