Over the last 2 years since I started racing I have said “this is the LAST one” so many times that I’ve lost track. It turns out that I am addicted to racing. Just when I think I’m really done with it, I get the itch to sign up for another race. There is just something about it — the shirt, the medal, the high of crossing the finish line — whatever it is, I just can’t stay away.

One thing I can stay away from though is racing in the summer. My second half marathon was in September and training throughout the summer was really, really not fun. So even though I’m running the Rad Run next week, I am going to take the summer off from running. Sure I’ll still go for the occasional 3-5 mile run, but I want to give myself a mental and physical break from the stresses of training.

But, you know me, and the thought having NOTHING scheduled to make me start training again freaked me out a bit. So, what did I do?

I signed up for 2 fall races.

Race #1 is the NYC Rock N Roll 10K in October.

Race #2 is the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November.

The 10K can act as a mid training race for the half marathon.

I plan on starting to train again in August. I am really looking forward to a few months of no-stress running, but I am sure I will be ready to go again when it’s time.

I’ll be sure to recap the Rad Run next week!



A couple weeks ago a friend was trying to convince me to run the same 10K that I did last year down the shore on Memorial Day. I kept going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to do it, but one day at work I finally decided to sign up. I didn’t have any checks with me to mail in the race fee so mom was nice enough to pay my entry! I guess that’s one of the perks of working on the same floor as your mom!

My friend was going to do the 10K “with” me (we weren’t planning to run together) and 2 of her friends were signed up for the 5K.

On Saturday we went to the community center to pick up our bibs and tee shirts.

Because it was such a small race it only took a minute to pick up our stuff. Then we had a low key night to prepare ourselves for an early morning of running.

Last year we ended up getting to the start of the race way too early and stood around for a really long time before it even started. This year we timed it much better and ended up only waiting a few minutes before they told everyone to head over to the start.

There isn’t really an exact start line, but everyone lines up together and when they say “Go!” you just take off. I knew I wasn’t going to PR at this race since it was just a bit too warm out, but my goal was to finish faster than last year.

The start of the race was overcast and it wasn’t too hot out, but by the time I got to the 5K turn around (about 1.5 miles into the race) I felt it starting to get hotter. By the time I hit mile 2 I was getting really hot. At the water station I poured a cup of water over my head. I was still feeling pretty good though, despite the heat. Just before the 10K turn around I saw my friend and we high fived. Shortly after I reached the end of the out-and-back stretch and turned around. By mile 4 I just wanted the race to be over. It had gotten very sunny and I was bored with the race. There isn’t much to see on the course because it is literally a straight line up and down the main road. Mile 5 went a bit better, but I was still really bored! Mile 6 I honestly wished I had pushed a bit harder but I didn’t feel like I had much left. I ended up walking for a little stretch. In retrospect this seems kind of silly because if I had just run it would have been over that much faster! Finally I saw the finish and I sprinted to the end. My friends cheered me on as I crossed the finish line in 1:01:31. 29 seconds faster than last year!

The splits (based on my watch, which said I ran 6.27 miles):

Mile Pace
Mile 1: 8:48
Mile 2: 9:21
Mile 3: 9:53
Mile 4: 10:16
Mile 5: 9:55
Mile 6: 10:42
.27 Miles: 9:23

I definitely could have pushed harder in mile 6, but I still met my goal of finishing faster than last year. For a non-competitive, spur of the moment race I was pretty happy with this.

After the 5K turn around the crowd of runners thinned out a lot. I don’t think very many people ran the 10K this year. My friend and I both decided that next year, if we want to run, we will do the 5K. This race really isn’t that much fun but we like the tradition, so that would be a good alternative.

I have more racing plans in the next couple of months, but I will save that for a separate post!



Time for another race recap! These never get old! After the marathon the thought of running Broad Street sounded awful to me. But the race was so much fun! I’ve been enjoying my less structured work out schedule recently. I had a great 6 miler last weekend, and a few good shorter runs this week. I also took my bike out!

But on to the recap. Let’s rewind…


Last year, I went to the expo at lunch during work and was in and out pretty quickly. So, around 11:30 on Friday my co worker and I headed over to the expo thinking we could be back by 1. Joke was on us! We got to the stadium and the line to get into the expo was unbelievably long. It snaked all the way around the stadium and then up 4 levels. It took us a very long time to get to the top! Finally, we made it and got our bibs and tee shirts and hustled to get back to work.


No joke, I did not move all day.

My friend Becca and I decided to run the race together, so she came over to make leaving in the morning go more smoothly.

We chatted for a while when she got to my apartment and stayed up later than we should have.


Would you believe it?! I overslept AGAIN this year! There must be something about running Broad Street and not hearing your alarm. Becca and I were supposed to meet my co worker and her roommate to go to the race together. But we told them to go on without us and we got ready pretty quickly. I wasn’t very nervous for the race, so I was ok with oversleeping and catching a subway a bit later.

I wore pants and a tank top even though it was a little chilly out when we left for the race, but I was worried about it being like the marathon where I was overdressed.  I ate my usual pre-run breakfast of a flax wrap and peanut butter. Then we headed to the subway.

It was packed, but we managed to squeeze onto the first subway that stopped and it wasn’t even THAT crowded (compared to last year and the marathon). When we got to the start we went right to the porta potties. The line took forever. Luckily there was toilet paper though! I’ve learned this is pretty rare at races!

Then we headed to the corrals. I remembered last year no one cared where you started and I didn’t want to wait 40 minutes to start, so we snuck up to an earlier corral. Everyone had on a different color bib (that’s how the corrals were set up) so it was obvious there was no rhyme or reason to this. Even still, we waited about 21 minutes to cross the start!

Becca and I agreed to run together but not to worry if we separated. We also agreed NO talking. We turned out to be great race buddies. At every mile I glanced at my watch and we were shocked at how great we were doing! Around mile 4 I got a really bad cramp. I was worried I was going to have to stop. But we were coming up on a water station so I ran over to grab a cup and walked through the water station. Becca was long gone, but I was so bummed that I had lost her that I took off at lightening speed. I just checked my Garmin and I was running about 9 miles per hour! I caught up to her and fell back into a more comfortable pace. We continued to have great mile splits.

But, just before mile 7, I started to feel like I was chasing Becca. She got a burst of energy and took off as I fell back a bit. I still maintained decent mile splits, but they were a bit slower than the first 7 miles. I would have liked to finish stronger, but oh well.

My Garmin said that I ran 10.06 miles, which is close enough, but I think my last mile split should really be faster than what it says below. I was booking it at the end! Here are the splits:

Mile Pace
Mile 1: 9:38
Mile 2: 9:27
Mile 3: 9:31
Mile 4: 9:35
Mile 5: 9:32
Mile 6: 9:54
Mile 7: 9:59
Mile 8: 10:04
Mile 9: 10:07
Mile 10: 10:04
.06 Miles 8:55

My official chip time according the website was 1:38:31 (2 seconds off of my Garmin). That’s 9 minutes faster than last year!

After, I got my medal.

And then went through the finisher’s chute where they gave out water and soft pretzels and some other food. Shockingly, I wasn’t scarred for life from my incident and I ate the soft pretzel right away. Since the marathon whenever I do a longer run I have felt SO nauseous after. I had that same feeling coming on but the pretzel did the trick and I felt great after.

Then I headed back to my apartment, showered and met up with Mom and Mommom for brunch.

I know I could have pushed a bit harder at the end but I am really proud of this race. It feels strange to not have any major races on my calendar, so I need to think about what I want to do next. A break might be ok, but this race reminded me of how much I love races! I’ll be sure to write about whatever I decide.


Ok, so I know I have totally fallen off the blogging wagon. Oops. I’ve just been busy doing other things! I’ve made it a habit since the marathon to say yes more and go and do fun stuff! It’s working. I am still running and working out 5-6 days a week, but nothing to write home blog about. My weeks have been looking like this: 2-3 days of running, 2-3 days of lifting and stairmill, 1-2 days of lifting and spinning class. A nice variety, though I would STILL like to add in some Pilates. It just never quite lines up with my schedule.

Anyway, on Monday morning I woke up early to run. I knew I wouldn’t have time after work cause I had a jam packed week of activities but I didn’t end up having quite enough time to run 6 miles as I had planned.

I woke up with about an hour until I would have liked to start getting ready for work. Already, this is not really enough time to do 6 miles.

I got dressed and went into my kitchen for some water. Eeeeee! GIANT COCKROACH. Not kidding this thing had to be the size of my fist. Ok, so I am kidding. It was like the size of my thumb. But still it was in my kitchen! Gross!!!! And it was way too high up for me to reach it. So, I left for my run. Now with about 40 minutes to run.

I ran 1 mile in 10:06

Then I ran a second mile in 10:21

Then about a half mile later I was trotting up 11th street, passing a little pretzel shop.

Let’s pause for a second. Why (why?!) do people eat pretzel’s for breakfast. It makes no sense to me! At work every Thursday there are pretzels for all for breakfast, and everyone eats them. It baffles me.  I digress…

So I’m running passed the pretzel shop and a woman comes barreling out of the store at the same exact moment I am running by. Her pretzel lands on my shirt mustard side down as she body slams into my arm. I said sorry (even though it was totally not my fault). She glares at me, takes a bite of her pretzel, and walks away.

Ok, pause again for a second. Let’s say you were this crazy pretzel lady. Would you ever eat a pretzel off of a strangers shirt? No, didn’t think so. New question. Would you ever eat a pretzel off of a sweaty strangers shirt? NO! Of course not!

So I watch her walk away in shock and then look down to see one of my favorite tops covered in mustard.  I ran inside for some napkins and wiped off my shirt as best I could. Two women who were standing near by watched the whole thing go down and asked if I was ok. They assured me it was not my fault and that crazy pretzel lady was, in fact, crazy.

After that I just ran home. I was very flustered. I finished mile 3 in 9:45. I guess being attacked by a pretzel makes me faster?

I got home and my new pet was still on my wall. Oh boy, what a way to start a Monday. I had maintenance come up and evict him though.

The next day I had a giant bruise on my arm from the crazy pretzel lady collision. It’ s still there actually!

Yesterday I ran a brutal 10 miles. It was so hot and I had a hard time regulating my breathing. I’m really not looking forward to Broad Street. But I’m going to do it anyway and then take a hiatus from long races.

I’m not giving up on racing entirely though because I just signed up for the Color Me Rad run! It’s a 5k and they paint you through out the run. Definitely different!

In other news, I lost my race bracelet. I am SO sad about that. It had come off a few times since I added the full marathon charm, but I noticed every time. I guess it was just a bit too heavy.

Off to enjoy what’s left of my weekend!


I finally have a routine again, and it’s been nice! I’m going to do a weekly recap like how I did for the marathon. Here we go!

Monday: Strength – I did a cardio/strength circuit that was killer! It started with 10 minutes on the stairmill (aka the revolving staircase of death). Then a superset of 2 leg moves (I forget which now). Then 6 minutes on the stairmill. Then another superset. Then 4 minutes on the stairmill. And then I ended with 4 more strength moves. It was great!

Tuesday: Run – I would have liked to do speed or tempo, but I decided to just go easy. I headed out with the plan to do 4 – 7 miles. When I got to 4 miles I told myself to suck it up and I did 2 more. I would have gone for 1 more, but I didn’t have enough time before meeting a friend for dinner. It was a perfect night for a run. I kept a 10:17 pace.

Wednesday: Strength – I did the same work out as on Monday but with upper body. It was excellent again. This is definitely a new favorite.

Thursday: Run Rest – I was beat. So I bailed on my run.

Friday: Strength – I worked out with Mom and her trainer. It always kicks my butt!

Saturday: Long-ish run – I did 8 miles around Hoboken. It was so pretty running along the river!


The run was tough, but felt really good. I kept a 10:31 pace. Much slower than I used to be pre-marathon, but I ran the whole time (and same for the run on Tuesday). My goal is to get rid of the walking breaks that I got used to during marathon training.

Sunday: Rest!

I also never blogged about the charm that Vic got me for the marathon. Can’t believe I forgot! But here it is.

I love it.

That’s all I’ve got. 4 weeks til Broad Street!


I had a feeling I would neglect the blog a bit after the marathon. Turns out I was right. 15 days later and I’m back!

It’s been so weird not training for the marathon. My life pretty much revolved around it for 18 weeks. I was either running or  thinking about running or talking about running all the time. I’m glad to be able to focus on other things now, but last Saturday I also found myself missing my long run! So strange.

The week following the marathon I took it very, very easy. I biked and ellipticalled everyday, but with very little resistance and very little speed. I wanted to run at the end of that week even though my legs were still a bit sore, but I ended up not fitting it in. It turns out it was a good thing I didn’t have the time because with a few extra days off of running I felt 100% better. I think it took 8 days to feel totally normal again, which isn’t too bad if you ask me! It was also a nice change to relax!

I went for 2 runs this past week. The first was a 3.5 miler on the treadmill. Now THAT was weird! I didn’t do one training run inside, and I have no idea what compelled me to run on the treadmill this past week. It is definitely less natural than running outside. The second was a speedy 5 miler outside. I kept the pace under 10 minute miles and it was the perfect weather. I ran around my neighborhood and then down to the river. It was fantastic.

I have also added back in strength training, which I am loving! I didn’t realize how much I missed it. I did some great work outs where I did circuits of cardio and strength to keep my heart rate up. It was really fun!

I wanted to run 7 miles this weekend, but the weekend seemed to slip away from me. I’m starting to realize that I will live (shocker!) if I skip a run or two. I don’t want to slack off completely because Broad Street is in a month. But I’m going to try and take a more relaxed approach with this race.

I’ll try to start weekly recaps again, but no promises!


(Turns out that I’ve been calling this the National Marathon for months, but it was renamed this year to the USA Marathon…oops.)

So, I ran a marathon this weekend. I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t believe that it is over. I was warned that it would be hard, and I didn’t believe anyone because my 20 mile run had gone so smoothly. Nothing could have prepared me for how difficult it is to run a marathon. This was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. I am sore in places I didn’t know it was possible to be sore. Ouch. Let’s back up to before the race though…


The Thursday before the race I felt really off. I went to get acupuncture to help my back, and I don’t think it did anything. I guess it was just a really expensive mid-day nap. I went back to work afterwards and didn’t feel great. After work I met up with Mom and she bought me dinner so I could begin carb loading. Then I went home and got in bed in hopes that I would feel a little better. I watched a movie called “The Spirit of the Marathon” before going to sleep.

I heard that it would pump me up. But really it just freaked me out. (It’s on Hulu if you want to watch.)


I met up with Vic and we headed for the train station. We had perfect timing and were soon on our way to DC. We checked in at our hotel and then we walked over to the metro to head down to the race expo.

First I got my bib.

Then my teeshirt.

Then we walked around for a while, first we found a faux finish line.

I bought some Gu and some Gu Chomps.

And a sticker.

And a magnet.

(Not sure why that looks green, it’s actually white, and already has a prime spot on my fridge.)

And a headband. (I was planning on wearing all black, and figured a bright color would help my fans find me!)

Then we went on the hunt to find me new sneakers, but no luck. Boo.

As we were walking out a lady told us if we test drove a car we would get a Target gift card and a tee shirt. So we did! Since there is no Target near me I gave Vic my gift card and she gave me her tee shirt. We also entered to win a car, but we didn’t win and I ended up with ANOTHER tee shirt. So, I left the expo with 4 new tee shirts…

Then we went and had lunch and went back to the hotel to rest for the afternoon. I didn’t plan on napping because I wanted to sleep at night. But then I felt really tired and decided I probably wouldn’t sleep well anyway, so I took a nap. Then Mom arrived and we went to a pre-race dinner with Jon!

After dinner I was SO full. Too much pasta!!!!

Then we watched Lehigh beat Duke!

I tried to sleep but didn’t have much success…

Saturday – RACE DAY!!!!

I woke up a little after 5:30. Since I had to wake up before 5 some mornings in February to fit my runs in, this didn’t even seem that crazy. I always think that racing means waking up at insane hours, but not this time!

I got over dressed in pants, a tank top, and a long sleeve shirt. Then I ate my normal pre-long-run breakfast of peanut butter on a flax wrap. Soon it was time to go! I left Vic and Mom still snoozin’ in bed and I headed to the metro. It didn’t seem too crowded when I got there. I talked with a girl while I waited about our Garmins (we had the same one). Remember “runner’s are friendly”. Then the metro arrived. It was packed! I squeezed my way on and got quite cozy with the other people on the metro. I ended up talking to a few people who were doing the half marathon but had done full marathons before. They gave me some tips, particularly not to go out too fast. After what felt like hours, we finally got to our stop! The metro station was mayhem.

After a while I finally made my way out of the station and headed for my corral. I was really concerned about making the time cut offs and I sneaked up to an earlier corral.

I was busy trying to text Vic the pictures of the subway (they weren’t going through probably because 24,000 people running the race were also trying to text/call/etc while waiting for the race to start) when a lady standing next to me said “oh wow!”. I looked up to see the sun rising.

I ended up chatting with a triathlete while we waited for the race to start. This was his first half marathon because he was hoping to see if he could possibly do a half ironman. Amazing. I noticed that most people were wearing shorts and tee shirts. Hmm…did they know something I didn’t know?! Soon enough, it was 8 o’clock. Annnnd, we were standing completely still. Almost 20 minutes later I finally crossed the start line.

Miles 1-5: I tried to start off nice and easy. I was feeling great. I didn’t feel like I was going too fast, and I took my planned walking break. Mile 2 I felt awesome. When it got to my planned walking break I was flying down a hill and decided it would be dumb to stop and walk on such an easy stretch. The next mile was the same. I felt great! Then I spotted Mom, Vic, and Jon. It was great seeing familiar faces, and I knew I just had a few more miles until I would see them again.

Sitting down with Starbucks...jerks.

After that I started taking my walking breaks each mile. They weren’t quite consistent because I would walk through water stations and then not take the breaks as planned. This really screwed up my rhythm. Before the race I wanted to make a point to enjoy the scenic part of course, we were running by all of the monuments. However, I barely even noticed them. Jon got a neat shot of the Capitol though!

I took my first Gu at mile 5. It was really hot out and I was already drenched in sweat. This made my Gu a little runnier than usual, but I kind of liked it like that!

Miles 6-12: A little after mile 6 there was a HUGE climb. I started to trudge up the giant hill but was killing myself so I just decided to walk instead. I was racing smart and trying not to burn myself out too early. I continued to feel awesome. This portion of the course was very hilly and I took it easy on the uphills and took advantage of the downhills. Crowd support was really great. There was lots of energy.

Around mile 7 I saw my fans again! 🙂 At mile 10 I took another Gu. I was being careful to only drink from my Camelbak when I needed Gu and to drink from the water stations in between. I was worried that I would run out of water by the end. At mile 12 we split off from the half marathon. As I turned right and the half marathon continued straight I realized there was no turning back! At this point the crowds completely died down. It was a like a ghost town on the course. I knew that the race was geared more towards the half marathoners, but I had no idea how difficult it would be without all the energy of the crowds.

Mile 13 – 15: I kept on running, but it was starting to get tough. My watch wasn’t synching up with the mile markers and it was really throwing me off. I was so, so hot. I couldn’t believe I was only just over half way done. I still had a very long way to go and I was starting to doubt if I could do it or not. Just before mile 15 I saw Mom, Vic, and Jon again. Vic said she was going to run with me for a bit. I took my third Gu of the race.

Mile 16 – 19: I felt terrible. Vic was helping me along and trying to give me pep talks. I couldn’t have done it without her (seriously, best sister EVER!), but I also wasn’t having any of it. What a role reversal! I don’t really remember these miles very well, I know I was wishing for death. I know everything hurt.

At one water station they were handing out cups of ice. It was glorious! For a minute anyway.

Just before mile 18 I decided I needed to go to the bathroom and stopped in a port-a-potty. If it had smelled better, I probably would have just stayed in there! 😛 After, I wanted to walk but Vic pushed me to run for another stretch. At mile 18.5 we saw Mom and Jon again and Vic said goodbye. Jon ran with me for about a half a mile in his jeans!

He grabbed a Twizzler from a spectator and gave me a bite but I spit it out because it hurt to chew. At mile 19 he said goodbye and I was on my own again. I got to a water station and walked while I drank my water/sucked on ice. This part was over a bridge and it was really pretty. I tried to tell myself I needed a game plan for the rest of the race (meaning when I would run and when I would walk), but I guess I got distracted at some point because I never ended up doing that. Every single person around me was walking too. Someone would start running and then a minute or two later I would pass them because they were walking. This was pretty much the pattern and I don’t think anyone was really passing anyone else. In a way it made me feel better that everyone else was struggling and it wasn’t just me. The heat was just so killer.

Mile 20-23: I took my 4th Gu at mile 20. These miles were hard. It was exciting because I was officially PDR-ing with every step. I also liked that with every mile, the finish line seemed so much more attainable. 6 miles, I can do that! 5 miles, no big deal! 4 miles, so close! However, those miles were ticking away very slowly. The 5:00 pace group passed me, and since they were a pace group they were going steady, not stopping and starting like the other runners. I was disappointed that I probably wouldn’t make my under 5 hour goal, but at the time I really didn’t care. I just wanted to finish. I walked for the entire mile 22. At mile 23 I took my phone out of my Camelbak to tell Vic that I had just 5k left. I also tried to run again, but my legs felt SO weird. They did not like the fact that I was trying to get them to run again.

Mile 24-26.2: It was another mile until my 5th planned Gu, and I was really dragging. So, at mile 24 I took a few Gu Chomps. They gave me the boost I needed and I was able to run for a bit. There were rolling hills at this point and I took my approach from earlier in the race with running down hill and walking up hill. It seemed to be working. At mile 25 I took a few more Gu Chomps instead of the gel. There was a giant down hill and I was really cruising. The sun was incredibly hot. The last stretch was down the highway and the sun was just beating down. It seemed like it would never end. At one point, I asked a spectator how much further until the finish. I knew how far I had to go, but I guess I thought by asking someone it would magically make it shorter?! Clearly I wasn’t thinking straight. Anyway, this guy didn’t speak English… I knew I had a just a mile left but I still couldn’t force myself to run. I finally got to mile 26 and I ran for the last .2 miles. I saw my fans again and pushed to the finish.

Then, just like that, I crossed the finish line.

I kept saying “oh my god” over and over again. I got my medal and headed into the finisher’s chute. Instead of the space blankets they gave us ice cold towels to wrap around our necks. Someone handed me a water bottle and I grabbed a second one (I got the stink eye for that, I was like oh please, I just ran 26.2 miles cut me a break!). Then someone else shoved a fist full of granola bars in my hands. I was so disoriented. I met up my family and friends and they tried to take pictures. I was clearly very happy about that.

We met up with a co worker and his wife who came to see me finish and then all walked to the metro. Even though I smelled really good, I wanted to shower immediately.

It was the most painful shower of my life. My back and sides and armpits were chaffed and the water burned so badly. I thought I was going to pass out! I have had some blisters on my feet throughout training and my socks were bloody but the blisters were totally gone, how weird! My feet were also really swollen! I didn’t think ahead and didn’t pack flip flops for after the race. I could barely fit my feet in my shoes! Then, Mom and Vic headed back up north and I went to lunch with my best friend and cousin Jon.

Post race thoughts: My Garmin said that I ran 26.44 miles, so the splits aren’t exact (i.e. the mile that I walked the whole time for is shorter than some of the other miles according to my Garmin). But here are the splits anyway:

Mile 1: 10:32
Mile 2: 9:43
Mile 3: 9:33
Mile 4: 10:25
Mile 5: 11:01
Mile 6: 10:31
Mile 7: 11:17
Mile 8: 10:53
Mile 9: 10:33
Mile 10: 10:18
Mile 11: 11:24
Mile 12: 11:18
Mile 13: 11:33
Mile 14: 11:41
Mile 15: 11:18
Mile 16: 14:02
Mile 17: 11:36
Mile 18: 13:47
Mile 19: 13:47
Mile 20: 14:04
Mile 21: 13:18
Mile 22: 13:46
Mile 23: 15:56
Mile 24: 14:30
Mile 25: 13:14
Mile 26: 11:52
.44 Miles: 5:54
Total 26.44 5:18:00

Obviously you can see my splits for the first half were much better than the second half. I had high hopes of keeping them slightly more consistent than these. I think I went out too fast, despite my efforts to take it slow at first. I also think the weather really killed my pace. It was about 40 degrees hotter than I was used to training in. It’s no surprise that my pace suffered because of it.

It’s also possible that I was under trained even though I know I really, really gave it my all both in training and during the race. I’m disappointed that I didn’t finish in the time I thought I could (between 4:40 and 5 hours), but I know this was still a huge accomplishment and I’m so glad that I did it!

Sunday I was very sore, even walking hurt. My abs were a little sore, and everything from the waist down hurt. The chaffing was a little better and it was starting to scab over. I went to get a massage and it felt amazing. It was the same masseuse I went to during training so he didn’t go to hard on me, otherwise I’m not sure a massage would have been the best idea considering how sore I was.

Today I took off work since I was away for most of the weekend and knew I would want to relax. My right quad is still very tight. I ended up walking around town a bit. One stop was to get new sneakers. I had to order them, but they should be here next week. In the afternoon I was tired of sitting around so I went to the gym and biked very, very lightly. It didn’t hurt, but I don’t think I can do much more than that for a few more days.

So will I be doing another marathon?

I don’t think so.

I’m glad I did it, but this was the most challenging thing I have ever done. When it was over my first thought was “why would ANYBODY do this?!” As much as I enjoyed long runs on the weekend, I don’t think a distance this long is really for me. Running for 5 hours is a LONG time! I think I will switch back to half marathons. That distance seems so much more reasonable now that I’ve done a full! I have a few half marathons on my radar, but I’m not sure if I will sign up for any of them. I have a ten miler in a month and a half and I think that is enough for now.

Thanks to all of my fans!!!!