Total Miles: 56
So it's been a while, again. I will try and update more often. My apologies.
Anywho...I am still hard at it. Dan and I spent most every day last week in the gym. We have added strength training to our workouts. We now spend a solid half hour lifting weights before we make our way to the elliptical and cap the night off with a visit to the sauna. I'm not a huge fan of it, but I think its time I tuff it out and become a regular on that side of the gym. I don't know how beneficial any of that is to marathon training, but with the weather like it is, it's the best I can do.
Today, I took part in my first race, The Route 66 Quarter Marathon here in Tulsa. I had to walk 1.5 miles from my house because all of the roads near my house were closed for the marathon. It was a really decent crowd I thought. Not sure how many entered, but it had to have been a couple thousand.
I was in the quarter marathon crowd for 6.5ish miles. The race mostly took place in my normal running turf down by the river, but was noticeably further. Around mile 5, I was defiantly feeling it. To be honest, I was impressed with myself. I had never run more than 3 miles without stopping prior to today, and managed to do the entire race slowing only for a drink a couple of times.
Unfortunately, no one told me that I had to zip tie the little RFID card to my shoe in order for it to read your time, so I am unsure of exactly how long it took me to finish. I’m pretty sure that the clock read 1:11 as I made the final push to the finish line. Sub 11 minute miles are nothing to write home about for many of the people out there, but I felt like I have come a long way. Two months ago, running this race would have been impossible. I cant see this being my final Tulsa run.