I am joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin. The Weekly Wrap is a blog link up where bloggers share their active lifestyle and other exciting things weekly. To find out more, click on the image below. Feel free to join in on the fun.
I've used Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Marathon training plan for my second marathon at St.Jude Memphis Marathon. I've recapped my training here in the Weekly Wrap. Race week has finally arrived! Here's how it went.
Monday, November 30th
Monday was a scheduled rest day for running. It was nice to get back in a routine at school after having the week off for Thanksgiving. It was a busy day and I was exhausted when I got home.
Tuesday, December 1st
I had a few short, easy runs on my plan for this week. I ran two miles easy on Tuesday morning.
Wednesday, December 2nd
I don't know about you, but I obsess over the weather before a big race. I stalked Memphis weather as early as two weeks out. I checked it several times a day. I was so preoccupied with Memphis weather that I didn't realize it was supposed to rain Tuesday night and most of the day Wednesday. I had a wet two mile run on Wednesday morning.
Thursday, December 3rd
I ran another two miles at an easy pace on Thursday morning. I stayed late after school to finish planning for my sub on Friday. Later that evening, I packed my things for Memphis.
Friday, December 4th
Mom and Dad picked me up at 8:30 to head to Memphis. Michael stayed home this trip, but I knew he would track me on race day. We made two quick stops on the way and arrived in Memphis at 2:30. Our room wasn't ready for check in, so we walked around downtown. We didn't want to go to the packet pick-up until later because we had tickets for the pasta party at 6:00. We were finally able to check in after 4:00. Then, we walked a few blocks to the Cook Convention Center for packet pick up, the expo, and the pasta party. More details and pictures to come in my full recap later this week.
Saturday, December 5th
Mom and I had a great time at the race. Mom ran the half and took it easy since she missed a lot of valuable training time due to injury. She took a lot of good pictures on the course for me to share in my race recap. I didn't meet my 4:40 time goal that I was hoping for, but I did manage an 8 minute PR since my first full at St.Jude a year ago. The course seemed tougher on the back route and my pace slowed significantly in the final 10K. Look for more race details and pictures to come in the week ahead.
Mom and I got a couple of post race photos. Then, we went to the VIP Heroes Lounge to grab a plate of food to take back with us to the room. We went back to the room, ate our food, and showered just in time to catch kick-off for the SEC Championship game. Bama is headed to the playoffs again this year. ROLL TIDE! After the game, we went to the Flying Fish for supper.
Sunday, December 6th
We got up incredibly early and hit the road by 6:00. We stopped in Olive Branch to eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We made two more stops, one for gas, and one for lunch at Milo's less than an hour from home. We got home around 12:30. I got unpacked. Then, I took Allie for a short walk. I thought that might help loosen up my legs some after riding in the car all morning. After our walk, I napped for almost two hours. I got all the laundry caught up later this evening.
Are you completely exhausted after a big race? What do you do to recover in the days following a big race?
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