There were 27 official entries, 26 blog posts and one e-mail that I did receive stating that they were a follower. Not sure if they meant that they were a follower of my blog, or of my Facebook Fanpage, but both count :)
November 13th and the Soldier Marathon is just around the corner and I have run the last of my 20 milers. It is all down hill from here. It is amazing the journey that I have been on these past few months. I have had ups and downs along the way. Times when I thought I was going to be able to crush the 4 hour barrier and other times when I was wondering if I was going to even make the starting line. It was only just a month ago when I injured my calf and was wondering if I would be able to recover in time to run the marathon, much less the half marathon in the 13.1 Marathon series when it came to Atlanta.
The course is a two loop course and is laid out pretty good, especially for the spectators. We are able to watch the runners at multiple locations, especially if we want to do some running ourselves. The starting was laid out a bit wrong this year and it ended up putting a protruding manhole directly in the path of some of the runners at the start. Of course one of the lucky teams was Brookwood.
This morning was going to be a little bit different than most morning runs for me. I dropped my daughter Payton off at school for Cross Country practice this morning at 5:40 and just headed to work to run there since I needed to get 10 miles in and didn't want to break the run into two 5 mile runs like I did last week.
I know when you think of 26.2 Quest you think of running. You think about reading long wordy blog posts with a few wisely chosen pictures interspersed, but mostly you just think about me :) OK, maybe not. I do know you come by to read about running. Today you may have stopped by to read about my daughter's latest achievements, but the day before you probably came by to read about how bad my latest long run went. Well, today we are going to jump off of the running bandwagon briefly to give you all a chance to win something. Don't worry, there is a running twist to it so don't think you are going to get off that easy.
Three weeks ago I ran my first 19 miler of this marathon training schedule. It was a challenge, but I don't remember thinking that I wouldn't make it (maybe I have already forgotten) During that run around 13 miles I started to feel a tightness in my left calf. I continued my run paying close attention to make sure it didn't get any worse. It turned out to be the wrong decision and I should have quit at the first sign of something not being right. (you can read more about it here) After all was said and done I ended up with two weeks of a lot of rest...... right in the middle of marathon training! Not only was it right in the middle of marathon training, but was the two weeks around what was supposed to be my first 20 mile run, as well as the two weeks leading up to my mid-training half marathon race, the 13.1 Atlanta.
This past Saturday my daughter's both ran in the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC just outside of Raleigh. This was a very competitive meet, so much so that the winner of the boys and girls races both set new course records at 15:00 flat for the boys, and Aisling Cuffe won the girls race setting a new course record of 16:40 and was almost a full minute in front of #2.
The morning started early, as most race mornings do, and we hit the road at 5:30 to make the trip down I85, over to Peachtree Road, and into the closest parking place we could find near Oglethorpe University. I rode down with my neighbors who were also running the race. The morning was very cool at 55 degrees, which felt even colder in Atlanta with the wind that didn't seem to let up all morning.