The Saturday after Thanksgiving I completed the first marathon that I walked 100% with not one step of running. I finished in 6:08:06 with a negative split of 3:12/2:56. While it's tempting to try that again with the goal of breaking 6 hours walking, I like running too much. There were many times I wanted to run but didn't. Miles 10-17 were tough because I developed a cramping knot in my left glute. It was so tempting to stop at the half on this double out/back course. But I kept going and it finally worked itself out so it wasn't quite so painful. I think if that hadn't slowed me down I would have been able to break 6 hours.
|Just before the start with maniac buddies Rose and DD|
|It was a pretty good day for running --- harder to regulate temperature for walking, hence all the clothes.|
|Right after I finished with DD and Jules|
Scott puts on a great race and despite some not-so-nice sidewalk sections, for the most part its a very scenic course along Lake Washington. I especially enjoyed the first time around Seward Park with the lights twinkling on the water in the emerging dawn.
|Enjoying my post race hot dog with DD and Karen, who had finished day 3 of the Quadzilla. Too bad I was driving or I would have had a beer too.|
Training for Across the Years is soon coming to a close. Unfortunately it's ending with a whimper instead of a bang. I haven't been able to get into a groove since the Ghost and a week in Las Vegas for a conference didn't help. But October and November were both 200+ mile months so I think I'm better prepared than I was last year. I'm looking forward to one last 20+ mile run in Forest Park this weekend. And then I'm ready for some active rest and relaxation while I enjoy the holidays.