Dave and Leo and I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania at my sister and her husband’s awesome farm. There were chickens!
And chocolate zucchini birthday cake for Leo!
Leo had a blast seeing family and the animals. All of my immediate family was around, as well as my aunt and uncle and mom’s cousins and our friends Peter and Becca. Unfortunately, things fell apart on Saturday night. Leo went down at 7pm but didn’t fall asleep until 8pm. And then from 8pm-5am he was up every 30-60 minutes (I wish I were kidding but I’m really really not.). At 4:30am Leo woke up. I got him settled back down and then got ready for the race. Kel and I had planned on leaving at 5am, picking up coffee, and getting to the park at 6am. We both still needed to pick up our race bibs (even though Kel wasn’t running the whole race she put on her bib for the miles she ran with me). We got out of the house a little late and couldn’t find coffee until we got almost to the park. Initially we had also planned to make pancakes to eat pre-race, but that didn’t happen either (this was, by far, our least planned-out race ever). Instead, I had warmed up leftover spaghetti noodles with butter, salt, and nutritional yeast. We stopped at Tim Horton’s in Erie to grab coffee and go to the bathroom and then headed up to the park. We found a spot and got to the registration about 6:30am (the race started at 7). Bibs were pinned and we tried to go to the bathroom again, but the lines for the portapotties were too long. Instead I handed stuff to Kel and jumped into the start, then took off!
I found a bathroom at mile 2 and then locked into my pace. Kelly was waiting for me on her bike at mile 5. She handed me GU Chomps and then rode next to me for the next 13 miles! It was so nice to have someone to talk to and just keep me company. I passed the 10k in 1:04:32 (10:24 pace) and the half at 2:14:56 (10:18 pace). At this point I felt really relaxed and strong. I figured a PR (a 4:22) was probably out of the picture, but I didn’t really care because I was having fun and enjoying myself. At mile 18 Kel handed me GU Chomps and then rode ahead to mile 21. I passed the 20 mile mark at 3:25:31 (10:16 pace). At mile 21 Kel hopped in the race with me. It was perfect timing, as I was starting to get tired. At this point we walked briefly through water stops (to this point I only walked when eating GU) and then kept running. Even though I was tired and my quads were tight, I still felt strong enough to try to push it to the end. Around mile 25.5 Dave found us with Leo in the stroller. He ran with us almost to the finish, then passed the stroller off to me to finish with. I figured since Leo accompanied me on just about every training run, he sure deserved to finish with me! Kel and I crossed the finish in 4:30:19 (10:19 pace).
This race continues to be one of my all time favorites. It’s lowkey but really well organized. The volunteers are super friendly and the course is amazing. It’s completely flat and fringed by either forest or beach. Race swag is great – a long sleeve shirt and running socks and a medal – no annoying coupons, or other things that you don’t need or want. Simple! Bonus: I get to run with my sister!!
After the race we grabbed lunch at Panera (my aunt and uncle and mom’s cousins had come to watch) and then we all headed home. Monday Kelly and I got pedicures and made pesto tofu salad with sweet potato fries. We also visited the Linesville Spillway and watched the horrifying fish:
There are so many fish that the ducks can sometimes actually walk on top of them. And they’re huge. And their mouths are so so freaky! Here are the ducks (and fish underneath) going crazy for the bread we threw in:
Kelly and I were definitely more fascinated by the fish than Leo. He just wanted to walk around the parking lot and go up and down the stairs (not my favorite activity since my quads were super sore!).
And yesterday we headed home after some last snuggles with Aunt Kelly.
We already miss all our family (the weekend went way too fast!) and I’m pining for another marathon (or three…), but it sure is good to be home!