I’m back. I know, I feel like I say that a lot or at least once a month. Over the past few months my running has taken over and when I get home the last thing I think you might want to hear about is my running. I’m finishing up my marathon training which means I have one more 20 mile run and then the tapering begins. Yippee!!!
This training has been very different from the other marathon training I have done in the past because of the treadmill running. When I say treadmill running I mean, almost all the runs I have had since January have been on the treadmill. I have completed even my 20 mile runs on the treadmill. All I can say is they are as hard as they sound. So that is the part where I am running and running and never actually getting anywhere!
Fortunately this past weekend I got to participate in a race the Savin Rock Half Marathon. An actual race that was outside! Running with people! It seemed like it was so long since the last time I ran a race and it was because it was on January 1st. My half marathon in February was canceled due to you guessed it, snow!
I was looking forward to this race because it was along the sea coast (I’m fairly certain that I am attracted to races that run along the sea). I was watching the weather forecast (you know you do it too!) and was just hoping for the best. Well I guess I should have known I was in for it when it started snowing on the way to race and just got worse as we drove the 2 hour drive (which actually took 3 hrs). I, of course, had to spend a little time watching the forecast again because I was thinking surely this won’t last. The weathermen were predicting snow to stop and it to clear up by race time. This allowed me to at least get a little sleep (actually I slept like a rock until about 4 am which I think is pretty good when you have a race at 8am!).
After a shower and a little oatmeal, I took a glance outside the hotel room and noticed it looked a little slick but the snow had stopped. I went downstairs for a little orange juice and met up with a fellow runner. We chatted it up a bit he was running the marathon and it was going to be his 31st marathon. Holy crap, I thought training for my 4th marathon was a big endeavor but I can’t even imagine running 31. He is part of the marathon maniacs who run a race in all 50 states. I think that sounds fun but I might have to do the half marathon part of the maniacs (haven’t signed up for any of that at this point though).
We got to the race with about an hour to spare before it started and grabbed the last parking spot! Yeah us! Spent some time warming up and hanging out inside the convention center waiting for the start. It was just cold out with a little spitting of rain but nothing really unexpected. I loved this race, they had plenty of space for all of us to keep warm and the start line was right outside the door so we didn’t have to stand outside and get to cold before it began.
Soon we were off, it was a little crowded at first because we started on a path but after the first mile it dumped us out on the road where it all opened up including the sky! Yes, I said it! It started to snow! Oops weathermen were off AGAIN! Anyway on we ran up some hills that seemed to never quit (mental note: maybe arrive in time to drive the route you are going to run before you get out there!) It was a gentle snow (if there is such a thing). It got crazy snowy the farther we ran and the longer we were out there. I mean the snowflakes were so big that when they hit you in the eye you had to wipe your eyes because it blocked your vision. This became a little difficult on the hills because you would go up them and your feet would slide backwards and then going downhill you had to go slow because your feet would slide out from under you and you would end up ice skating. It made it a little tricky but really I had a good time. Then the last three miles it was snowing so hard you could almost hear the snow hitting the ground which made for very soggy feet because it was thick. Honestly I think this was a fitting race to demonstrate how hard marathon training in New England has been this year.
As I neared the end of the race, I was having some doubts about whether I had even made progress during my marathon training especially since it had been almost exclusively on the treadmill. Luckily the doubts mostly went away when I crossed the finish line in 1:54:17. It was a really great time for this race course and the hills and it really did feel good. When I found out that I got 4th in my division, I felt even more confident. I am happy that I chose the training plan I did and I am hoping that it translates into a great marathon race. I have some big goals but really the idea of the marathon in April is to make it to the finish with a smile on my face and confidence that I can do this. The time I do it in will be secondary (don’t get me wrong I have a big goal’s for time). 1 month of training left!!!
So running and running, never actually getting anywhere but making progress.
Progress has been made. Feeling stronger, a little faster and more confident that OKC Memorial Marathon will be another one of those Runs to Remember.
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