|On the bus before the race|
Race morning the temperature on the mountain was predicted to be in the 30’s. We bundled up and got on the bus with the herd of people trying for a PR and/or BQ. We got to the top with plenty of time before the race, we had about 30 minutes before the race started. We got some coffee and then stood in line for the bathroom. I told my boyfriend to get his stuff together while we waited in line because he hadn’t pinned his number, started his music, put his hat and put his watch on all the stuff you should do well before the start time. He kept saying we have plenty of time. When we got to the front of the bathroom line we had 8 minutes before the start and he still had to do all that stuff and we still had to drop off our morning cloths bags. He was still pinning on his number and putting hat and glasses on as the gun went off. We were 2.5 minutes behind the start group and needless to say I was a bit annoyed. Thankfully your time starts when you cross the line but we still had hundreds of slow people ahead of us. The first half of this race is the steepest so my pace was faster than normal. I find running downhill too slow hurts worse than running at a faster pace. The problem is that between mile 6-8 my quads started feeling the downhill running and I still had a long way to go. It worried me and I wondered if I would be able to sustain my pace. I knew the last 6 miles could be brutal since there was not really a downhill and I would be tired and very sore by that point. By the halfway point I was on target for a 3:30 marathon but I knew the last 5-6 miles would be slower so I was still thinking it would be a 3:40. The last 3 miles was brutal physically and mentally. A small portion was into a major headwind up a slight incline. I was barely going to make 3:40 and as I was approaching the finish line I had to practically sprint to make the 3:40 time. I qualified for Boston with 15 minutes to spare!
I haven’t done a lot of marathons in my life in fact I have done more Ironman races than marathon races. If I remember right this might be my 7th marathon that I have done and I have done 12 Ironman races. Today the day after the race I am more sore than after any Ironman races I have done. People think a downhill run would be great but the reality is that it really beats up your body. My quads, back, and shoulders are so sore from this race. I don’t recall ever being this sore after a race and I have done 50 mile runs, Ironman races, 8k swims and paddled the Molekai channel in Hawaii. This soreness tops any of those! I only hope it doesn’t last too long because we have a race to train for that is in June!
|My dog didn't care that I ran 26.2 miles she|
still wanted her walk!
My event in June is going to be EPIC. The Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa is the oldest and largest ultra marathon in the world. I am also raising money for a great organization that helps animals in need. The Nevada SPCA helps so many homeless animals and they are a non-profit. I volunteer there running and walking dogs. The shelter is currently undergoing a major and much needed remodel. The money I raise will be used to purchase treadmills, splash pads, agility equipment and training for the dogs. Splash pads in the new courtyard will be a great addition for the dogs to keep cool in the summer and have fun. The treadmills will be great for the summer, when it gets too hot in Las Vegas to walk all the dogs. Agility is a great way for some dogs to learn and work their brain and body getting much needed physical and mental stimulation. So far I have raised just over $2,000 and am hoping to raise $3,000.
You can support me by going to my Razzo Run For Fido Page.
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