On the 18th, I ran in the Flying Monkey Marathon here in Nashville at Percy Warner Park for the third year in a row.
I haven't really trained for a marathon, so running this race was sort of foolish... but you run this race because you love running, so I figured I could eek it out and have some fun.
It was pretty cold in the morning before the race, but it promised to be a gorgeous day as the temps rose a bit. It was fun catching up with friends and hanging out before the race.
I love that there are a ton of Marathon Maniacs at this race. It's always fun to take a group picture.
I knew that I needed to take it pretty easy if I wanted to do this race. I seriously have not run more than 13 miles as a long run this entire calendar year.
My friend Liz and I started the race together and got to chat and catch up. We walked up the big hills and otherwise kept a steady pace. Our friend Amy hopped in with us for a few miles early in the race, and it was super awesome to have her company for a bit. A little later, Liz's boyfriend joined us for a few miles.
Liz and I stayed together until about mile 15 when I told her to take off. I knew she was in much better shape than me! I managed to run a lot until mile 20 when I started doing more of a run/walk... I definitely didn't run up any hills!
I chatted with folks and enjoyed the beautiful day as I took it easy and pushed toward the finish.
Before long, I was done and had completed the race in 4:52:23 - a couple of minutes faster than when I ran it last year in the pouring rain!
I had some chocolate milk and socialized with a few friends who were at the finish.
I also got a 10 minute massage - I think this made a huge difference in keeping me from being too sore.
I went home and napped before we joined a bunch of other runners for pizza and beer at Mafiaoza's that night.
I definitely enjoy this race, but I'm not so sure I'll run it again. It is definitely tough, but then again... I did sore of go out there and run it with very little training.
I was pretty sore on Monday, but by Tuesday I felt good to go!