We began our day with a 30-minute ceremony at Runner's Edge that included some reports from runners who were there and a very nicely done prayer led by a RE volunteer. We then did our long run. I ran 16.5 miles very slowly, averaging 12:20's on my Garmin. Afterwards, we all drove over to the finish line of the Olathe marathon where all 27 Boston runners ran 0.7 miles with 3 who didn't get to finish Boston leading the pack (they were pulled from the course 0.7 miles out). I've included 3 pictures below from the day -- it was a very special event and I'm glad I participated in it all.
Last weekend, I ran 20 miles and averaged easy 11:30's for the first 14 miles, feeling quite good. But I then ended up by myself on a twisty, lonely run through suburbia that got very slow at 13-15 minute miles to the finish. I'm not sure if I slowed down because I was tired or just on my own. I do know I keep up better running with others....and I'm holding onto that thought going into my Traverse City marathon 5/24. My mid-week running program has suffered from heavy business travel of late, that will continue all the way to the race, so it will be interesting to see what shape I truly line up with on May 24th!
Last note -- I fly out to Vancouver BC tomorrow for a client's conference and I'm hoping to get some city runs in while out there. Here's our Boston pictures from April 20th:
|Boston Runners Finish in Olathe April 20th|
|The Chau Family was out in force!|
|Chau and Mary Haley -- long term Runners Edge runners!|