|at the packet pick-up|
Well, things didn't turn out how I wanted at the Harrisburg Marathon. I guess some days are better than others. After a rocky start to marathon training because of plantar fasciitis, I started to feel more confident when my runs started to "click". Since I was originally training for NYC and picked up the Harrisburg marathon after NYC canceled I had an extra week of tapering. I am not sure that my body does well with tapering so two weeks was rough. My fastest marathon was used as a training run the week after a 20 miler and tough week of training. My slowest was this past weekend after 2 weeks of taper.
As for the course and the race itself, everything was perfect. The course was a nice course, lots of friendly volunteers and many people out cheering. I knew by mile 6.5 that it wasn't going to be my day. By mile 8 my quads were already tightening. Not sure what went wrong? What got me through was that I ran every mile for someone/something. Finishing this race was an accomplishment for me. I am may not be happy with how it went but I am proud of myself for sticking it out.
|getting ready to high five my Ally|
Here is my list:
- Staten Island
- Manhattan- Miles 1-5 were for the marathon that never happened last weekend.....
- My Grandma Phillips- she was at many of high school races and always supported me. I miss her much
- My Papa- he passed away when I was in Middle School but I am sure he would of supported me!
- Grandma Lady- My dad's mom- so many memories and wish I had been able to have her in my life longer.
- Dana- Dana was a high school friend and runner. Dana Passed away from cancer a few years back. He was inspiration to many. He had a lot of challenges thrown his way but always stayed positive.
- Kelli- My running buddy! She is the girl who gets my crazy obsession with running! I am luck to have her as a friend!
- Grandma Mac and Grandma Bal- my husband's grandmothers who were are so lucky to have around still.
- Sam- My father in-law. I am very lucky to have such amazing in-laws!
- Nancy- My mother in-law. A cancer survivor and an amazing person!
- Kathryn- My sister who lives in Virginia with my niece and nephew and her hubby. Wish they lived closer
- Danny- My brother who lives in Chicago and I miss a bunch! We are running Chicago Marathon next year....his first, and I can't wait!
- Tom- My other brother. He lives close by with my nephew. He is going through a lot right now and remains positive and shows such great character!
- My Dad- I love my dad and wouldn't be who I am without him!
- My Mom- My biggest fan!She has been to everyone of my marathons and so many of my races. He support continues to amaze me!
- Ryan- My oldest nephew....love him! I am lucky enough to watch him in the summer and spend lots of time with him.
- Teegan- My 3 year old niece. She is a bundle of energy. Such a a sweet child that brings many smiles to my face.
- Dexter- My 1 year old nephew. There is something special about this kid! He makes me smile!
- Bryson- my step-son. He is a hockey player who plays with lots of heart! I used some of that to get through that my mile
- Garrison- My oldest. The song Greatest Love All started playing right at the beginning of this mile. Truth - there is no greater love than what I feel for my little ones....thinking about Garrison surely got me through...
- Ally- My daughter- She is such an amazing child! She made me the best sign ever! I loved giving her high fives when I ran by her
- Carson- My baby- who is 4. He is my challenging child! Always keeps me on my toes! I love him to pieces
- Mike- My husband. Without him running a marathon would not have been possible! So Thanks HONEY!
|.2 was for me|
I am leaning towards Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon or Charlottesville Marathon..... Any advice/pros/cons on either????