Cupcake Marathon Recap!

Friend and fellow blogger, Jason, came up with the most brilliant idea... a virtual Cupcake Marathon.  You had 2 weeks to get in your mileage (did not have to be all at once), and you could pick the half marathon or full marathon distance.  Not one to back down from a challenge, and always one to take on a race (and uh, especially one that has cupcakes for prizes) I was all in.  I chose the full marathon distance, and in line with my already planned training, I chose to complete the marathon in two runs... 8.2 miles on Thursday and 18 miles on Saturday. 

On Tuesday of last week, I woke up with an awful headcold.  Being the stubborn person I am, I just kept to my running plan.  I discovered that running did not make me feel better, but it didn't make me feel worse either.  So I loaded up on the water and got some tissues, and did the miles.  Thursday was the planned part 1 of 2 for the Cupcake Marathon.  It was done on the lovely gym treadmill.  I still wasn't feeling well, but sweat through all 8.2 miles in 90 minutes.  So I kept to my typical, consistent training pace of 11 minutes/mile.

I am in a veggie co-op, and it was my turn to shop for the group on Saturday.  So I got up at 4:45 am to get to the Dallas Farmer's market.  By time I shopped for the veggies and got home and sorted with my veggie partner, it was about 7:30am.  So I changed into running clothes and was out the door by 7:45am to head to the lake. 

This run served as a reminder that you need to prep for a long run just like you would for a race.  I take better care of myself in prepping for 13.1 miles than I did in prepping for this 18 mile run.  I didn't get in enough carbs, I didn't lower my fat, and I was borderline dehydrated (helped by the fact that I had been sick all week).  Regardless, I was going to get my miles in!

I ran the first lap with my friend, Emily.  She needed to get in 9 miles for her upcoming half marathon.  It's about 9 miles around the lake, so she was going to make the first loop with me and then head home.  I knew it would be a long hard day coming off an illness and considering the warm weather and wind, yet again.  I was perfectly happy going a little easy the first loop, so that's what we did. 

As usual, I stopped after loop 1 to go to my van and gulp some Gatorade.  Yummy.  As I was gulping, I see a gold van pull up... Hmmmm, I know that van.  I peeked around the corner and saw Robin!  I couldn't believe it.  What are the chances that Robin would show up right then while I was stopped between loops?  Of course, we headed out together (Robin is amazing to always be willing to slow down for me).  We headed out a little hard.  I had been running slower, so I felt good, but the reality is that I still had 9 miles already on my legs.  After about 3 miles, I started to really feel the difference in pace.  After about 5 miles (14 miles total), I started to really hurt (and my sinuses were still really hurting me).  I asked Robin to go on, and I decided to take a walk break.  I hated to have to do it, but it turned out to be a good decision.  After about 1/2 mile of walking, I went back to running.  And wow, I still had it left in my legs.  I had no issue pushing out the last 3.5 miles, and actually ended up running them faster than I had ran the previous miles.  No clue where that came from, but it was done... 18 miles.

And the Cupcake Marathon is complete!!!  I wasn't really going for time, but the total was 5 hrs and 8 min.  Can I consider that a 4 minute PR?  OK, maybe it doesn't count. 

Now, Jason?  Show me the CUPCAKES!!!