I had a long, fun weekend that really made me excited for triathlon season, and that little race I’m registered for in Chattanooga…
On Saturday I got in my second 20 miler, and while it wasn’t as stellar as the one in DC, it wasn’t awful. I kept a solid pace and wasn’t really ready for it to be over until the last two miles. Those last two mile reminded me of how the end of the marathon could potentially feel. While not at all enjoyable, I know I am strong enough to get through them. I wound up running the first few miles with my friend Terence and the middle miles with a few other friends. Unfortunately, the last two, those tough ones, I did solo. Again pretty good race day simulation actually. I averaged 9:02 minute miles and I’m happy with that.
I got my nutrition right for this run as well. I had a dinner of angel hair pasta with red sauce and simple sautéed chicken. Then, for breakfast, I had half of a whole wheat bagel. During my run I took a Gu brand gel every 45 minutes. I had no tummy trouble finally!
The only downside to this run was how tired and sore I felt afterward. I don’t remember feeling nearly this sore after my 20 miler in DC. It’s amazing what cold weather will do for you legs!
After dinner with friends on Saturday, the S.O. and I both got up super early on Sunday to head to different triathlons. He headed to volunteer at TriRock while I headed about an hour and a half south to watch Meghan complete her first 70.3 at Rev3.
|Meghan ready to tackle her first 70.3!|
I had the pleasure of hanging out with Tori, Genna, Meg, and Meghan’s husband Tim. We also got to cheer for a group of other friends, Steph, Bill, Jess, Heather, and Chris. And as a bonus I saw quite few others racing that I know from the local tri community. It was like one big party out there.
|I love signs.|
|(L to R): Me, Jess, Heather, and Steph. These girls rock!|
Of course no real spectating can go down without costumes. And Tori and I had a plan. The Banana and Stay Puft were going to meet.
|Me, Tori (the banana), Genna, and Meg|
|Me and Tori|
Of course I had to bring out Stay Puft again. And let me tell you, while Stay Puft was awesome at keeping me warm in DC, I was sweating like a triathlete in that thing on Sunday. Ha! It was awesome though and I think the athletes enjoyed seeing us, even if they did think they were hallucinating.
It goes without saying that everyone did so, so, so well. Meghan crushed it and got third in her age group. Go read her recap HERE.
I am officially itching for tri season. I just gotta get through this marathon and it’s on! Happy Tuesday! How were your weekend? Did you race?
Are you doing any 70.3's in prep for IMCHOO?
I had so much fun spectating with you girls! I think I might become a professional spectator. Is that a thing? I'm already dreaming up my IMCH spectator uniform 😉
You're so awesome about spectating haha! I may need to bust out a costume for Women's, wanna join me?!
Looks like loads of fun! All the bloggy ladies are kicking so much butt! 🙂
Great week! Looks like you had some fun as well.
Great weekend recap B.S.!! We will have to do another 5 am er before Jacksonville… 🙂
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Glad you had such a good 20 miler, even though not quite as good. You're going to kick this marathon's butt. I swear if it were next weekend you'd definitely be prepared for it!
And thanks again for volunteering. It was so amazing and uplifting. I wondered on the run when I'd be able to see you all, and when you weren't on the sidewalk I thought maybe I had missed you somehow. When I came around that corner and y'all were all there I was so thrilled! It was so perfect and uplifting, just at the moment that I needed a boost. Those two looped courses are the devil. Yay for IMChatt being two loops both on bike and run!
I know what you mean. I'm already getting excited for next year's tri season, and I'm only 2 weeks out of ironman.
Congrats to the friends! Finishing your first 70.3 is huge, and a wonderful accomplishment.
Yay for triathlon season! And double yay for one I will get to participate in! 🙂 THat was a solid 20 miler! Good job!
You're like the most awesome spectator ever.
Tori's sign KILLS ME! I was cracking up SO hard when I saw you tagged in pics with her. I don't think I realized you were going down for that 70.3, one of our run club peeps was down there racing his first 70.3 and one of our run leaders came down to cheer him on. Alas, we were so close and yet so far away. I miss you!!!