Sunday, April 11, 2010

Whidbey Island Marathon

We had quite a running weekend at our house. Eric signed up for a trail race out on the peninsula, with the intention of running 50 miles there yesterday and the Whidbey Marathon today. We were a bit concerned about timing since we were dependent on ferry schedules. The plan was for him to finish in 10 hours, then I'd pick him up and we'd try for the 6:45 ferry. I was on my way to get him (an hour and twenty minute drive) when he called and said he'd dropped at 40 miles because he knew he wouldn't make 50 in time for us to catch the ferry. Thank goodness he did! We are used to the big ferries and didn't realize the one we were catching was small and generally required reservations. We were told we might get on the 6:45, otherwise it would have been the 8:30. Luckily, we were one of the last few cars to make it on - and that was because some people with reservations didn't show. If we had pulled up at 8:30 and needed reservations, we would have been doomed to drive around - probably a four hour drive. We did make it though, got a fast-food dinner and then met up with Betsy and Matt at their friend's condo. It was so nice of them to offer to share with us! We were right next door to the bus pick up and finish line for the marathon, which was pretty nice.

This was a point-to-point marathon - they shuttled us to the start, where we huddled around outdoor heaters for about an hour (we were on the early bus). It was great chatting with other Maniacs while we waited, plus hanging around the heaters allowed us to meet many new people. Whidbey Island is a tough course - it's hilly from start to finish. I enjoyed it though - beautiful views, miles and miles along the water and through farmland. Apparently we ran through the Navy base, but somehow I failed to notice the gigantic arch stating we were entering the base when I went under it. Imagine my surprise when everyone was talking about it afterward! I can't believe I ran under it and didn't even see it. I guess I had a bad case of marathon brain.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, but didn't get too warm - there was always a cool and gentle breeze blowing off the water. By the end of the day I was running in short sleeves and felt great. The best part of the day was about mile 24 when I was feeling pretty spent. I looked up to see Eric running up the hill towards me. It was wonderful having him run me in the last two miles. I had to laugh though, that he chose to run out and meet me the day after a 40 mile run and after completing his own marathon. I guess that tells you that his 100 mile training is going well!

I ran this race solo, but met several new friends along the way. It was fun running a mile or two with someone new, especially with people from other states. Conversation about our corner of the world flowed and I was told repeatedly how lucky I am to live here - and I have to agree. Whidbey showed our state off to perfection today!

I have had slow recovery from Pac Rim. It's only been three weeks and it took till last weekend to begin to feel normal on my runs. Before that I'd be worn out after four or five miles, plus felt clunky and heavy-legged. I felt pretty tired be the end of each day and generally worn out. I had some doubts about the marathon, but announced it would take me about 5:40. My time today was 5:40:52 by the garmin - pretty good prediction, huh? And I feel pretty good tonight. I think I'll be ready for Tacoma on May 2nd.

Marathon number 44 is in the books, bringing my marathon + ultra total to 57. Cool!

13 comments:

Anne said...

Congrats!!! It really sounds like you had a nice experience...which, is really what I'm aiming for :)

LesleyG said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! Congrats, you crazy maniac! :)

Scott Keeps Running said...

Great seeing you out there. Congrats on another one for the record books. :)

Wes said...

Yea! Cool! :-)

Joe said...

Nary a soybean in sight...oh my!

Wow, nice recovery from PacRim...that is very impressive. I know Whidby is no easy course. And you beat my LA Marathon time by 4 minutes... good for you!!

Enjoy the current recovery time!

Irene said...

When I saw that you posted about another marathon in my Google Reader, I thought "I wonder how many marathons Michelle has done by now?" Ironically, you answered my question at the end of the post. :) Wow. You continue to amaze me!

Thomas said...

57. Wow. That's impressive.

I'm even more impressed by Eric coming to see you in though, to be honest. You're married to a gentleman, as well as a maniac.

Sunshine said...

I love Whidbey Island. Wish we could do that marathon. A million congratulations.

Darrell said...

Sounds like a beautiful day.

Whidbey Island was high on my list of possibilities for a Washington marathon. It'll be a while before I get to repeat states, though.

lizzie lee said...

how cool. The logistic of Whidbey is what makes me not to do it (the Half). I'd have needed to drive to Deception Pass on Sun...

Your husband is such a sweetheart, dropping at 40 to make the ferry, that's a partnership.

Congrats on another marathon on your belt....Wow, you are amazing!

Sarah said...

Glad you had a good race! I had a long recovery time from Pac Rim too. But I only did half your mileage.

See you at Tacoma!

Sunshine Girl said...

Happy Springtime! Hope all is well chez-vous.

Paul Rhodes said...

wow, your impressive...im a one year out runner myself, addicted but new, just started a blog and linked you...
http://runnershigh-paul.blogspot.com/...