First, some fun pictures from the last few weeks.
|We finally met Bruno and Penny's cousin, Moose!|
|Bruno enjoyed some couch cuddling after a long day at school/hard run|
|Can you find the weenie?|
Mile 2 I caught up to a group of three girls and my mile split was 6:51. I was feeling pretty comfortable and tried to just relax and enjoy the scenery of Lake Erie. It was a beautiful fall morning. 6:e58 for the next mile and I reminded myself not to get comfortable and slip off pace. 6:44, 6:52 and by that time I passed two girls who I could tell would probably not catch up, and the other girl that was with us left me in the dust, suddenly taking off at mile 5. The next few miles we had the wind to deal with, but I felt like I could keep up my pace for the whole race, unlike the last time when I ran this course and totally bombed the last few miles.
Mile 6 was 6:51. Next, 6:50, 6:54, and 6:49. When I got to mile 9 I mentally told myself to start picking it up and 'catch' those marathon runners who started a half hour earlier (they had to do two laps) and just enjoy the feeling of racing again. My legs were very tired and I was breathing so hard I kinda startleted those marathon runners, but I felt great at the same time. A lot of very nice marathon runners gave me words of encouragement, especially since I was a girl. The last four miles were 6:45, 6:42, 6:36, 6:33, and the last .1 at 5:46 pace. I was thrilled and totally surprised to cross the line and see that I got a 3 second PR at 1:29:03, and that I got third overall!
Nothing beats the feeling of a new PR, especially when you have a marathon coming up that you hope to PR in....after I finished I found my husband of the year, did a two mile cooldown, grabbed some chocolate milk and headed to the lake to take some pictures.
|by the lake!|
|number one fan|
Today was a much needed day off from running, mostly because my calves are on fire from racing.
Finally, I am starting to feel like sub 3:10 is possible at Marine Corps! 40 days!