It’s Boston Marathon Day! Did you watch? A few of our Java and Sole girls were able to stream the race live on their computers … I was living vicariously through them while at work :) I can’t wait to watch some of the coverage tonight after the kids are in bed! And stalk Hungry Runner Girl’s Instagram account for her “behind the scenes” account of her very first Boston Marathon!
If you had told me 10 years ago I would get super excited to watch other people run 26.2 miles I probably would have laughed at you … but the past several years I have only begun to understand the energy and excitement, the dedication and the training that must take place for these runners in the months leading up to one of the most sought after races for runners everywhere. For those who are fast enough, just to qualify is a privilege. To actually run that course among some of the best athletes in the world would be a downright dream come true!
Back here in the Midwest, we had our own races to finish this weekend! Carmel Marathon Weekend has become one of our favorite local races to run and this year was no different.
The weather at the start was perfect for a tshirt and my favorite running skirt! (Okay, I have three running skirts and they are all my favorite … and to think I once rolled my eyes at an expo booth full of running skirts. Oh how times have changed me!)
I was thankful to have stopped at The Runners Forum after work on Friday to load up on nutrition! I was having trouble remembering what flavors I had gotten for my last race; lucky for me, the associate was kind enough to look up my previous purchases and figure it out!
Tiffany, Summer, Amy, Cindy and Michelle rocked the 8K then headed back to the finish line to serve as a fantastic finish line cheering section!
In case you are wondering, Summer forgot her sunglasses Saturday morning … good thing my kids leave their shades lying around in the van. She hijacked them for the race, and made some friends along the way who thought her Gymboree fashion statement was fantastic :)
The course runs through some very pretty neighborhoods as well as along part of the town’s park trails. The spectators are great and the weather is generally good though it can vary significantly this time of year.
Annette, Geri, Julie and I successfully completed our first half using the 4:1 Galloway method (run:walk ratio). Annette and I officially finished in 2:23:08 (a 10:56/mile pace) that included a bathroom stop and a little extra walking over the last 4 miles to adjust for the heat once the sun was up. Given my low expectations for this race, I was thrilled to not be huffing and puffing at the end! We definitely pushed it during our 4 minute run intervals, but the 1 minute walk break kept our running pace in the low 10’s for much of the race!
The biggest challenge for us were the hills. Our training runs are generally very flat and this course is exceptionally hilly for central Indiana! Don’t get me wrong, I actually like to run hills (maybe because it’s a novelty!) but my glutes and quads are still really sore after two days of rest and a stretch out run this morning.
Our personal race photographers (aka the amazing aforementioned cheering section) got these great finish line shots for us!
Our 8K runners were treated to a great post-run stretch courtesy of the professionals at Athletico.
By the time the rest of us finished the half the wait to get on those tables was much longer! So I had to get creative with a little stretching (and multitasking) of my own :)
Post-Race Refuel … they offered everything from pizza to beet juice (not kidding!) but this is all I really wanted. Oh, and the donut holes I inhaled before this picture was taken!
Once we cooled off and our stomachs had settled, our delicious post-race brunch tradition was a must!
Omelets….Yuuuuuummmmmm! Eggs, tomato, avocado and cheese. What’s not to love??
We take refueling very seriously!
Did you run or workout this weekend? What is your favorite post-workout refuel treat? Chocolate milk and omelet … or a huge burger! Depends on my mood :)