Thursday, October 24, 2013

Columbus Marathon Recap

Sunday was the Columbus Marathon
The day I've been training and working so hard for has come and gone.


Wowza.

What a day.

It was exciting and awesome and terrible and excruciating and fantastic...not necessarily in that order and sometimes all at once.

Settle in, folks.  Mama has a story to tell....

I went to bed early on Saturday night.  Started the process at 8:30pm. 

Yes, bedtime is a process.  Oh!  I forgot to pack (insert item here).  Oh!  I should put a spoon in the baggie for breakfast tomorrow so I don't forget it.  Oh!  I should start the dishwasher.  There were about 15 other Oh!s before I finally got under the covers.

Lights out at 9pm.

I slept most of the night.
Alarm went off at 4:25am.  Not much different from a normal weekday morning...well, except that I had a marathon to run!

I quickly got dressed, applied my Nationwide Children's Hospital butterflies and Island Boost logo tattoos and I was ready to meet Laurie and Amy to drive downtown.


Powered by Island Boost
Island Boost is still raising funds for their new Chocolate flavor!
Laurie and Amy are both members of a local marathon training group that meets in a hotel near the starting line before the big races.  Since I planned to run with Laurie, we felt that it was best for me to stick with her all morning, even though I'm not a member of the training group, because we were pretty sure that we'd never find each other in the crowd if we arrived at the starting line separately.

I ate my breakfast of Greek yogurt and granola in the warm hotel before we all marched ourselves to the corrals.

It was really cold out before the sun came up.  Trash bags really help keep body heat in and cold wind out.  I was surprised how efficient this was.

Sexy in my trash bag and I know it.
Before we could get to the corrals, we had to go through security.

What?!

Yep.  Homeland security was checking every single person through a gated area and if the person didn't have a bib, they didn't get near the corrals.

Wow.

I have something to say about this.

Are you shocked?  I have something to say about everything.

Good for them.  Good for the Columbus Marathon, good for the Columbus Police Department, and HOORAY for everyone who was involved in keeping all of the runners and walkers safe.

I don't know that this had anything to do with security, but I've never seen more German Shepherds in one day, ever.

The corral was pretty full when we got there, but we managed to nestle ourselves among 10 thousand or so of our closest friends in Corral C.

We three in the front, Me, Amy and Laurie.  I love the excitement in our faces.
Picture taken and owned by Amy.
The first half of the race went really well. There wasn't a whole lot to think about. One foot in front of the other, the streets were crowded, so starting off too fast really wasn't an issue.  The crowd support was amazing.  People everywhere!  My friend Christa, one of my mom-friends, was at mile 2.  I saw her just as I was passing by.  She didn't see me in the crowd, but I know she was watching for me and that's what counts.

A few other friends, Anne, Kate and Andrea, were also somewhere around mile 2 but, with the crowd, I didn't see them at all.

Luckily, we come back on that same road, so I did get to see Anne, Kate and Andrea at mile 7.  We also saw friends from another running group at mile 9.  So many people out there yelling our names.  It's quite an experience.  I felt a little famous.

I stationed Randy and the Little Ladies at a playground park around mile 10.5.  It's great to see friends on the course, but my Little Ladies totally make my heart sing.

Miles 10.5.  Just caught sight of my babies.
We got to see Anne, Andrea and Kate again at mile 12.  They are rock-star spectators.

Just before mile 13, the half marathoners split off and head to the finish line and the marathoners keep running straight.  To my delight, more friends were right at the 13.1 timing pad.  I heard my name and looked up to see Erin and Sarah jumping, waving and screaming.  (It was Erin's wedding that we all went to a few weeks ago.)

Have I mentioned how awesome it is to have friends cheering along the course?

Randy told me that he would try to be on Lane Avenue (mile 16) but wasn't sure if he would be able to get there (road closures) or be able to park.  When I ran down Lane, I looked for him, he wasn't there, so I assumed he wasn't able and I'd see them at the finish.  I was a little bummed, but I was sure he tried and just couldn't make it happen.

At mile 17, we ran through Ohio Stadium.  When I came out of the stadium, I heard a familiar voice, "Look!  There's Mommy!"

And there they were.


After I high-fived all three of them and ran away, the gentleman in the red shirt in the picture said to me, "That must've been a nice pick-me-up."

Dude, you have no idea.

...well, yes, he probably does.

Laurie and I had gotten separated after mile 14, but at 18, when I stopped for a porta potty break, we were reunited.  Somewhere around mile 18, Laurie started feeling really sick.  She was really nauseous and felt like she was going to vomit.

Several months ago, when Laurie and I decided to run together for the marathon, we made rules.  Well, one rule: if one of us couldn't keep up, the other leaves her behind.

Not being able to keep up is one thing.  Sick is a whole other animal.  I quickly weighed my options:
  • stay with Laurie until she felt better and throw all goal times out the window,
  • leave Laurie behind and chase my time goal.  At this point I was looking at a 4:45ish finish time, a 15+ minute PR.
There will be other marathons.  Laurie cannot be replaced. 

I walked with her.  Had I left her, I would have done nothing but worry about her for the next 8 miles.  Of course, I've played this over and over in my head since and every time, I'd make the same choice.  I'd like to think that any of my friends would do the same for me.

Just before mile 20, we walked past one of my mom-friends, Melissa, from a playgroup the girls and I used to go to.  Her husband happens to be the orthopedic surgeon I saw when I tore my calf earlier this year.  It was super fun seeing them and their little ladies.

As we walked, Laurie ate a little bit of a granola bar and started to feel better around mile 20 so we got back to running.

I think it was around mile 22 when the fatigue started catching up to me.  I remember thinking, "This is really starting to suck."

At mile 23 there were angels with bowls of gummy bears and Skittles!  They also had oranges, bananas, pretzels and cookies, but I had no use for that stuff. Give me the candy!

We walked for a few minutes while we stuffed handfuls of food in our mouths, then we were off and running again.

Thank you, people at mile 23.  You're all going straight to Heaven.

Mile 24 was rough.  There was no more conversation between Laurie and I, it was all I could do to put one freaking foot in front of the other.  How I longed to sit down on the curb.

The spectators were fabulous.  "Keep going!  You look great!"

Liars.

I was hanging on to my sanity by a freaking thread.,  I did not look great.

But thank you for being out there and telling me that I did as I shuffled along.

By the time my watch hit 25, I was running.  And I wasn't stopping until I got to the freaking finish line.  Kate, Anne, Erin, Sarah and Andrea were waiting just past mile 25.5.  I told them I needed someone to talk to me.  Kate jumped in and ran with me for a few minutes, telling me about our friends who had already finished and their times.  It was really helpful.  That last three minutes would have felt like an hour without the distraction.

And then I was at mile 26.  Randy and the Little Ladies were just past the mile 26 flag yelling and cheering for me as I ran down the chute and crossed the finish line. 

Of a marathon. 

For the third time. 

Let me tell you, friends, that never gets old.

Mile twenty-freaking-six.
That poor chick in front of me looks exactly how I felt.
I knew as soon as I crossed the finish line that this was not my last marathon.  Heck, I knew at mile 18 that I'd do it again.

There's something magical about crossing the finish line of a marathon....it completely erases all of the pain that's felt in the previous 4 or 6 or 10 miles.  Until you stop, of course.  Then the pain comes right back.  But for a moment, everything is just.....awesome.

On my way out of the finishers area, I picked up the water, chocolate milk and snacks that were offered and went out to the Family Reunion area.  I dropped my medal off at the Finish Line Engravers tent, then went to find my family.

Ah, it felt good to be done.


Laurie and I
WE DID IT! (again!)
Here we are, 4 days later, my legs are feeling GREAT!  They were pretty sore for two days, duh, they ran 26 miles.  That shit doesn't tickle.  My knees and IT bands were not my friends for a couple of days, but they're coming around and starting to forgive me.  I can now climb and descend stairs at a normal pace without holding on to the railing or groaning like an elderly woman.  I think I just might have escaped Marathon Number Three uninjured!  WOOT!
 
My story is done, if you made it to end, thank you for reading.  I'll leave you with a fun picture of Ellie posing all badass-like using my Mylar blanket as a cape.  She cracks me up.

 
 
Official time: 5:3:11
43 seconds slower than my fastest marathon.  I'm nothing if not consistent, right?



Talk to me!
Have you ever run a marathon?
If yes, how many and which ones?
If no, what are you waiting for?!  No, seriously, what's holding you back?

Special thanks.....
To my awesome, supportive husband, who wakes up alone 6 days a week and spends his Saturday mornings making pancakes with the Little Ladies while I train.
To my Little Ladies, who love to cheer for every runner they see in a race or in our neighborhood.
To all of the spectators in Columbus, especially, Kate, Anne, Andrea, Sarah and Erin.  Y'all know how to make a girl feel special.
To Laurie, who is just crazy enough to wake up at an asshole time of the morning to train with a friend.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Faves: Human Edition (take 2)

Happy Friday!

In my Friday Faves posts, I usually tell you all about the "stuff" I'm loving.  I thought I'd mix things up a bit today and I'm going to tell you about a human I really like.

Of course my absolute favorite people in the entire world are my Little Ladies, but y'all hear (read) enough about them, so every once in a while, I'm going to tell you about bloggers I really enjoy following.

I hope that's not creepy.

Today's Friday Fave blogger is incredibly supportive and thought-provoking.

Carla from MizFitOnline
fila headshot 240x300 Meet MizFit/Contact
Photo borrowed from MizFitOnline with permission.
Carla blogs about fitness, parenting and every day life.  I love her writing style and more often than not, her messages resonate with me and help me in my every day life.

A few weeks ago, she wrote about choosing priorities.  This was exactly what I needed to read when I was struggling with having/making enough time for everything in my life.  It made me feel a little better about letting the blog go for a bit.

And then there was her Yes Day.  Carla said YES to her daughter all.day.long.  Half of me thinks it would be great fun to see what the Little Ladies choose to do all day....the other half of me is terrified of what they'd choose to do all day.

Carla encourages her readers to be better.  Better people, better parents, and better eaters.

Upon first glance, you might think that MizFit is a fun way to write "Ms. Fit", and it could be, but if you read Carla's posts (please read Carla's posts), you'll quickly learn that MizFit is a fun way to write "misfit".  Carla doesn't fit with any mold and she doesn't go with the crowd.  She behaves the way she does because it's what she feels is right and best for her.  Everyone could stand to take a lesson from her.

Possibly my favorite posts are the If We Had Coffee posts.  There are two: One, Two.
In the second coffee post, Carla talks about her kiddo (wearing a bee inspired outfit):
 "...Id share with you how the constant chatter can at times make me crazy—but I know if I dont STOP and listen to the small stuff….the bee stuff…she wont bring me the bigger, more scary ‘stuff’ down the road."
Exactly.

Miz and I could totally be BFFs. (because that's not creepy at all.)

If you haven't already, check Carla out!  You won't be disappointed!

Do you follow MizFitOnline?

Follow Carla
Disclaimer: I wasn't asked or paid to write about Carla.  This idea came out of my own brain.  All opinions are my own.
This post originally aired last Friday, but there was a snafu with the comments section so I'm re-posting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finish Line Engravers

FOUR  MORE  DAYS!

I'm not excited at all for the Columbus Marathon on Sunday.  I can't even type that with a straight face.

So far this week, I've checked the 10 day weather forecast no less than 847 times and the prediction keeps getting better!
As of Tuesday afternoon.
 
YES!
 
38 degrees at the start....we're going to freeze our bums off.
 
Which leads me to my next obsession for the week: race outfit.
 
 
My current plan is to wear capris with a tank and a long sleeved shirt over it plus gloves.  I have a few friends who are planning to "tailgate" at various points of the Columbus Marathon route plus Randy and the Little Ladies will be at mile 10 and the finish for sure and possibly at other points as well, we haven't worked out the details yet.  Regardless, I'll have people I can hand off my layers to when I feel the need to strip the long sleeves and gloves off.

I reserve the right to change my mind about the outfit 17 times between now and Sunday morning.

After a five hour tour of Columbus, I will be rewarded with a medal the size of my head.
 
 
It's hard to see with the glare, but at the bottom, the metal says, "It's kind of a big deal!"
 
Yes, yes it is.
 
This medal alone is really cool, but do you know what would be even cooler?  If my name and finish time could be engraved on the back of the medal for a reasonable price.
 
What's that you say?
 
My name and finish time CAN be engraved on the back for a reasonable price? 
 
No kidding!
 
Have you ever heard of Finish Line Engravers?  One of my fellow FitFluential and SweatPink Ambassadors, Kris, along with her husband, Aaron, own this race medal engraving business.  They show up to finish areas of many races to engrave medals for the participants.
 
What's even more awesome?  You can pre-order so you don't have to carry money with you while you race!  Sweet!
 
Wait.  How much does this fast and convenient service cost me?
 
Ten bucks.
 
For reals?
 
Yep.
 
(this is how a conversation goes down in my head)
 
Kris and Aaron will be at the Columbus Expo taking pre-orders or you can pre-register online.  I've met Kris and Aaron in person and they're both very nice people.  Don't be shy, stop by their booth at the expo and say hi! (And tell them Jamie says hi!)
 
Everyone who pre-registers (online or at the expo) will be entered into a drawing to win this medal hanger:
 
"Think Strong, Be Strong, FINISH STRONG"
This is pretty cool.  I wouldn't mind winning this.  I don't have a medal hanger.  All of my medals are folded up in a drawer.
 
As always, here's my disclaimer: In exchange for spreading the word about Finish Line Engravers, my Columbus Marathon medal will be engraved at no cost to me.  Again, as always, I wouldn't publicly recommend any service or product that I don't believe in and wouldn't spend my own money on. 
 
I love, love, love the idea of having finish times engraved on a medal.  As a matter of fact, I've written on the backs of my older medals with a Sharpie marker so I will remember my finish times.
 
If you'd like to learn more about Finish Line Engravers, visit them:
I'm excited to see my engraved medal after I finish in FOUR MORE DAYS!!!
 
Have you ever written your finish time on the back of a medal?


Monday, October 14, 2013

ONE More Week!

EEEEEK!  The Columbus Marathon is in one week!

Last Friday, one of the members of my Moms RUN This Town group said, "It's time to start stalking the weather forecast like a scary ex girlfriend."

I giggled out loud.  It's funny and completely accurate.



Currently, the forecast is high of 57, low of 41 and 40% chance of rain.  Perfect running temps, and no, I'm not concerned about the rain.  We still have a week for the weather to change its fickle mind.

Edited: the weather forecast has changed already.  Now there's only a 10% chance of rain.  Score!

I have a few outfit options lined up and will make the final decision Saturday before I go to bed.  To not sleep.  Instead I'll lay awake all night fearing that I'll be late to the starting line...or I'll forget to wear a sports bra...or the laces in my shoes will suddenly be missing...

Switching gears a little...I'm super, super excited to share with y'all what I got to do this past weekend.  (totally marathon-related)

Several weeks ago, Laura Mildon, the founder of Island Boost sent me an email asking if I'd be interested in testing a new Island Boost flavor for taste and performance.

YES!

If you'll think back a little, you might remember that I tested Island Boost back in July and I Loved.It.  It tasted great and it was kind to my belly.

Of course I want to try out the new flavor: CHOCOLATE!


Now, let me tell you, I wouldn't go near the chocolate flavored gels.  They don't even tempt me.  I imagine it would be like sucking frosting out of a package.  How my brother can sit down with a can of frosting and eat it with a spoon is beyond me.

I knew in my heart that the chocolate Island Boost would be nothing but fantastic.  Laura doesn't create crappy tasting products.  I have total faith in this company that they wouldn't try to market anything but the best.

So Saturday, I was running along, jamming to my music in the dark, I got to mile 6 when it was time for a sugar boost.  I tore open the package and took a small sip.

I stopped dead in my tracks and said, "Oh my God." 

Wow.  The taste...I can't even describe it to you.  It was amazing.  Hands down the BEST tasting fuel I've ever had.  Possibly the best tasting chocolate-anything I've ever had.  I walked slowly down the road, a dawdle, really, just enjoying every last drop that the package contained.  Wow.

Once again, the Island Boost didn't bother my stomach, I didn't expect it to.  I have one more package and I can't wait to use it at mile 6 of the marathon next week!

Since the recipe hasn't been patented yet, I'm sworn to secrecy about the ingredients (seriously, I signed a document promising that I wouldn't share the list of ingredients and I'm pretty sure it's punishable by death.  I won't chance it.)  I have seen the list of ingredients: it's a short list and I can pronounce everything on it.

Here is what I can tell you:
  • each packet contains 70 calories
  • as with the rest of the Island Boost flavors, the chocolate contains glucose, no artificial sweeteners
  • as with the rest of the Island Boost flavors, the chocolate contains coconut water for electrolytes
  • Laura tasted many, many different kinds of chocolate before finding the perfect flavor (it's a dirty job, but someone has to try the chocolate!  I wish I could have signed up for that job.)
  • the chocolate Island Boost contains premium vanilla.  Nope, it doesn't taste a thing like vanilla.  I think the purpose of the vanilla is to enhance the chocolate flavor, but I could be mistaken.
As you know, Island Boost is a small company.  An awesome one, but very small.  The cost of creating and mass-producing the chocolate Island Boost is huge.  You wouldn't even believe what goes into making a chocolate product.

I tell you, the huge cost is totally worth it, but Island Boost needs help.  They've set up this Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to get chocolate Island Boost out to the public.

Please watch this YouTube video and consider donating to the cause. (You must be viewing this post online, not in an email to see this video.)


The incentives are really good!  Please help if you can.

Have you ever tried Island Boost?
Do you like Chocolate gels? I haven't actually tried them, but the thought of them turns my stomach.  I promise, the chocolate Island Boost is nothing like that!

Island Boost asked me to help spread the word about the fund raising campaign and sent me samples of the chocolate Island Boost, for free, to test for taste and performance.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Faves: Human Edition

Happy Friday!

In my Friday Faves posts, I usually tell you all about the "stuff" I'm loving.  I thought I'd mix things up a bit today and I'm going to tell you about a human I really like.

Of course my absolute favorite people in the entire world are my Little Ladies, but y'all hear (read) enough about them, so every once in a while, I'm going to tell you about bloggers I really enjoy following.

I hope that's not creepy.

Today's Friday Fave blogger is incredibly supportive and thought-provoking.

Carla from MizFitOnline
fila headshot 240x300 Meet MizFit/Contact
Photo borrowed from MizFitOnline with permission.
Carla blogs about fitness, parenting and every day life.  I love her writing style and more often than not, her messages resonate with me and help me in my every day life.

A few weeks ago, she wrote about choosing priorities.  This was exactly what I needed to read when I was struggling with having/making enough time for everything in my life.  It made me feel a little better about letting the blog go for a bit.

And then there was her Yes Day.  Carla said YES to her daughter all.day.long.  Half of me thinks it would be great fun to see what the Little Ladies choose to do all day....the other half of me is terrified of what they'd choose to do all day.

Carla encourages her readers to be better.  Better people, better parents, and better eaters.

Upon first glance, you might think that MizFit is a fun way to write "Ms. Fit", and it could be, but if you read Carla's posts (please read Carla's posts), you'll quickly learn that MizFit is a fun way to write "misfit".  Carla doesn't fit with any mold and she doesn't go with the crowd.  She behaves the way she does because it's what she feels is right and best for her.  Everyone could stand to take a lesson from her.

Possibly my favorite posts are the If We Had Coffee posts.  There are two: One, Two.
In the second coffee post, Carla talks about her kiddo (wearing a bee inspired outfit):
 "...Id share with you how the constant chatter can at times make me crazy—but I know if I dont STOP and listen to the small stuff….the bee stuff…she wont bring me the bigger, more scary ‘stuff’ down the road."
Exactly.

Miz and I could totally be BFFs. (because that's not creepy at all.)

If you haven't already, check Carla out!  You won't be disappointed!

Do you follow MizFitOnline?

Follow Carla
Disclaimer: I wasn't asked or paid to write about Carla.  This idea came out of my own brain.  All opinions are my own.

Edited: the comments section seems to be on the fritz.  I'm working to remedy this catastrophe. ;-)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MyRaceRagz Review and Giveaway!

Several weeks ago, Jenny from Metamorfit was looking for a few bloggers to review shirts from MyRaceRagz.com.  Curious, I clicked the link and checked out their shirts.

MyRaceRagz is a create-your-own-running-shirt store!  How cool is that?!

The shirts are made with technical fabric so they're not just for show.  They're meant to be worn while running!

Disclaimer: I was given this shirt for free to review.  I was also given a promo code for a second free shirt to give away.  As always, all opinions are my own.

This is what I chose to put on the front of my shirt:

Photo taken from MyRaceRagz website

And this is on the back shoulder:

Heh, heh, heh
Photo taken from MyRaceRagz website
I was thrilled to be able to put a design on the front and the back.  I was a little concerned about the white shirt.  Would it be too thin?  Too see-through?

My shirt came in the mail exactly 10 days after I ordered it.  The first thing I noticed was how soft it was. 

Seriously.  I wanted to sleep in it.

When I tried it on, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't see-through.


And it was so, so comfy.

I have not tested it while running.  I chose a long sleeved shirt with hopes that fall was on its way.  It's been 80 degrees since the shirt arrived up until this week.  Furthermore, I've decided that I'm not going to wear it to run.  All of my running shirts stink. Really, they smell awful.  A base-line funk that I can't get out.  I don't want that to happen to this cute shirt, so I'm just going to wear it for fun. (Have I mentioned how comfy-soft it is?)

Want one of your own?  Here's your chance to win one for FREE!!!  (Yes, it's my favorite price, too!)

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Good luck, y'all!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Taper Time!

Whew!  It's been a while.  I've missed the ol' bloggity-blog, but I have lots of reasons for staying away.

Excuses.  But good ones.

Our household has been crazy-busy and something needed to give.  The beginning of the school year has been a transition that has kept me the busiest.  My usual blogging time, 6-7am, was now taken up with getting Ellie up and ready for school and making her lunches.

Aleena had a bit of trouble with Ellie starting school.  She just wasn't sure what to do with herself and became really needy.  Clingy.  No blogging for Mommy.

Two weeks later, the preschool year started and her independent behavior was back.  By then, our house had practically fallen apart.  I'd neglected housework to hang out with Aleena, do home work with Ellie, do some yoga for my tight, tired muscles.  Plus Dance classes started for Aleena and Ellie is playing soccer again, which takes up 2 evenings during the week plus Saturday mornings.

I've been busy and the blog has, unfortunately, found itself on the bottom of the priority pile.

Priority #1 - keep children alive
Priority #2 - don't live in a shithole (which helps with #3)
Priority #3 - maintain marital bliss
Priority #4 - train for a freaking marathon
Priority #5 - get some sleep (which contradicts #3 and #4)

These 5 things were completely filling my day, which begins at 4:30am and usually ends around 10pm.  I've been totally sucking at Priority #5, but things are settling down now.  Fingers crossed.

Now, the house is back to its lived-in-not-spotless, clean-ish, status and we're all getting the hang of completing homework while working around Aleena's dance classes and Ellie's soccer practices and games.

I'm still not sure when I'll blog, but hopefully it will be more regular than once every 3 weeks.

In other news, it's TAPER TIME!  The Columbus Marathon is in 2 weeks and weekly mileage is winding down.  My legs had some trouble with the hefty mileage this time around (yoga has saved my ass) so I'm thankful to be tapering.  The aches and pains are already fading...just in time for me to bring them back with 26.2.

These past several weeks, I've been meeting Laurie at least one morning a week for our mid-long runs, usually between 6 and 10 miles on a weekday.  I still have to be home by 6am, so I won't even tell you what time we start.

Laurie and I like to take a picture when we finish.

Every time.

9/3/13, 6mi

9/10/13, 8mi

9/17/13, 5mi
Laurie had been getting comments to the effect that we were way too happy for that time of the morning.  So we tried something new:
9/25/13, 10mi
 We were told to bring back the happy faces.

10/2/13, 6mi
That mad-face picture was just to mix things up. We weren't really mad.  Actually, we were ecstatic that morning.  We'd just finished 10 miles on a Wednesday morning.  When we stopped, we both remarked how easy it felt.  Had someone told me three years ago that I'd run 10 miles and it would feel easy, I'd have laughed in their face.

10 miles: it ain't no big thang. 

Psh...

Jen and I after our 20 mile run
On Saturday, September 28, I had 20 miles on my schedule.  Naturally, this was the weekend that Randy planed a camping trip with his buddies.  Luckily, my in-laws were available to come visit for the weekend and care for the Little Ladies while I ran...and napped.

This was the morning of the rotating running buddies.  Jen and I started the run with Sarah and Erin.  Erin, who was planning a wedding and isn't training for anything, didn't want the high mileage so she headed back to the car at mile 5ish.  We picked up Sheila at mile 12, Sarah, who is training for a different marathon, finished with 18 miles and Sheila left Jen and I at mile 19.

Speaking of Erin's wedding, she got hitched this past Saturday.  We managed to steal her away from her new husband long enough to snap a Saturday morning Running Buddies picture.
Sarah, Kate, Anne, Erin, me and Angie
(I think the picture belongs to Kate)
Beautiful bride, fun party, delicious cosmos....

Hell-O Taper!

Do you enjoy your tapers?  Usually not, but this time, I really feel like it's needed.
I've missed my bloggy friends, tell me what I've been missing.  What's going on with you?