We had such a great weekend in California. This was our last trip out there for awhile as we are moving to Michigan in a few weeks. We enjoyed every minute of our stay!
My brother, Lukas, ran his first marathon with my sister, Marisa as his pacer.
They did so awesome and I am SO proud of both of them. I have a feeling Lukas is already plotting out his next race. They finished in 4:23, exceeding their expectations. I was so sad to miss them crossing the finish line. The awards ceremony got started late and was a bit lengthy. So, that was a bummer.
Since we were there, I ran the Half Marathon. I went in to the race feeling very relaxed. I wasn’t treating it as a ‘race’ and getting all flustered, which I think really helped me perform well. I even had wine 2 nights before the race, which I *never* do! John told me “You don’t have to go out and prove yourself”. His plan for me was to run MP and pick it up gradually. I just wanted to stay relaxed, get in a good workout, and build my confidence for Grandma’s marathon.
I started out slow, and progressed throughout the race. My splits don’t really show that as much as I wanted them to, but with the hilly course, I was just trying to go by effort. I started out at just above marathon pace, tried to speed up gradually throughout miles 4-10 and then went as fast as I could the last 5k. It worked, I felt AMAZING the entire time. I felt controlled and relaxed, I even had a pretty lengthy convo with a guy at around mile 7. I finished second in 1:15:32, a new half marathon PR. The course was AWESOME! I really enjoyed the hills, maybe I am just biased because I love racing in San Diego, ha!
I am so happy and encouraged that I ran well after coming off of a 120 mile week and running 90 miles for the week. My breakfast plan worked like a charm, no stomach problems during or after the race. I always bring a gel with me for just in case, but I didn’t need it at all. I felt very fueled and energetic.
Now it is time to recover, recover, recover and taper!
For the marathon, I will bring a gel with me as a security blanket, but I will be getting all of my calories from Hammer Heed- 50 calories worth every 3 miles or so. Mile 16= Ginger bomb- flattened ginger ale w/ salt cap dissolved.
I am beyond excited to run Grandma’s Marathon. The weather is looking great 10 days out, and I am very confident in my fitness right now. I feel good, have been sleeping well, and recovering nicely! My Mom and Dad may be able to come to Duluth for the race, so that would be awesome! 10 days!!!!!!