Cleveland Marathon!

I quickly decided after running Boston that I wanted to do a marathon again and soon! ūüôā ¬†I know that my body needed time to recover (and I didn’t run at all for an entire week)! ¬†I also knew that I did not feel my best at Boston and wanted to try one more time with all of the training I had already done!

After doing a little marathon research I decided Cleveland would be great! ¬†This meant we got to sleep two nights¬†at Nate’s parents’ house which was perfect! ¬†This is our best attempt at “pretend” sleeping! Haha ūüôā ¬†FullSizeRender-4.jpg

This race was everything I wanted it to be!  It was a lot more low-key than both the Pittsburgh and Boston marathons.  Nate and I drove to Cleveland that morning and had plenty of time to get to the start line.  IMG_9619.JPG

I just remember feeling SO great for the first 7+ miles.  It was quite the opposite feeling a month ago at mile 7!  I continued to remind myself that I trained to feel this good!  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

Around mile 14 things definitely started to feel hard and I decided to not worry about it too much and instead kind of zone out for a little while.  I did that and before I knew it I was at mile 17 and feeling like I could pick it up a little!  Around 18 I started to hurt again but felt huge rain drops and hoped there would NOT be lightning to cancel the race.  I really wanted to finish!

The¬†weather was predicted to storm (with lighting) at race time which would cause the officials to cancel the marathon. ¬†Plus, it was supposed to be 70 degrees with¬†80% humidity! ¬†However, it actually ended up being a perfect day… There wasn’t much sun¬†and the breeze from the lake made it feel cooler!

I loved that Nate was able to see me a few times on the course plus run 20 miles on his own around the city!  IMG_9625.JPG

The last 3 miles felt the toughest but I just kept pushing on (slower than before) but still happy and even smiling! ¬†ūüôā ¬†IMG_9624.JPG

My time was almost the same as a month ago at Boston, but I felt completely different!  I loved this marathon and want to do it again someday!  FullSizeRender.jpg

I also love that we were back with our kiddos to celebrate Nate’s dad’s 70th birthday before lunch time! ¬†FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Unlike Boston, I’m not very¬†sore… and even felt like a little hike with the whole group the next morning! ¬†FullSizeRender-3.jpg