Before the race report…I need to talk about my rockstar husband!  He came out of a 4 hour exam yesterday and encountered the crazy wife who was running today.  It was one of those weekends where everything needed to go right.  Ryan had his exam on Sat and and he was shot when he got home.  He went to bed in the afternoon so that he could be ready to corral the masses for Sun.  Getting three kids out the door for marathon spectating is not easy!

Okay…so the race did not start until 9 and my friend George was nice enough to drive the four of us down to the start.  It is an out and back course and there were wave starts.    I started with my running buddy Joe and tried to keep a conservative pace.  It was hard, I felt good but I knew the day was long.  We kept the first half around 8:45 and headed back.   At this point I lost Joe, he was not feeling was nice to have company for the first half. 

Ryan thought they might make the half point but he was not sure.  I did not see them but it was a little out of the way of any parking so I carried on.  I was not feeling super but I think the hardest miles are the last 10.  I hit the 18 mile mark and my pace had slowed…I was running through a water stop and I ran right by the kids…it was not until I passed that it hit me that they were there.  I instantly felt bad…bummer I should have gone back.  I carried on thinking I would see them at the finish. 
Backing up a bit…this week Jen and I had a great conversation about family, balance and running a marathon.  I struggled this fall trying to figure out what pace I should shoot for.  I went back and forth and never really settled on a “set” pace.  This week…she said she wanted to take the pressure off this fall and allow me to enjoy the training before I need to focus for IMLP.  She recognizes to importance of my family and kids and 5-10 min in a marathon really deos not matter.
Ok…onward so I come to the 20 mile mark and low and behold…there they are again…HOW I stopped and I slapped their hands and told them how HAPPY I was that they were there.  It was great…and then I ran through the park which was a loop and saw them again at mile 21…oh they were so excited.
I knew at this point..I was still on target to go under 4 hours which was my original goal…so I carried on with the biggest smile!  How awesome…and then they were there at mile 22 and mile 24…and if you have kids you know in and out of the car with car seats every 20 mins is no easy task.  They followed the towpath..honking and was so much fun.  My pace slowed, my legs hurt and i was ready to be done but I made sure I waved and high fived them when I saw them.  Jen was so right..this was what makes training so worth it!
So I crossed the finish line in 3:55…35 minutes faster than my first marathon…after having three kids and I am proud of that!
So I owe Ryan who thinks this is nuts but made sure my day was perfect!  XOXO.  Jen who has provided more balance, guidance and TONS of support…I am lucky to have you as a coach.  Myse and AnnMarie, at Fleet Feet, I am truly greatful that you have supported me through all of my athletic endeavors this year, 2013 will rock.  Kate who helped me with strength training to make this day possible and last but certainly not least…Heather who kept my hamstring and ITB at bay so I could run.

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Jennifer Harrison · November 19, 2012 at 2:47 am

YOU did all the work, Stacey — while working, being almost a single MOM and 3 little kids. PEOPLE have no idea how hard that is….ASTONISHING really. Congrats! Enjoy that off season for now!! 🙂


Jess Woehr · November 19, 2012 at 2:57 am

Sorry that last comment was me (Jess) – I didn't know what I was doing 🙂

Caroline · November 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

I am always so impressed with you and how well you balance everything – work, family, training, etc – each and every time I read your blog. I loved your race report *loved* it. That's so great how supportive Ryan is of your training and racing, we are lucky to have husbands who may not understand why we want to do the sport we have chosen, but they are more than willing to support us. Your

Craig · November 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

That was a great time Stacey. Twenty or thirty years from now which one of the children will be running marathons and training for triathlons?

See you soon.


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