It was an amazing weekend for two athletes: Melissa in the Houston Marathon and David in the Disney Marathon. I decided to try live blogging, and for the most part it worked, so I was happy about that for future long races…You can see that post below.
Melissa and David are both running marathons this morning. David is on the east coast at the Disney Marathon and Melissa is in Texas, running the streets of the Chevron Houston Marathon. While they probably won’t start at the same time (due to time zone differences), I’m going to try to live blog their streaming…
Melissa wrote to me and said “I felt good throughout most of the race. Official time is 4:41:12, or 10:43/mi. (Due to the tangents, my Garmin showed 26.43m for a 10:38/mi pace.)Based on how I felt at the finish, and how I feel now, I think I could have pushed it a bit more (since I’m handling stairs just fine), but I’m glad I didn’t break down and quit, hit the wall, or have an awful experience. I know my (and our!) main goal was to get me to the start line feeling healthy and get me across the finish line, and we did that – yay!”
Phew. Marathon Number One is done. 4:41:12. The day started out really wet and chilly and it poured for the first five miles or so. Early on, I found the 4:45 pace group and figured I’d hold on to them for as long as I could.
David had a great morning too. This is what David had to say: “It was a hot day. Had it been a little cooler, I believe I could have maintained a 12:30 pace. I had energy after the marathon.While I didn’t have the long miles going into this marathon that I did for Chicago, I felt stronger and, in some ways, more prepared. I believe that comes from your advice prior to the race.
I’m confident you will be the reason I am going to see huge improvements this year. ”
This is a long one. Now let’s all get it out of the way, “that’s what she said”. The Disney recap is after the break. A short note:Thanks to John and The Mean One, I realized I’ve now done two marathons in 3 months. Wow, its hard to believe.