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Exposition

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Workouts:

Sunday (4/24):

10 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:21:58, 8:12 Pace)

P90X – Ab Ripper

12.7 Bike Easy (45:00, P2, L4, 16.93 mph)

Monday (4/25):

Rest

Tuesday (4/26):

Rest

Wednesday (4/27):

7.71 Miles General Aerobic (Lake Bloomington, 59:12, 7:41 Pace)

Thursday (4/28):

Rest

Friday (4/29):

45 Mins Yoga

Saturday (4/30):

4.71 Miles Easy (Treadmill, -3% – +3% Incline, 43:38, 9:16 Pace)

Sunday (5/1):

11 Miles Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:32:19, 8:24 Pace)

P90X – X Stretch

This week was nothing but hectic. Good thing it’s recovery time . Coming back from a week off from work meant I had a ton of email and assignments to follow up on. Not to mention an expo and a big presentation to come into work on Friday. I was constantly running around frantic. I did not get in enough workouts this week. Normally this would drive me nuts, but this week I just had to go with the time I did have.

Monday I helped out a Tri Expo for the Often Running store. Me and Mitch at the Expo.

The hardest day was Wednesday. It was the Ride the Wave group run night and I was 10 minutes late to the workout. I hate being late and trying to get to RTW right after work has been a bit of a challenge. We were supposed to run the outer loop of the lake so I headed out in the opposite direction, knowing I would catch up to them somewhere half way into their workout. I couldn’t wait to see them and hear about their races and tell them about Boston. But that never happened. I saw other running groups and got to wave to them, but I never ran into my crew. It was windy and cold and I ended up running the loop alone. It was frustrating since I was so excited to see them and I was having such a stressful week that I was left to think about all the other things I still needed to finish up. Turns out my group did the inner loop and since it is shorter they were long gone by the time I was back. I hope they had a good run and I’m bummed I couldn’t be there to hang out with them.

Thursday was an all day expo at work. It was a very productive and tiring at the same time. Me and Abby before the day got started.

That night we went out with our friends and Drew came in town for the weekend. This would be a big weekend for Rob and Drew, they would both be running IL Marathon on Saturday!

Friday I had to go into work for a big presentation and then it was off to the IL Marathon Expo and the 5K. Drew would be running the 5K the night before the marathon to earn the I-Challenge medal. Drew picking up his first marathon bib.

Rob and Drew with their marathon bibs.

Us chilling out before the 5K.

Drew getting into the running zone. 🙂

Drew all done with the 5K. He used it as some easy miles prior to the marathon.

After some coffee and Subway we headed home to get some sleep for the marathon the next morning!

We were up around 3:30am and the boys got ready, we hit the road just before 5am. We easily found parking like years past and got the guys to the bathroom a couple times and ready to race.

I was able to see them both off. A change they made to the race this year was letting the marathoners go 30 minutes before the half marathoners.

After they took off I walked about a mile to a Starbucks to wait for them where it would be about mile 13 on the course for them. I enjoyed a non-fat Misto and read Kara Goucher’s book while I waited for the lead guys to come by. Then I packed up my items to stand out and cheer. Being a Starbucks was perfect spectating location. I had yummy coffee, warm place to sit, free wifi, and a clean bathroom. When Rob came up I screamed “that’s my husband” and everyone cheered for him. He was on perfect pace and looked totally relaxed.

Later I got to see Drew and he too was doing great! This is his first marathon and he was purposely taking it easy, his goal was to get it completed and feel strong. He will be running his second marathon, Chicago Marathon, in October! Just to think that this time last year he was seriously training to run 5Ks, then by the fall was running 10Ks and by end of year he did his first half marathon and since has now completed two! We are so proud of him!

After seeing them both, I moved to the corner that was before mile 26 to see Rob in. The weather started out great, 45-50 degrees, overcast and a light breeze. However, three hours later the winds picked up significantly and the sun had come out. The runners that were coming in were muttering about the high winds they encountered. Our friend Abby had seen Rob had mile 19 and while he looked strong, his time had slowed. The winds were taking a toll.

I was excited that even with the winds, Rob’s pace would definitely get him a new PR! It was so great to see him and see that he was definitely more together and in his head than last year’s IL Marathon. He PRed with a 3:31:07!! I’m so proud and happy for him! This time last year he had terrible stomach issues and was a wreck afterwards. This year he was moving around well and completely fine stomach-wise! It was such a great race for him!

We got Rob food and changed and then waited for Drew’s finish.

Drew is now officially a marathoner! He finished in 5:09:03!

What a great weekend! That night we celebrated with dinner out and some dirty martinis. Sunday the guys went for a long walk and I did a run around the ‘hood.

14 thoughts on “Exposition

  1. Great job to rob and drew! You 3 remind me of Brian me and our friend drew too! 🙂

  2. What a great race!!!

  3. Good for them. That is so exciting! I hate running in wind, I think it is even worse then rain seriously.

    • Yes, they are both awful. Hmm…not sure which I prefer. I would take super hot over all of them. I would much rather be too hot than freezing. Wind/Rain…hard to choose which is worse.

  4. Congrats to Rob and Drew! How did it feel to be a spectator? Were you “itching to race” when you got there?

    Also, totally unrelated to this post, but what are those striped sticker things on your forearm in some of your race pics? I volunteered at a marathon this past weekend and saw some runners with them too. Just curious what they are!

    • I was totally itching to race! I told some ladies how jealous I was that they were running a marathon and to enjoy the second half. I would love to have been out there regardless of pace.

      I’m guessing you mean the pace tatoos (aka: pace tats)? They are temporary tattoos that have your goal finish time broken down so you know what time you should be at for each mile. It can be a helpful tool if someone needs help with math during a long race, I know I do! Google pacetat and the company should come up. Some major races give them out for free at the expo at the Pacer booth.

  5. I had a feeling they had something to do with pacing. Thanks for the explanation 🙂 And THANK YOU for being such an inspiration, sometimes when I’m feeling down about my running/pace I re-read some of your race recaps to get me motivated again 🙂

    • Oh wow! Thanks Dana! 🙂 I can say the same about you and your blog! I love getting your comments, so keep them coming! I can’t wait to see what you think of NYC Marathon!

  6. wow that was quite a week!! watching the race was so fun, but it was hard to be on the other side of things! i think we should have walkie-talkies if we ever do that again!

    • Or smartphones 😉 Hehehehe. It was hard to not be a part of of the running. I nearly lost my voice cheering so hard. 🙂 It was a crazy week, not to mention the going out for dinner and shopping. It was such a full, but productive week. 🙂

  7. Drew looks SO happy during his marathon 🙂 They both did great!! I ordered a pacetat for the half, but totally forgot it at home – I am another runner that CAN NOT do any kind of math while I’m running LOL Congrats to Drew and Rob!!!!

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