Well, marathon #3 is in the books- and marked as the best one yet!
On October 2nd, I participated in my third full marathon. It was the Twin Cities Marathon- the same race that marked marathon #1 last October! This was all around a great weekend in Minnesota. Saturday consisted of my wedding shower- which was filled with family, friends and good food! John's mom, my future mother-in-law even made the trip all the way from Kansas! I also had a good friend fly in from Austin, TX who was also running the race.
On Saturday afternoon, we attended the TCM expo, and I got to meet Hal Higdon! For those of you who don't know who that is- he is a running legend. If you plan to train for any race- his training plans will be among the best you discover. We had dinner and plenty of drinks (water and Pedialite!) on Saturday evening at my brother and sister-in-law's house- like last year, my sister-in-law, Amy ran the race with me. We watched three quarters of the Wisconsin vs. Nebraska football game- after which time I felt comfortable that the Badgers had a win and could go to slee.
Sunday was picture perfect. It was pleasantly chilly in the morning- and we all (my friend Rachel, Amy and myself) dressed in bright neon pink gear and headed toward the Metradome in downtown Minneapolis- the locale of the race start. Things could not have gone better for this race- and it ALL started at the beginning. I convinced myself that I was going to only have positive thoughts- and literally, that held me together.
This race was FAST compared to the past two. I concentrated on my running, the crowd, the atmosphere and just had fun. Instead of the mindset- "ONLY 10 miles in?! STILL 10 miles left?!" my mindset was positive- "ALREADY half done!! ONLY 10 miles left!" I also cheered for the Badgers with every Wisconsin fan I saw. :)
This race ended with Amy and I (both Amy Schmidt, mind you) crossing the finish line at the exact same time- and with a personal record time of 4:08! Last year- we clocked in at 4:15. I was very excited- and this race has me more motivated than ever.
Next up- under 4 hours, and then qualifiy for Boston! :)
Here is a link for video at the finishline: http://www.mtecresults.com/runner/videoResults?rid=23874&race=507