Pictured above, Rob and James, sporting our Kick it for Kevin wrist bands. Seeing as we’re running the Boston Marathon with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, it only made sense to represent our coworker on one of our last training races of the year. Kevin – we’re thinking about you!
From there, we’ll go to an unfortunate race-time injury. V had to pull up at about 4 miles. She made the right decision to stop, and I walked with her for about 2.5 miles to get her back to the start (the race covered the same ground twice). You can see the walk break in the pace chart below:
Want more stats? My stats now have statistics! Here’s a link to all the geeky details. How many milliseconds does your foot stay in contact with the ground before you pick it up again? Do you care? Should anyone?
After that, I still had a rough race. When I started to run again, I had become very cold. The brief drops in my speed at about mile 8.5 and 10 showed me walking after water stops. The last dip in pace, at about mile 13, was me pulling up with a big knot in my left calf. I gave it a very quick stretch, then gave a few hops and skips as I headed for the finish. Claire says this image epitomizes the race… I’m cold, I finished, but you can see from my posture that it was a rough morning.
Still, once I warmed up, I felt better. I think that shows in the first picture with Rob. We did it! Not in record time, but it was certainly my most challenging race to date, and I felt good for having finished it on a day when more than 15% of the registered participants chose to stay home.
Speaking of which, that night, I had to carb out.
Yes, that’s a pasta calzone. Pizza dough with tortellini, smothered in a meat sauce with onions, black olives, and mushrooms, followed by black pepper and cheese.
The things we do to support our efforts to end blood cancers!