1. I had a birthday that put me in the LOW end of my age group category. What better way to compete?!
2. Last years Boston Marathon book arrived with recaps of the “over heated” race and results and stories and…Oh How Could I Resist?! Third times a charm, right?
3. My husband decided he wanted to run a half marathon…then a FULL marathon. It’s been my dream to run these longer races with him.
With all that, this is what I signed on for:
January: 12 and 13th The Goofy Challenge: Ran the Half with Ted but we both got either food poisoning or some weird flu-type bug. Ended up not being able to run the marathon.
Februrary: Month of training
March: 2nd: The Heart Run 30K (training run for Boston): Just a training run. Ran a good 8:24 pace to the 8 mile point where I met up with Ted. We ran together for a good, easy finish. Good day for a run but cold and windy.
March 24th: Syracuse HALF Marathon Ran a PR of 1:46:24, 8:08 ave. pace. Great course. Cool weather, 32 deg. 5 mph wind. The course rolled but offered the biggest hill within the first couple of miles. Felt great. I just knew it was going to go well when we left the house.
April: 6th Fort2Fort 10K- Good 10K training run for Boston. A PR of 46:57.
April 15th: Boston Marathon - Tragedy and it’s awful to remember a race in such a way. My finish time was 3:46:16. A best for Boston but not a PR. Note to self re- future pacing: See the following Boston mile by mile and next time, BE PATIENT!
8:20, 7:56, 7:58, 7:43, 8:01, 8:04, 8:07, 8:16, 8:15, 8:23, 8:26, 8:17, 8:34, 8:51, 8:41, 8:21, 8:55,
9:16, 8:39, 9:16, 10:06, 8:26, 8:33, 9:05, 9:02, 9:27…7:54.
April 28th: Myrtle Beach DIVA Half Marathon (Runnin’ with my Sista’s ADE!): Another PR! 1:44:15, average 7:58 per mile. I felt good and I think I’m learning how to push it a little. Thanks to those sisters
May: 5th Flying Pig - Cincinnati OH *I wanted to run this as my first marathon back in 2010 but it was too hilly. So THIS is my year! What I thought was going to be an exceptionally slow race turned out to be fun and fast. 3:45:34, 3rd in my Division. 147 out of 1790 Females. 7 26 out of 4920 total marathoners.
Splits: 8:50, 8:18, 8:26, 8:04, 8:24, 8:06, 8:57, 8:42 8:15, 8:20, 8:11, 8:27, 8:34, 8:30, 8:39, 8:38, 8:26, 8:54, 8:24, 8:31, 8:50, 8:22, 8:50, 8:48, 9:02, 8:34, and 7:56.
June: Nothing in June but time off.
July 14th: Utica Boilermaker 15K
August: Turning Stone Half Marathon
September: 22nd – Rochester Marathon
October: 13th Chicago Marathon (Running with the hubby = TED’S FIRST MARATHON!)
October: 20th Syracuse Empire Marathon
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