Marathon #2 has been selected.
Can I get a drumroll please?
Kelsie Lou is Rockin’ the Lou this fall at the St.Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Thanks to my friend Karen, I have a new training group. She invited me to a group run last week for 10 miles at a 8:15 pace. I knew this would be a challenge because I trained last year at 9:15.
My introduction to the group started with 10 miles from the Highlands, along Main Street, crossing the Big Four Bridge to Indiana, and crossing back to KY along the 2nd Street Bridge. I managed to stick with the group thanks to Karen’s help.
We were supposed to run at an 8:15 pace, but I felt like I was in 5k mode when I saw 7:48 times beep on my Garmin. This group is fast! What could I expect running with a 24 time marathon and 50 mile ultra for a 50th birthday completor? There are Triple Crown winners and a few Boston completors in the mix too.
Week #2 was a route of 15 miles. Again, 8:15 was the goal. One guy took off and we never saw him again. He ran like he had a firecracker attached to his you know what.
This run was harder because we hit the hills of Cherokee Park and connected to Seneca Park. Tammy, the Ultra completor, is the GPS for the group. After we ran down Frankfort Ave, we pounded the Greenway Trail along the Ohio River. I was whooped! The scenery was new as we passed the UofL Rowing Team practice area and a Jug Band historical site.
I thought to myself how I needed some change to catch the Tarc back to my car. My Garmin battery went dead as we approached downtown. The Color
Walk Run was in full effect as we weaved through the city streets. I was in bad shape.
My saving grace was Tammy. She slowed down to run with me. It was a one sided conversation because all I could get out was “yeah” or “un huh.”
The other runners were in our sights but never easing up on pace going into the last few miles. Another thing that kept me motivated was relying on Tammy’s watch. There was no way I was putting in all this work with out an accurate record of my run.
The plan was 15 miles, but we reached our starting spot at 14.32. Her watch read 1:58. That was an 8:14 pace. We’re talking Boston Qualifying pace for my age group. My ultimate goal is to BQ in time for the 2016 Boston Marathon.
If I stick with the Not Quite Ready For Prime Time Runners my goal is in the palm of my hands, or should I say the soles of my feet.
Going back to the title of this post, when someone is willing to help, you don’t back down and quit. Tammy sacrificed her pace to encourage me. Karen was nice enough to include me on a plan which lead to her BQing after her first marathon in Chicago last year.
Giving up is an obstacle I sometimes face as a Teacher and Foster Parent. Help is abundant, yet some youth are unwilling to push for that extra edge that will later benefit them in life.
Karen and the rest of the group were waiting for everyone to finish. Tammy continued up the block to get in her full 15 miles. No, matter how tired I am, I will never shy away from a camera.
Check out this app Karen hipped me to called Fit Snap. Unfortunately, it’s only available for iphone users.
So, this is what my body is going to experience for 18 weeks of training starting soon. That’s another thing, this is all extra credit work. I still have a week or two to play with until the countdown to October 19th begins.
As long as I have that work/play balance this will be a successful 18 weeks.
12 hours after I ran by the KFC Yum! Center, I was showing off my gams at the Midwest Music Festival. I’m smiling through a drained blister on my right baby toe and light chaffing on my thighs from my running skirt.
Avant, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Babyface and Toni Braxton rocked the stage.
The concert was rather long. 7:30-1:30 a.m.?!?! I could have ran a marathon and recovered in that time. That’s how the mind of a passionate runner thinks!