Hi Spark Friends!!!!
I DID IT!!!!! I beat my PR from my first marathon last year!!!! YAY!!!!!
I ended up staying the night before in a close hotel, so I didn't have to drive an hour from my family's cabin before the race. There were a bunch of my running group friends running in the full marathon, half marathon, and 10K, so we all met up the night before at a YUMMY Italian restaurant. My usual running buddy was unsure about her status, due to an injury recently, but she didn't have any issues with her previous injury!!!
I started out strong, but started fading fast around mile 15.... I even had some GI issues, that forced me to use the porta-potties (twice... I have never even used one once during a race before) and walk/run the last 3-4 miles. But, I am SO glad that it is over!!!!!
The course is flat and out and back on a beautiful peninsula with views of the East Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay for most of the race. We lucked out with great weather.... it was low 60's and sunny, though most of the course is (thankfully) shaded.
Here are my splits:
Mile 1- 9:16 min/mile
Whew, that was tiring to write out!!!! My first half split time was 1:57:19, and my second half was 2:15:16...... I was SO excited to think that I could reach my sub-4 hour goal at the half way point, but it wasn't to be, I guess.
I am not sure about doing more marathons, at this point!!!! I have 2 black toe nails, and one toe nail that might have a blister under the nail... I am not sure, but there is a white area below my second toe nail with some swelling, but the nail is not bloody/purple, but it hurts!!!!
I am getting back to trying to lose weight now that I am done with marathon training!!!! I am doing the SASS yourself Slim program, starting with the 5 day Fast Forward plan today. I have exactly 2 months until my next race (unless I sign up for more in between) which is a Warrior Dash, and I want to be closer to my goal weight by then!!!!
I have tried multiple times to upload a couple of pictures from my race, but they aren't uploading.... bah!!!!
I also should write up a race report about my 25 K race that was on the 12th, that went MUCH better, I might stick with that distance as my "longest" run in the future... and do more half marathons.... I don't even know what my PR for a half marathon is, but I am sure that I can beat it!!!!!!
Have a good day... and Happy Memorial Day!!!!