- My son and I ran in our second race together
- I paced my friend Molly to a big 5K PR
- I entered the world of plantar fascitis
- I registered for a half Ironman
Yes, just your typical 25 days, right? In a word, not so much!
Race recaps first...
On October 25, my son Joey and I ran in his second-ever race, the OSU 4-miler. This has been a race that I've been dying to do ever since its inaugural year in 2013. That year, I ended up signing up for a half marathon the day before it, so I sold my bib to a friend's husband. Last year, the race was a month before my marathon, and I didn't see the point in paying $50 to run an easy four miles in the midst of high mileage weeks. This year, I volunteered at a couple of M3S events to earn free race entries for Joey and myself.
It was so very worth it! This race has become the largest 4-miler in the country, with 15,000 entrants! Joey and I had a great time running together. I'm amazed at how he can rock out four miles with literally zero training.
|Kicking some booty at around mile 3...|
|Approaching the stadium during the final mile!|
|Oh the sweet yumminess...|
I wanted 8 miles for my long run this weekend, so I headed down to the race early and did five solo miles before meeting up with Molly. She was with her friend Sharon, and they were both hoping to go under 28 minutes. Molly's PR was a 28:24. I knew from a few runs that we'd done together, as well as training side-by-side at Power Train Fitness in Westerville, that she was definitely capable of a much faster race. I promised we'd start out at an easier pace in the low- to mid-9's and progressively get faster. The problem was that I had just finished five progressive miles myself, and my fifth mile was an 8:14. I have trouble slowing down once I've sped up... which is why our first mile was an 8:43. Molly was still in a conversational mode after the second mile (8:35), so I continued to press the pace. Our final mile was a 8:09. Molly confessed to me as we headed toward the finish that she felt like she was going to throw up. I knew I had done my job as a pacer! Final time: 25:57, a crazy-awesome PR for her! As for me, I relished in the knowledge that a) I had helped Molly achieve a time she didn't feel she had in her, and b) I felt amazing relaxed doing it. My legs are finally coming back!
|Sharon, Molly and I after the race!|
Time for the most exciting news... after many rumors in the spring and summer, Ironman announced in early October that they would be using the nearby suburb of Delaware, Ohio for a half-Ironman competition on August 21, 2016. A half-Ironman consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, for a total of 70.3 miles of racing. Having only raced one (VERY short) triathlon, I wasn't sure if I was up for the daunting task of racing such a large distance.
|My gorgeous new-to-me ride!|
The last few weeks have been good, running-wise. I've worked up to 16-20 miles per week. I have my first double-digit run since June coming up on Sunday. I feel like I'm ready for it, after running 8 miles on two different occasions. In a few weeks I will add in a 4th day of running each week, and in just five weeks, on December 7, marathon training officially begins!