Wow, has it been awhile since I posted in this blog (not that anyone reads it anyways :P). Well, here is an update on my running adventures since my first ultra debut back in November!
I raced my first road marathon as an “Elite” in March! Me being the running nerd I am, scheduled it for my senior year “spring break…” AKA: I chose running over drinking, dancing, tanning, and getting into countless shenanigans with my friends at some beach house they had rented.. My friends still don’t quite understand my priorities.. neither do I.
The weekend was really fun, riding around VA with my three good friends and my cousin. The Shamrock Marathon staff was incredible and had a pretty tasty selection of food the night before for all of the elite runners. The pasta was out in less than 2 minutes, you should see some of these skinny people eat, holy cow (literally).
Race morning came around and it was around 40 degrees at the start, and VERY windy. The start was exciting, being up front with all of the speed demons. So exciting that I ran my first mile in 5:55. That was too fast. I am not a speed demon. Then for the first half of the race it was easy to average a slightly faster than goal pace. Not too many chit chatters near the front of the pack, so I was rather lonely. But coming through the half way point I got to see all of my screaming friends, and I felt pretty good. I wish I could say the same for the second half.
Coming from State College, PA, this was one of the most deceptively windy races I have ever ran. I found some fellow ultra runners around mile 15 and the banter with them made the wind not so bad from miles 15-20. However, eventually they went ahead a little way and eventually I was relatively alone again. I would be running and admiring the beautiful beach scenery and then WHAM, a pace slowing, slap in the face head wind would attack, needless to say, it became extremely annoying around miles 20-22. However, as with all races, nothing is perfect, and I still managed a 3:03, a tad slower than I had hoped, but I was happy with it regardless. Stopping after the finish line was definitely the worst part, I was gimping around to all of the “free food, drinks, gear” tables, and snagged three bananas and gave some “gluten-filled” goodies to my friends. I am never too hungry after a long run. My friend was scolding me to atleast eat one of the many bananas I had smuggled:P.
All in all, the Shamrock Marathon was great fun, a very wise choice for my Spring break outing, and a race I wouldn’t mind returning to next year! AKA to me: Race chat, fellow running enthusiasts, and early nights in > a week filled of craziness with my friends on Spring break. I am not sure any mathematician would agree with that statement..
Till next time, Happy Trails :)