Happy Juice, Irving Marathon and Weekend Recap.

Well hello Monday! Yes…I have to say it is an excellent day for some happy juice aka COFFEE. Hey, it’s my birthday month and Starbucks is a great gift. Am I right?! Just saying if you were wondering what to get me, now you know.

Oh yes…and it is MARATHON Monday! Who all will be watching the Boston Marathon today? *raises hand* Yes, I definitely will be. Um, I kind of wish we all lived in Boston and had the day off of work. Oh wouldn’t that be nice?

In honor of this special day and while we sip on a little coffee, let’s recap this past weekend! I had the opportunity to pace the Irving Marathon, basically in my own backyard! This was my 19th 26.2 and what a great day it was. Although I have been a pacer 3 times before this was my first time pacing the full gusto. So, I was a tad nervous but overall pretty confident I could complete the task and ready to run with a bunch of awesome folks!

Here are just some of the pacers. There was a half marathon as well and a lot of folks in my running club paced the 13.1.

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We lined up to the start, ready to go. I had a 4:15 gal in front of me and a 4:45 lady behind me so that was a nice gage too, to make sure I was staying on pace and on track.

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The course itself is mostly flat, with just a couple of slight inclines…and 2 loops of roughly 13.1 miles. So we got to run with the half marathoners (who started 10 minutes after us) for a lot of the way and then we began our second loop out! We got real lucky because the weather was cool and breezy in the morning, kind of humid but cloud cover the entire way. The sun did come out towards the very end and I started feeling it around mile 18 or so. I held a really consistent pace a majority of the way and got to run with a bunch of fun people. There were a lot of first time marathoners running, and even 1 gal I ran with that was using the marathon as her training run for her 9th ULTRA in South Africa!

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Another dude was qualifying to join the rankings of the Marathon Maniacs…and of course it’s always fun to see someone jump on board the insane asylum with me! I was so excited to be there to see these folks hit new PRs and achieve their goals.

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I was nervous about hitting that 4:30 finish (especially since I was pacing solo) but in the end I NAILED it and came in right on target! What an exhilarating feeling that was. Overall I really enjoyed being a pacer for this race. And I was so thankful to have my Irving Running Club crew there with me! They are basically the best cheerleaders, crowd support and runners in the land.

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And really the cherry on top of the sundae was the post marathon recovery wine on my patio. Breezy beautiful day sipping on a little vino.

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I went on a little Sunday afternoon stroll…so happy to be recovering and hoping to get some decent running in this week! On to the next.

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How was your weekend? Did you race or run long? Tell me about it!

32 thoughts on “Happy Juice, Irving Marathon and Weekend Recap.

  1. First of all – girl you cray. I’m always FLOORED that people can be pacers. I have no idea how you manage to run at a consistent pace throughout the entire 26.2 miles. Well done!

    My weekend was awesome, though filled with a lot less running. We headed to Chicago to celebrate a couple of birthdays and my Bridal Shower. I’m still definitely in the middle of coming down from the excitement of the weekend, as well as chugging tea to counteract the amount of celebratory champagne that was consumed, ha!

    So glad you had such a fun weekend!
    XO, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

  2. Way to go girl!!! That is awesome! I am steaming Boston while i’m at work this morning! Love it!! I mean I agree it should be a holiday or something, at least for us runners! Glad you did well this weekend its always a great feeling and that’s impressive you’re a pacer!! Happy Monday!

  3. Great work in the pacing! I’d be so worried about being on pace for the others, because my pace is usually all over the place for a full.
    Sounds like a great weekend (and yes, I wish I could be in Boston today!)
    I ran a good 11 miler, nothing fancy and looking to build the mileage again.
    Have a great Monday!

    • It definitely wasn’t easy but for some reason I just put my beast mode on when people are depending on me! You really are a moving clock so it’s a lot of math and thinking while you’re running. I kind of wish I could get paid to be a pacer…it’s my special gift! haha. Enjoy your day as well!

  4. Wow! I’m always impressed by pacers. Well done! My longest run so far was Beast Spartan Race, which was about 24 km in the mountains, but then I wasn’t running all the way. Right now I’m training for a half, so we’ll see how it goes. And then one day I’ll run a full marathon!

  5. Awesome job pacing the full Chelsea! and you totally nailed it coming in right on the mark…congrats on your 19th marathon and doing such a great job – i would be so nervous as i am all over the place, especially in the last 5 miles. As you know, I ran the Salt Lake marathon this weekend and did ok, recording my 3rd best marathon time of 4:15 on a pretty tough course. But, I was so grateful for the 4:15 pacers…I caught on with them around mile 21 or so and ran a solid 3 miles or so with them that really helped me get through that tough spot. They finished slightly ahead of me as I fell behind after one of the last aid stations, but thanks to them I was able to hold on for the 4:15 finish. This was my first step in trying to join you Maniacs this year 🙂

  6. I’m training for my first full marathon, the Manitoba Marathon. I ran my second 16 mile run today. It was pretty cold and wet, and even rained on my for the last 2.5 miles. But it went better than my first 16 miler. Still pretty intimidated thinking about the full.

  7. Awesome job on the marathon and especially the pacing! You nailed it! Super impressed over here – I mean, I usually am by you, but pacing is a lot of pressure and you rocked it.

  8. Congrats on a great marathon!! Amazing that you’ve run 19 now!!! Sounds like a nice course and you lucked out on the weather. Different from Boston with a 70 degree start! More to come on that. Great job!!!!

  9. I was in Boston at the marathon! (spectating for my sis and a few friends)
    I ran the BAA 5K on Saturday which is a great race for the non-marathoners such as myself. The Boston Marathon is truly amazing. Anyone who runs a marathon amazes me. Kudos to 19!

  10. Congrats on a successful weekend, #19 and coming in on pace!! I’ve thought about the Marathon Maniacs, but I’m comfortable as a Fanatic for the time being!!

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