I got all of my ducks in a row the night before. (I say ducks because we’re staying at the Peabody…I quack myself up!)
Woke up at 5:30 for coffee and banana bread. I’m superstitious about this pre-race breakfast.
Met up with my Run 4 Others friends at 7:30! It’s so fun to do a destination race and still have so many friends.
Temps were in the low 50’s with a cold 15mph wind!
The race started at 8am.
After running the Flying Monkey Marathon two weeks ago, I wanted to go out easy. I started with the 3:55 pace group. I stuck with them for around 6 miles and realized I wanted to pick up the pace. I really tried to run this race by feel. I stayed talkative and gave lots of high-fives!
Here are my splits:
9:10, 8:46, 8:46, 8:27, 8:20, 8:50, 8:44, 8:43, 8:45, 8:35, 8:40, 8:39, 8:33, 8:23, 8:25, 8:26, 8:15, 8:08, 8:12, 8:16, 8:04, 7:58, 7:51, 7:52, 7:37, 7:34
You get to run through the St. Jude campus at miles 5 and 24. I teared up both times feeling such gratitude for my health.
Finish Time: 3:41:42
I got really cold immediately after the race…probably from the strong wind. I took a hot shower and ate pretzels in bed.
I loved getting to wear some of my race swag afterwards:)
I always crave chips and dip after a race (must be a salt thing) so I inhaled this spinach dip…
over a glass of wine!
Gu 15 minutes before the race and then at miles 8, 15, and 21.
Cocogo in my handheld and sports drink at the water stops on the course.
Muscle Milk immediately after the race for recovery. It’s not my usual, but it got the job done.
**I walked every water stop…still haven’t mastered the pinch the cup running technique.
Can you drink and run at the water stops?
What’s your favorite recovery/protein food and drink?
Do you have a reward food after you race?