And just that like, the Air Force Marathon training cycle is officially done! It’s been 12 weeks and 378 miles of ‘fun’. It’s certainly been an interesting training cycle and probably the highest mileage average per week for a cycle. Everything ended with this past Saturday’s race. If you follow me on any of my social media, you’ll probably already know the race did not go as expected, but more on that a little further down.
Quickly though, I will recap my last 9 miles of the training cycle. I was traveling for work in Philadelphia but staying in NJ so all 9 miles were done there. The hotel I stay at backs up to a great area to run that provides a few options for routes. This way I knew I wouldn’t be running the same route all week. As you can see my splits were pretty speedy for my as well. I certainly wasn’t going for those splits, they just sort of happened. It’s nice when speed just comes out of no where. Overall they were some great last runs. On my 4 miler I actually headed into Haddonfield and found a new little trail for future runs.
Tuesday: 3 miles, 28:18, 9:26/mile
Wednesday: 4 miles, 41:00, 10:15/mile
Thursday: 2 miles, 18:20, 9:10/mile
Friday: Rest – Race Expo day!
Saturday: Air Force Marathon, 5:26:57
Total Miles: 35.2 miles
I arrived in Dayton early Friday afternoon and headed directly to the expo. I feel like this expo was not quite as big as last year or maybe it just seemed a lot of the booths were not being manned and it just felt empty. There were several booths set up for races but no one was there to talk to them about the race. Pretty disappointing. It was a highlight to listen to Meb talk! Seriously, I love everything about Meb and happy I got the opportunity to listen to him, even if I was stuck upstairs.
So the race. Well, it happened. I finished. It was no where near what I wanted and I really beat myself up on Saturday after the race. I was pretty disappointed in my finish, but after some time to digest the race and everything that happened, I am just happy to have finished. The weather was not ideal at all. This race is always a chance weather weekend, but I certainly wasn’t expected 90% humidity and hot weather. I won’t give away all of the details as I will get my normal race recap out, but I fell apart pretty early in the race and it was a fight to get to the finish. In the end, I know I have to be happy with a finish. It was my 6th marathon and 4th this year alone! Since I am taking off this week from running, hopefully I can spend that time getting my recap up within a week!!