I was really nervous for this race! The Flying Monkey Marathon takes place on the road through Percy Warner Park. It’s really hilly and the race forecast called for 100% chance of storms. Here’s how it played out…
I didn’t taper for the race. My coach (Mark Hadley at Maximum Performance Running) used it as a training run for an upcoming ultra.
I ran 8 easy paced miles.
Packet pickup (love the Hatch Show Print race poster!)
Sunday Race Day:
5am wakeup, banana bread and coffee,
I hid in the car to stay dry until the start.
Off and on rain for the entire race and an 8am start time.
I never really looked at my pace. This was a training run for me and I just tried my best to stay conversational and run by effort. That was easier said than done on these hills…
7200 feet of elevation change with lots of fun signs along the way
The water stops were run by local running stores and clubs. It was wonderful to see friends at each stop! THANK YOU to every volunteer that braved the bad weather!!!!
Here are some of Jobie Williams’ pictures from the Fleet Feet water stop.
I was also blessed to have some company during the race. My husband joined me from miles 11-14 and my friends Corrie and Christi Beth helped me get my butt up the big mile 18 hill.
The hubs snapped these pics during his run with me 🙂
Because I had been running conservatively, I felt really strong. Around mile 20, I decided to step it up a little and had a strong kick to the finish. I was soaked, but didn’t care. I was so happy to finish!
Results: 2nd Overall Female (3:54)
You can tell I was shocked when I went up to receive my award 🙂 I surprised myself!
Gu 15 minutes before the start, mile 7, 14, 21
Cocogo in my handheld and Gatorade on course. Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) for 10% off at Cocogo.com!
Chocolate protein shake immediately after finishing.
And, some Monkey Cake!!! The post-race was AMAZING! Obviously, I was too excited about the cake and forgot to take a picture.
The whole race was really well organized with plenty of water stops and support. Percy Warner Park is a gorgeous place to run. Thanks to Monkey Trent for all of his hard work!!! The whole day went smoothly.
When Jason asked me what I wanted to eat after the race, the answer was easy. I had been dreaming of chips and queso the whole time!
My prize monkey had a front row seat for the car ride. BEST RACE AWARD EVER!
And at dinner we celebrated….cheers!!
Did you race or long run this weekend? Share!
Do you use races as training runs? If so, do you start back with your training immediately after the race? I’m supposed to get back at it tomorrow…fingers crossed.
What’s your favorite post-race food? I always want Mexican food…it must be a salt thing.
My monkey needs a name!!!! Do you have any ideas?