Saturday morning we headed out to cheer on mom and dad walking a 5K in Forest Park as part of the Go St. Louis! marathon weekend events. They were both looking very chipper and strong and even stopped to give us some serious running poses... dad's words were "get low" hahahaha...
Sunday morning came way early and after debating how I'd get my needed miles in and trying to see some of the STL HM as well, I had a plan. Dad, our designated drop-off driver (DDD), left us near the starting line to the STL marathon, half-marathon and relay events... we checked bags, hit the porta-potties and lined up. A gorgeous day was unfolding. Soon enough the anthem was sung and the gun went off. Erika and Beth were just behind Monika & I as we settled into a nice comfortable pace. I planned to run the first 10 miles with Monika and when she turned around to head towards the finish line of the HM I would stick with the full peeps and get a few more miles in with them before leaving the race course altogether. It was a great way to run 22.25 miles and not be solo the entire time. And it all turned out quite well although the temps were a wee bit warmer than I would have liked, they didn't hurt too much. Thoughts about the run:
- I should have drank more earlier, I was carrying my hand held and didn't want to run out of liquids before I found a water fountain in the park. Around mile 16 I felt a little overheated but probably could have avoided this with more liquids earlier
- Fueling during the run was spot-on, fueling the two days before were notsogreat
- I really enjoyed the relative quiet after splitting off from the HM peeps near mile 10, running along Forest Park Pkwy under Kingshighway was a nice break and really reengaged me
- Although I was technically a bandit to the race (though I didn't take any gel, water or gatorade from the aid stations) all of the volunteers were extremely supportive and helpful - this event is organized very well!
- It was fun to start the run downtown, take in a ton of local scenery and end up running right back to my parent's house
And that brings both my weekend and another week of training to an end. With less than 3 weeks until the IL Marathon I ended Sunday with my highest weekly mileage ever, 75.1 miles! Time to back off now, rest as much as possible and keep myself strong and healthy. Thanks for the wonderful times Pfeiffers!!!