I’ll do a real race recap later on my Glass City Marathon, but I will give you a spoiler alert… the weather was not conducive to me running a good race!! The week started out with snow and ended with 82 degrees on Sunday. Ugh. With my full marathon included, I ran 45 miles this week. Here’s what went down… and how it ended!
Mon – 5 miles. Nothing speedy, just ran easy on the treadmill. But hey guess what? It SNOWED today!! Crazy! There was a light coat of snow and by evening it was gone.
Tues – 3 miles. It was 419 day, which is our local area code. Sure, I could have run 4.19 miles, but I kept it at 3 miles and joined some runners for dinner instead! It was a chilly, windy run, and fun to catch up with people who had been in my training group.
Weds – 5.4 miles… birthday run! I usually run outside, but it was just as nice to watch Inventing Anna on my treadmill run. There was an early meeting at my work with all employees, and they sang happy birthday to me. How fun! My boss also took me out for lunch, and I made an early coffee run before the meeting. My family made my day special too!
We got the “warm temperature warning” email from the marathon race director today. I’ve run in warm temps for marathons, but of course it’s the challenge of acclimating which causes the biggest concerns. Race day should be interesting!
The rest of the week was a blur because we got some foster kittens on Thursday! We were being Mother Teresa at our house because we took on the task of raising four ONE WEEK OLD KITTENS! OMG. Did you know that when they say “needs to feed every 2-3 hours”, that actually means you wake up the kittens and bottle feed them!! I did not. I know, a bit stupid on my part. Anyhow, as you can imagine, we aren’t getting very solid sleep around here. The 2am, and 5am feedings are rough, but they are starting to open their eyes which is very rewarding to see. Baby milestones!
On “night before race” we spaced out the feedings so I had to feed them at midnight, and again at 4am when we woke up for the race. Sleeping for 2-4 hours at a time is a rough gig, and I don’t miss is from raising my own kids!
Friday – I worked at the race expo and greeted people. Then I assigned bibs to people when the pickup line got overwhelming! I do really love working packet pickup and interacting with all of the runners.
Saturday – We volunteered at the kids race. It was a toasty day in the stadium by the time the kids ran. It was so rewarding seeing those little kids cross the finish and get a medal!
Sunday – Race day! The temperature was 64 degrees at the start and 78 when I finished, in full sun. I’ll leave you interested for my race recap by telling you I scored a new Personal Worst (road marathon). Woohoo!! And no, I’m not sad one bit about it! Hopefully I’ll get it written up soon, between those kitten feedings 🙂 [UPDATE: Race recap is here: Recap
Q: Did you get to enjoy some “early summer” temps where you live? Or did you have to race through them??