Yesterday I ran my first marathon… relay. It was a lot of fun! Despite the constant rain all morning, my two girlfriends and I enjoyed ourselves out on the course — running from the Shasta Dam and finishing on the Sundial Bridge at The Redding Marathon.
I ran the final leg, from mile 19 to mile 26.2. My section of the course was relatively flat – making a loop around part of the Sacramento River – but the baby rolling hills definitely got me. I should have known, considering I hardly trained for this event.
I started off a bit too fast, I suppose, since my splits crawled up from a 7:20 pace to an 8-minute per mile pace. I hadn’t planned to race this event, anyway, since my training efforts were measly; my longest training run was a flat, slow 9 miles. I finished the 7.2 miles under one hour, with an average 7:59 pace. I ran without any music. A pathetic excuse it is, but I am guessing some tunes would have shaved a few seconds off my pace.
Our total marathon time was 3:41:23 [8:27 average] — not too shabby for our first “marathon”!
Workouts | Week of January 12
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 60 min. gentle yoga class + Dumbbell Superset Workout (4 sets each, 10-15lb.) + 5 x 60 sec. plank
Wednesday – WREC play date:
- 1 mile indoor track run
- Lovely Legs Lunge Workout (only 5 rounds with 15lb. dumbbells)
- (3x) 10 sumo squats @ 35lb. / 10 windmills (each side) @ 15lb. / 10 swings @ 35lb.
- 12 minutes treadmill intervals (1.5 miles)
- 6 minutes step machine
- 30 ab chair crunches / 20 assisted pull-ups / 10 squats @ 40lb.
Thursday – Rest
Saturday – easy 3 mile run
Sunday – Redding Marathon Relay [7.2 miles // 7:59 avg. pace]
Have you ever ran a race/marathon in the rain?
Do you listen to music while racing?