2012 IL Marathon – 5K – 23:32

Today after work Rob and I had to get to Champaign, IL to go to the IL Marathon expo and run the 5K. Tomorrow morning is the marathon so this was a first. When to eat the night before a marathon when you have a 5K at 6:45pm and then won’t be back home until 8:30-ish.

That resulted in Noodles & Company side salad with fat freeΒ dressing and regular buttered noodles at 3:00pm. I have no idea if this is the right route, but we usually eat at 4:30-ish the night before a marathon so we will try this and have a light post-5K snack.

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We were down to the expo in more than enough time to pick up bibs and shirts.

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I managed to spend a couple bucks on headbands at the expo. Then we headed back to the car to wait. I used the time to take pics of our running shirts.
The 5K shirt. General guy’s fit for this one.

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The women’s cut marathon shirt.

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We made our way to the start line in plenty of time. There were approximately 5,000 5Kers registered.

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Other than a delayed start so cops could tow a car on the course the start was smooth. The race course is relatively flat and has minimal turns. We ran easy paced. Just before the finish we saw Ryan and Melisa! We always seem to find them at events without even trying, is like a mini-tradition to spot them. πŸ™‚ Then into the stadium to finish Rob and I hold hands. πŸ™‚


All done!

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After the race we got to chat with Ryan and Melisa for a bit. Then we ran into Erin and Mike (who won tonight’s 5K!) so we caught up with them quickly and then got on the road.
The medal was really nice, the middle “I” spins.

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Now off to get rest!
Stats:
23:32
7:35 Pace
F 35-39: 4/?

She’s a Maniac

Last weekend resulted in two days of sick with sinus junk and fever, not a fun way to spend the weekend. I got in miles when my head would stop pounding, but it was unpleasant. I did get in 8 that felt good Monday and my quad pain seems to have faded. Tuesday at Team Steam my legs felt very stale. Our workout was 3-6 x 1000M with 90 sec recoveries in a marked area within a cemetary. I’m new to doing marked speed work outside of a track, but it was nice to have scenery. The pace was supposed to be 5K Pace or faster, but with my recovery from Boston I just put in the effort I could to make it through 3 and then did 1 loop at an easier pace.

I forgot to mention that I’ve changed my hair color to blonde. I’ve been brunette for 2 years so it felt like time to switch it up.

I meant to have Rob take my picture before work, but forgot so this creepy Starbucks bathroom pic will have to do instead.

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Thursday night Team Steam workout was awesome! We did hill ladders up the big Steamboat Classic hill in Glenn Oak Park. They had cones set up going up the hill. You started at the first cone ran up two cones and came back down the hill one cone, then up two more cones, back down one cone until you made it to the top. From the top you ran back down to the start. Then you could repeat the workout as many times as you wanted. I did two rounds on my own and the last one with Jamie. It was such a fun workout and I hope we get to do it again!

This weekend is theIL Marathon weekend! Rob and I will be running the 5K tonight for fun and then the marathon tomorrow morning. This will only be 12 days since Boston. My main goal is getting to become a Marathon Maniac! As Rob and I continue our running adventures I want to see how to multi-marathon close together and learn how to manage recovery.

So I will be posting all of the adventures this weekend and tweeting!!