There is just something about running in the morning. An afternoon run just doesn’t compare to the serenity of the morning!
The mornings are where it’s at for me! 🙂
Before heading out for my run this morning, I quickly ate 3 Clif Shot Bloks from this package. I didn’t want to bonk like I have been recently.
I only ran 4 miles with 3.5 of those miles at my “marathon pace,” so it went by pretty fast. I was tired, but I really can’t complain too much. (There wasn’t snow on the ground!)
Distance: 4 miles (3.5 miles at marathon pace)
Time: 32 minutes
After returning from my run, I quickly toasted a bagel, spread some Laughing Cow cheese on it, and then was out the door again to meet up with my friends Jen and Katie.
My set of wheels this morning:
Once again I biked to Kaladi Brothers Coffee to meet up—and catch up—with my friends!
The bike ride was good, but I went from WEEEE yesterday to OWWW-weeee today!!
My butt was SO sore today! It was actually quite a painful ride, but I made it there and back with a total of 50 minutes of biking. (I hope this doesn’t jeopardize my taper! I plan not to do any more biking until after the marathon.)
While chatting with my friends, I enjoyed a bowl of overnight oats along with my coffee.
Just a little more than one more week until marathon #2!!
My first marathon was Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN.
I thought it would be interesting to do a little comparison of the two marathons.
Grandma’s Marathon 2010:
– 2100 women finishers
– 5500 total finishers
Mayor’s Marathon 2010:
– 380 women finishers
– 840 total finishers
– 26.2 miles on paved roads along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior
– First 4 miles along a very busy and noisy 6-lane highway.
– 7 miles of gavel/rocky trail.
– Chances of seeing a moose or bear: likely! (Oh, but don’t worry, Mom, there will be a volunteer riding his 4-wheeler up and down the trails, holding a gun!)
– We will have some beautiful views of the mountains though and I guess running in the foothills of the mountains is pretty cool. (That is just as long as I don’t get mulled by a bear. Actually, I am more worried that I will have to stop for a moose and miss qualifying for Boston by 30 seconds!)
– There will definitely be less spectators.
If you can’t tell, I’m not super thrilled about the course.
If I wanted to do a trail race, I would have signed up for a trail race. I want to do a road race, so I shouldn’t have to run 7 miles on a trail with miniture-sized boulders. (I went to check the course out one weekend, and it is definitely not going to be a very fun part of the course.)
And I want lots of spectators cheering for me!
Sorry, I’m just a little bitter about it.
What was your favorite race (marathon or not)?