1. I received the email below. The half marathon in Pittsburg was cancelled. Dang, that would have been my race in PA. Luckily, there is another race in Philadelphia in September so I registered for that race.
2. To top it off I also found out that the Cleveland race has been moved from Saturday, October 5th to Sunday, October 6th. What else is Rock ‘n’ Roll going to change? I don’t mind it too much because now I can leave for Cleveland on Saturday and not take a day off on Friday. When I found out I changed my airline and hotel reservation. I had to pay a little bit more for my return flight to Chicago but got a hotel closer to the start/finish line.
3. I’ve read great reviews about the Eugene Marathon that took place last weekend. I wished I would have ran it this year but now I am determined to make my way over there next year. For a great race recap read Kim’s at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls.
My races in May are the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon on May 19th and Boston’s Run to Remember on May 26th. Both races should be fun and I am looking forward to both of them!
Today was my last run with my Brooks PureConnect. I bought these in the beginning of January but began running in them either mid January or beginning of February. Regardless, I think I’ve put in about 200 or so miles. On Sunday I went to Fleet Feet Chicago and bought the Mizuno Wave Elixir. Love the colors!
I have not taken a bikram yoga class yet. I am very disappointed in myself but plan to start soon. To date I’ve ran four Rock ‘n’ Roll races so these medals should be in my possession soon.
I got in Nashville after 4pm. I wasn’t sure whether to call for a shuttle or take a cab to the hotel but my new friend Laura told me that a friend of a friend (Jeff) was at the airport with a car and could give me a ride to the hotel. Sweet! Perfect timing too!
He was going first to the expo so I went with him. I did not wait long for my bib which was nice. Check out the cool bracelet I received!
I love Rock ‘n’ Roll expos but I’ve been to a few of them and didn’t need/want anything. We walked around and saw Frank Shorter. I had to take a picture with him.
Later that night Laura and I went out for dinner. We stopped at The Old Spaghetti Factory but the wait was 45 minutes. We left our name on the wait list but left to check out other restaurants and possibly get a beer. We ended up at Rock Bottom Brewery and ate dinner there and drank beer.
Wake up time on race day was 5:15 am. The hotel was nice enough to offer race participants a ride to the start line. We went down a little after 6 and waited in line for about an hour. I was a little annoyed because I don’t like waiting but was glad I did because at least I waited indoors and not at the start line since it was raining.
The rain damped my mood. It rained all through the race. I wore shorts, short sleeve shirt, light jacket, and a plastic bag. I made a mental note that I had to purchase a water resistant jacket (I bought one on Sunday). I chafed in many places and was in pain when I took a shower.
My goal was to finish in less than 2:30. Finish time was 2:29:39!!! And yes another hilly course. Obviously if it hadn’t rain that much then the race experience would have been so much better!
My mile splits were:
Miles 1 through 4-10:12, 10:39, 12:10, 12:39
Miles 5 through 8-11:43, 10:24, 10:48, 12:16
Miles 9 through 12-11:18, 10:41, 11:28, 11:18
The best part of this race/trip was meeting Laura. She is such a sweet and amazing person! She ran the full marathon and finished in 3:55:26.
Tuesday – 5 x 1000 (400 RI)
Done. Love these repeats!
Thursday – Yoga
My plan was to go to Bikram Yoga River North. I even checked the schedule and there is a class scheduled at 4:30pm. I get off work at 3 so I knew I would make it on time. However, on Thursday the negotiation team met after school. The teacher contract we put together earlier this month was voted down. The plan now is to come up with a new/revised contract. It is a lot of work but also rewarding.
Saturday – Half Marathon
I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon. It rained all through the race. I was miserable.
Tuesday – 2 x 1200 (2 min RI) and 4 x 800 (2 min RI)
Done. I ran these on the treadmill at 7.5 which equals to an 8:00 mile. I struggled with the 1200s but did good with the 800s.
Thursday – 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy
Done. Ran these on the treadmill at 6.8 which equals to an 8:49 mile. I was soaking wet when I was done! Also, I ran in a new pair of Brooks shorts.
Saturday – 8 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Done. Ran these at 6.6 which equals to an 9:05 mile. My legs were still sore from this week so I took a few walking breaks.