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IL Marathon Training: Week 7 Complete

What a great and exhausting week!

First here is the weekly mileage run down:

M: Rest

T: 5 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 38:59, 7:48 Pace)

W: Rest

R: 11 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:25:14, 7:45 Pace)

F: 6.26 Miles Recovery W/6 X 100M Strides (‘Hood, 46:32, 7:27 Pace)

Sa: 5 Miles Recovery (Treamdill, 1% Incline 41:12, 8:15 Pace), Planks and Wall Sit

Su: 13.1 Miles Race (Go! St. Louis Half Marathon, 1:36:50, 7:24 Pace, 7th Age Group)

Total: 40.36 Miles

After the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon it was time to throw down on the BEST BBQ we have ever had! Pappy’s Smokehouse!!!

The smoker outside on the street.

This place is usually a 2 hour minimum wait. Luckily we got there within the first 15 minutes of opening and had to wait about 20 minutes. After we were done the line was out the door and down the hall. This place usually doesn’t even stay open until close because they sell out of everything before then.

This amazing mecca of BBQ is covered in famous people’s autographs and photos including folks like Willie Nelson. One of the visitors putting this place on the map is Man vs. Food Adam Richman who now has a menu item in his name called “The Adam Bomb”. This menu choice is no joke: One full slab, a beef sandwich, pork sandwich, 1/4 chicken, 4 side orders, and frito pie with hot links. Yes, he ate it all.

Pappy’s is a Memphis style BBQ. Their motto: “The sauce is on the side because we got nothin to hide.”

My ginormous rib platter choice was in the making since August of 2009. I told Rob that I wanted to eat some really good ribs since I rarely have them. We had planned to fly to Lambert’s but the airport has had their runway closed for repairs and then timed passed and I have been waiting for the appropriate time to throw down on some ribs and today was the day. What perfect ribs to wait for! They were seasoned unlike no other and I used very little BBQ sauce on the side because they were amazing with the dry rub. Also, they had the best sweet potatoe fries I’ve ever had, they were made with brown sugar, yum! I had never had fried corn on the cob before so I gave it a couple bites and decided although it’s not bad I needed to save the space for the amazing BBQ ribs instead. 🙂

Rob’s platter was beef brisket and pulled pork and was equally satisfied with his choice.

After the marathon of eating we had a good food coma nap and then headed to City Museum. This place is an interactive art playground with fun for all ages and they serve alcohol.

I put the wrestling moves on this same sumo statue back in 2008, this was round two. 🙂

One of the many slides.

Down the hatch!

Inside one of the buses that’s suspended. Rob makes a good angry bus driver. 🙂

Taking a break.

Every square inch of City Museum is covered in art and materials that have all been reused. Even the pillars in the cafe had tiny old toys in them.

There are petrified trees you can climb through.

Once again we never saw everything at City Museum so we will definitely be back!

A blurry picture of my lighter dinner at the hotel, cobb salad with no cheese, no bacon, no dressing.


2010 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon – 1:36:50

About ready to go, just need a ponytail.

This race logistically is so easy. The event starts just a couple blocks from our hotel. It was 51 degrees and a light breeze. This course was not flat. I’m looking forward to IL Marathon for less incline. The course loops around Budweiser Brewery and the smell of hops was very nice.

Coming back the crowds are so nice and encouraging. They were shouting out our names since they are printed on our bibs, which is a lot of fun. I got a lot of women shouting at me “cute shoes!” throughout the course and the guys around me would look at me funny, but I would shout back “thanks!!”. Got to love the pink Lunaracers! 😀 At one point these ladies around mile 8 shouted “cute shoes” and the guy next to me said “I doubt they were talking to me.” and I said, “Hard to say, you may want to consider some pink shoes though to make certain”. 🙂

Up next was the run by Pappy’s Smokehouse and it smelled amazing because they were smoking up the meat. It’s a very delicious and brutal smell when there is a race to finish first. I thought “I will be back Pappy’s!!”.

Just before Mile 10 I got to see Rob on the turn around and shout “Go Baby! Shake ‘N Bake!”. 🙂

I felt great the whole race and that I’m getting stronger with my pacing even with the hills.

Rob and I both PRed!

Rob finished in 1:33:58!! 

I was 1:36:50 which was 7th in my Age Group!

My previous HM time was 1:51:51 so this is a great sign that things are progressing!

Medal up close.

Now it’s time to get cleaned up to have some Pappy’s Smokehouse and fill up on an insane amount of BBQ! I’ll update this post with more pictures soon. Thanks for all the well wishes!



7:24 Pace

F 30-34: 7/1,122

F: 42/6,820

Overall: 247/10,703