Hello! How about a quick marathon recap? It fortunately isn’t too late, only 8 days later thanks to a busy week with David traveling again and a certain toddler deciding to boycott bedtime all week 🙂 . Last Sunday, (May 29th) I ran the MedCity Marathon in Rochester, MN!
My official finish time was 3:43:49 with an average pace of 8:33 per mile. I actually finished 9th woman overall and 3rd in my age group!
Overall I loved the race and had a great time. It was well organized and big, but not overwhelmingly large or congested. Everybody was super friendly, both the volunteers and the spectators. I didn’t really know what to expect or what my goals should be going in to the race but I had kind of set a goal of finishing in under 4 hours and keep a relatively easy pace throughout the race.
The race starts in Byron and the first six miles went by really quite fast and were also the hilliest so it worked out great! I personally think the Rochester area is really pretty so I didn’t mind the hills and they really aren’t bad, they are more like little rolling hills than anything else. Once we got into Rochester there were more spectators and over all I never really got bored with the course (am I the only one with this problem?). There were water stops about every 2 miles so I didn’t need to stop at each one even though it was by far warmer on Sunday than it was during any of my training runs! I trained in 30-40 degree weather and it was 60-70 Sunday morning, definitely a temperature range I’m not used to running in yet, especially with the humidity 🙂 .
The week before the race I ended up getting the flu and then having a huge allergy flair up so while I wasn’t feeling 100% I was still hoping to meet my goals. My training went really well. I completed all my runs (running 4-5 times a week) except for my 20 miler! I ended up not feeling well the week I was supposed to run 20 miles and never completed it! Mentally, this was more nerve-wracking than anything else. Just in case this happens to anyone else, don’t let it concern you!
I also started having trouble with my foot just a couple of days before the race. It has been bothering me on and off for the past couple of years and when it started to feel a little sore I cut out speed work which seemed to help up until the last week. My doctor had said to keep it stretched and ice it and that it was fine to continue running as long as the pain didn’t worsen throughout training and it really wasn’t horrible until the last week. Obviously I wasn’t about to not run having just finished all of the training and my x-rays looked good (no stress fracture) so I just iced and stretched a lot before Sunday. While the icing and stretching may have helped it still hurt quite a bit by the end of the race and I am still not running yet. I went to the doctor on Monday and was told to take a week off but I will have to play it by ear since, while it is significantly better it still isn’t great (it is a tendon issue and the marathon really aggravated it).
Overall I had a great time and hope to be able to run this race again someday, both the half marathon and marathon if all goes well! I don’t have any current race plans for the rest of summer as I am waiting to see how my foot heels but I hope to run a 5k in late summer/fall!
Do you have any summer running plans?