A Feast

Thanksgiving

We stayed in Philly and spent yesterday cooking and eating.

The cats even got special food and were completely zoned out all day.
Thanksgiving

Eric did most of the cooking and I did a lot of uhhh…
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

We had a small piece of Texas.
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

And then it was time to eat.
Thanksgiving

We loaded out plates with green beans, brussel sprouts, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, seitan, tempeh, rolls, cornbread muffins, mac n cheese, dressing and kale.
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Our overhead kitchen light went out so we had to move the table into the living room.
Thanksgiving

All in all it was an epic feast.
Thanksgiving

Philadelphia Marathon – #2

Wow. Between MCM and yesterday I had a cold for 2 weeks, the flu for one weekend and zero meaningful training runs. But I ended up running the full marathon and kicked some butt in the process.

With MCM I had so much other stuff to worry about that my mind wasn’t really worried about the race. With Philly I had nothing to worry about except the race.

Eric and I woke up early on Sunday morning and rode our bikes to the start at the Art Museum.
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My corral was pretty far back so I just hung out for a while. I promise I was actually in a good mood.
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Miles 1 – 7: I had a blast running through the city and was just kind of on auto pilot. I got to see Eric a couple of times and Krista once which definitely helped my spirits!
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Miles 8 – 11: This was through West Philly and Fairmount Park, the only “hilly” part of the course. But these hills had nothing on me this time. I ran them well and even talked to a guy from Texas who is running the Dallas marathon in a 2 weeks.

Miles 12 – 14: I was most worried about this part of the race. This is where the half and full split and I thought it would be really hard mentally. I wanted to get in a really good place mentally for this part of the race so I put on my favorite song and took note that nothing hurt on my body and I felt good and I could get through this. I saw Eric right before the split and was able to power through without any problems.
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Miles 15 – 18: This part of the course was along Kelly Drive. Eric was able to ride next to me for all of it which was great. I got to see Leslie which was a huge boost. The course does a weird back track over the Falls Bridge and I hit a big wall mentally at this point. I was tired and my stomach was bothering me and I was burping a lot. I just wasn’t in a good place.
Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

Miles 19-25: Right after the Falls Bridge my friend Kirin was standing to the side ready to meet me to run. She was my saving grace for this race. She ran with me to Manayunk and all the way to mile 25. She encouraged me and kept me going and fed me pretzels. I owe her so much for what she did during the race. Once we got back on Kelly Drive I felt a lot better and knew I would be able to finish the marathon.
Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

Miles 25 – 26.2: Right after Kirin left I got a surge of energy and cruised through to the finish, which was the best feeling to have.
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I am so happy I decided to run the Philadelphia Marathon. The best part was getting to see so many friends along the way. I finished in 4:17, a minute faster than MCM. But I didn’t hurt as bad during the run as I did at MCM.

Philadelphia Marathon

I think next year I want to focus on quality over quantity (if you can call 2 marathons a lot). I am really excited to take it easy the next few weeks then buckle down with some serious speed work next year.

Oh yeah, remember how I rode my bike to the marathon? Well that meant I had to ride my bike home. It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, but seeing cabs drive by was really tempting and in the future I might just take a cab.
Philadelphia Marathon

What’s That?

I have spent the past 2 weeks fighting off an annoying cold that despite all my efforts to get rid of it, it just won’t go away. Then to top it all off Friday afternoon I came down with the flu and spent most of the weekend shivering in a ball on the couch complaining to Eric.

On Sunday I was definitely still sick, but decided to get out and run. Which sounds really stupid, and was stupid, but see, I am signed up for another marathon that is this coming Sunday. And even though I just ran a marathon 2.5 weeks ago, I feel severely under trained for this one. Because I have spent the past 2 weeks sick.

I am kind of at a loss as to what to do on Sunday, although here are my options:
A: Not run.
B. Run the half marathon.
C. Run the full marathon.
And I really, really want to choose option C because I want to experience that high I felt 2.5 weeks because it was kind of addicting. And probably the closest I will ever feel to a superstar athlete even though I am a mediocre runner who drinks too much beer.

If you are in Philly you should definitely check out the marathon on Sunday and perhaps you will see me running (I’ll be wearing a shirt that says Lauren on it). And then everyone should eat pizza and drink beer with me.

uh, my black and white skills are definitely lacking. i need to get back on top of that.

Bear Creek CX

Raced a bit of cyclocross last weekend and because I know there are mass amounts small handful of people that enjoy road bikes in the mud, ill post a quick synapses/few photos. This year the venue was changed from Beer Creek to Emmaus where they have a weekly practice due to the snow storm from the previous week. The C race started at 10am (I was a fan) and I think was roughly sold out with 50 registered. The course felt fast during my warm-up lap with most of the mud sections still frozen. I didn’t know how this was going to play out with the thawing and actually didn’t think about that until during the race. The course was pretty much all flat with 2 barriers and no run-ups. I got to the line and about 4 rows back, not too bad. The start was in grass and a slight up hill for a while before any turns. I was hoping to make up 10 or so places at the beginning but the course was tight. This was my first PACX race and didn’t know that they had call-ups in the C race. After rambling off what seemed like 20+ names I’m now sitting in row 5 or 6. The start in front of me is slow, I see the top few guys get a big jump on everyone else. I hammer and try to make up and many places as I can before it clumps up at the first turn. I think I moved up ~7 spots and sitting in the 20s somewhere. The first lap felt fast and I was being fairly cautious as my tires are worthless and I only got one full lap in before hand. Yeah I put a foot out a lot, and as I said, if you don’t like my poor turning ability then pass me During the second lap I passed a group of riders and was sitting 6th and coming out of the barrier section into a fast 90 degree left turn and went down hard. I wasn’t expecting it at all but as people rode that turn and the grass/mud thawed it became really slick. I dropped my chain and tried to ride to back on, didn’t work. Bleh. I finally cranked it back on but not before getting passed by 5 or 6 people, I need to get better at that. After that I wasn’t in it mentally, I knew there was no chance of getting catching the top few riders and was a bit pissed. I kept cranking and because of the various double backs heard the encouragement of a few friends racing. I also noticed that random people in this race were really nice, saying words of encouragement while you passed them, I liked that. Anyways during the next lap I was able to re-pass the group that had overtaken me while I dropped my chain and saw 5th place a bit ahead of me. It was hard to gauge how far off a wheel you where due to the course layout. I was hoping to close the gap but it never happened. Ended up doing 5 laps and got 6th overall. Not that excited about the performance, but it was a learning experience. Grass turns are definitely not my strong suit, so its definitely something I need to work on. Had the GoPro on but it didn’t save any videos… I was really hoping to post the first lap and the crash, oh well.
After the C race was the B race. Was hoping to encourage the Team Tom’s boys. I shot a few photos, taunted, and watched people take turns a lot faster than I could. At some point Ellis flatted and I had to run to the car to grab my bike as I didn’t have room in the car for his pit bike as well. We made a seamless bike swap but he had lost 2 places while riding on the rim and was sitting in 6th. Ryan had a battle for 1st and ended up winning the B race. After that I pitted for Jeff in the 45+ race which he went on to win. Congrats to both of you.

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After riding we ate, talked, then it was game time. Neither Ellis or I had ever been to the beer store/mecca known as Shangy’s. Needless to say we were both excited. Luckily it was all cases so we didn’t get too wild, but we spent over an hour there pondering our next move. They have cases of four loco to slyfox to $300 cases of mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. Anyways it was dangerous and too much to choose from. After seeing Jeff come in, spend 10 minutes and pull the trigger on various cases of Belgium goodness, we decided to go ‘cheap’ and stay domestic.

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New to me.

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Took a bit of finagling but theres always room for a case or two/three.

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Im thinking next weekend of doing Spring Mountain Crossasaurus Awesome, not sure if I’ll race the C race or try out the B race + SS race… hopefully learn how to use the GoPro for a sweet video as well.