Happy Halloween! I am wearing my "trick or tacos" shirt at work.
I will be running after work, 5 miles or so. Maybe longer depending on what time I actually leave the office. We aren't handing out candy.
We've lived in this house for 4 years and have gotten 2 trick-or-treaters in that whole time. There are tons of kids in our hood, but the town has a trunk or treat and the local businesses give out candy too, so maybe that's why? Who knows. Instead DH and I are going to the movies to see the new Halloween.
I plan to consume lots of popcorn!
Weekend report including race:
Friday: DH and I traveled to VA and stopped for lunch at a place that had candied bacon on a stick for an appetizer. So of course we ordered that.
It was delicious. It was baked with brown sugar and cayenne pepper. So so good. We finally made it to my parents' house (DH wanted to take the scenic route so it took 7 hours to get there instead of 4.5), hung out there for a while, then hit our hotel in Crystal City. Saturday was windy and rainy and cold for our 2-mile shakeout run. Then we headed to the Pentagon for the kids' 1-mile run. Both of my nieces were signed up this year (my then 6-year-old niece ran it last year), but we weren't sure if they would bail due to the weather. I was very proud that they didn't! My 7-year-old niece had one goal: to beat her big sister.
My 11-year-old niece just wanted to finish, since she had injured her ankle at ballet during the week so she was taking it slow. They both reached their goals and I was very proud of both of them!
DH and I have gone to MCM every year since 2012, raising money for the Semper Fi Fund. I ran the full marathon in 2012, 18 miles of it in 2013, and the 10k every year since. This year at the SFF pre-race dinner, we were at a table with 3 athletes in wheelchairs, and one who wasn't in a wheelchair but who was also going to handcycle the race. The guy sitting right next to me had no legs, not even stumps. I asked if he had raced MCM before, and he said yes: 3 times. He ran it once, then he has handcycled it twice, and this would be his third time. He just kind of casually said it, as if he didn't suffer some awful injury that caused the loss of both legs between the time he ran it and the times he handcycled it and up to that day. That just got to me for some reason. And convinced me that I need to go back to what I said after that first year of MCM: that I would do the full marathon for the SFF every year that I was physically able to do it. So next year I'll be back for the marathon!
Sunday DH went to the marathon start and I went to the 10k start. I warmed up for a mile on Pennsylvania Avenue but didn't quite make it up to the White House. The race started on the Mall and I was annoyed with all of the walkers who lined up in front of me even though I was in the 50-59:59 corral.
I was weaving all over in mile 1 (9:09), and consequently I overran mile 2 when the people on the course thinned out a little (8:20). Miles 3-6 were surprisingly evenly paced for me (8:46, 8:42, 8:45, 8:49), and then I loped it into the painful uphill finish for a time of 56:06 (8:47 pace for 6.4 miles per my Garmin), less than a minute slower than last week's 10k. So I didn't hit any of my goals, but I was happy with the sub-9 minute per mile average.
I changed into dry clothes and spectated the marathon finish. The race app wasnt working, and the text splits weren't working, so I had no idea how DH was doing in his race.
Then a friend in NJ signed up to get email splits and texted them to me :genius: and DH was exactly where he needed to be at the half to hit 3:30, which was his stretch goal. But the subsequent splits showed him slowing down, and I think he finished with a 3:55 which was a CR and the first time he's broken 4 on this course. He wasn't pleased with that, but he took it. I had to remind him that he had PRed in the 10k a week before, then PRed in a 5k AND a half marathon ON THE SAME DAY the week before that, so maybe his legs were just tired.
So then he felt a little better. My friend Paul flew in at 3:05, my brother was ~4:45, and my friend's 16-year-old daughter finished her first marathon in sub-5! Also, one of the Team Semper Fi athletes also finished in sub-5, pushing a full-grown developmentally disabled man in a wheelchair. The athlete only has one leg, runs on a blade, and his remaining leg is all torn up from the IED that cost him his other leg. You might have seen a picture of him a few years ago in Boston carrying an American flag over the finish line the year after the bombing. That just solidified my decision to get back to the full marathon at this race next year. No excuses.
Monday morning we found a fun-sounding place in DC to eat breakfast before we hit the road: Taco Babma! I had 2 chorizo breakfast tacos with lots of salsa and guacamole, they were delicious. We did a bit of sightseeing and then hit the road back to NJ, again taking the scenic route to avoid the NJ Turnpike. During the ride back we picked out some potential races for next year, potentially including another cross-country drive home from a destination race, taking a different route than what we took for our honeymoon earlier this year.
Next up: Kiawah Island Marathon in December with nooner!