I put in all the hard work, but two weeks ago I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to run this race. I couldn’t even walk without pain. I took two weeks off of running and managed to do two runs this week without pain, so I decided to go for it. My plan was to start off with friends and then hang back for a 4:15-4:30 finishing time. I was also planning on meeting my dad at mile 25 and running in with him. I registered him for the race, but with all the treatment he underwent for lymphoma, he was not able to run it. He ran the first mile and a half and the last .7 and I’m so proud of him!
It was a chilly start. Perfect marathon weather.
We had t-shirts made in honor of Anne’s birthday:
I didn’t find Anne, but I saw Susan, Lauren and Patty and squeezed into the crowd just as the national anthem was being sung. The race started and we crossed the finish line about a minute later. We ran a pretty consistent first half. I didn’t wear a watch, so I was just enjoying being out there. The only discouraging moment was when we passed the 17 mile marker…for the second time. I think mile 16 was mistakenly labeled mile 17. This was my most consistent race. Up until mile 20, I was on pace for 4 hours. I didn’t have any mental breakdowns like in Illinois and while my legs were tired, I felt strong the whole way through. I met my dad at mile 25.5 and we jogged and walked in, which added some time, but was the best part of the race. My final time was 4:06. 10 minutes slower than Illinois, but I felt 100 times better at the end.
I saw my parents and H just before Mile 20 (I’m in the back there with the blue shirt)
Crossing the finish line with my dad
Anne setting a birthday PR. She finished in 3:51 and qualified for Boston
The race t-shirt. Not crazy about the color, but the fit is good.
Post run pizza at The Classic Slice. So good! I ordered the Mediterranean (olive tapanade, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and vegan sausage). The slices are ginormous! It was the perfect post-race meal though and a good find. If you go to Milwaukee, you need to check this place out. It does offer vegan cheese, but I prefer cheeseless to soy cheese. The sausage was great!