This guy,MFL/Dad…was SO excited to get up at 4:30 to watch me race he had to make sure he had his bucket hat on before the sun even came up. God love him. Thank you to MFL, Hans, Midge, Steppy & B-Mac….also known as my family for coming out to watch/support today!
Warning- I apologize in advance for lots of pictures this week.
What a weekend. I took the day off work on Friday and enjoyed a nice “Mental Health Day” code for: I had a long personal to-do list that I wanted to knock out before heading to Philly for work this week. I went for a pretty speedy run on Friday in order to beat the rain. My legs were feeling great and my body, overall, felt ready to race. I did cut back on my mileage last week and did a “mini taper” in order to have fresh legs! Here is a run down of last week’s workouts.
- Monday- Easy 8
- Tuesday- Easy 3 & upper body workout
- Thursday- Upper body workout #2
- Friday- Easy 5
- Saturday- REST
- Sunday-Emerald City Half Marathon 13.1
Melissa, my new running sister, traveled from Indy with her friends Car & Marci to race Emerald as well. We enjoyed a nice carbed up dinner last night and finally met in person after a month or so of talking about running every day via text, e-mail, & snap chat:) She is fabulous, and so are Car & Marci!. We had a great time and not to mention…she PR’ed like a straight boss lady today by 10 minutes!!
So glad I got to watch you finish M!
Me, Melissa, & Car
(Car met Melissa around mile 8 and pushed her along to her PR)..so awesome. Melissa, you’re going to do amazing at Indy’s Monumental Marathon!
Here are a few other action shots Midge captured during the race. They “practiced” their watching skills to get ready for Chicago and a mighty fine job they did.
As for me, I was content with my performance. Did I run as well as I would have liked? No. Was it hot as hell/muggy as all get out? Yes. Did my legs feel heavy for some odd reason? Yes. Did I still PR? Yes!! I beat my previous 1/2 time by 25 ish seconds. I had to remind myself that in the running world, PR’s are not easy and they can come down to seconds or even 100’s of a second, and race day weather has a lot to do with performance. So, overall, I was pleased but still know there is lots of room for improvement. Here is the race breakdown..I did back it down a notch around miles 8 & 9 because at one point my breathing pattern got a little out of whack so I wanted to ensure I gave myself time to get my rhythm back.
Last but not least, I think my entire weekend was made when I found a fancy new piece to add to my wardrobe. Meet my new Ruffle Dress! I feel like a gigantic present and don’t hate it one bit. I’m off to the Cayman Islands two days after the marathon & you better believe I will be prancing around the island in this bad boy. Honest to god, it’s the softest thing ever…and I’m in love..Just ask Midge, a.k.a my momma! ( oh, and thank you Midge!)
Ah yes,don’t mind my compression socks:) I love me a good RUFFLE!
I don’t know about you, but i’m ready for bed and it’s only 5:30. Time to finish up my packing..it’s back to Hansons bright & early tomorrow morning.
Thank you all for the ” good lucks” by the way. I adore the awesome tumblr running community.
Have a great week!