We had a very exciting weekend this past weekend. As many of you know, we had a marathon-filled weekend. On Saturday, April 16, mister and I traveled to Roanoke, VA for the Blue Ridge Marathon and Star 10K! It was a gorgeous day for a run, and on our hour drive north that morning, we got to see the sun rise over the mountains that we were about to DOMINATE!
|The sun rising over Mill Mountain|
|The start line|
Blue Ridge Marathon:
America's Toughest Road Marathon
Mr. Marathon knew that he had a challenge ahead of him on race day, as he would be running the 26.2 and 3 mountains today, which is always a challenge, but he also had to remember to keep some gas in the tank for Monday, when he would be taking his 26.2 on the road (erm, in the sky?) to Boston, MA! Just a mere 48 hours later! He decided to still push himself throughout the course, but to a certain extent so as to not overdo it. He chugged up the hills, and pushed (flew? pranced? levitated?) down the hills. His pace was everywhere from 5 minute miles through 9 minute miles. Whatever he did worked for him, though. He ended up crossing the finish line with a time of 3:07:47!! This landed him 1st place in his age group and 5th place overall! You guys, that's a 7:09 min/mile pace. On mountains. 3 mountains. With 7,430 feet of elevation change. Let that sink in... Pretty impressive right? He was very proud of his performance and felt like he did try to reserve some energy for his upcoming marathon on Monday, but he did push during every mile.
And now, enjoy pictures from our Blue Ridge adventure!
|Starting up Mill Mountain,|
leaving downtown Roanoke
|The Adam and Alison Ascent :|
Maroon and turquoise balloons
lined the section near the
very top of Mill Mountain
in memory of Alison Parker and Adam Ward...
loved this so much ! < 3
|Uphill was torture!|
And the ladies with orange shirts had a quote on the back:
"I eat hills for breakfast"
Apparently that's where I went wrong. I had eaten oatmeal.
|At the top of Mill Mountain!|
The Roanoke Star!
|View at the overlook at the top of Mill Mountain|
|Drink Mor Moo-Mosas! |
Don't have to tell me twice!
|This was the lovely lady making the mimosas!|
|Mid-race mimosa for the win!|
|My awkward, blinded-by-the-sun finish line photo|
|My parents missed my finish |
and arrived right after I crossed the finish line!
Oops! I finished too fast!
|I don't look like I'm going very fast, |
but at this point I promise I felt like Speed Racer!
|This totally looks like a promotional image for BRM!|
|Is he levitating? Is he a magical reindeer?|
|Posing with the real celebrity here:|
|Um hello, I am a running goat|
running this marathon
|Our best attempt at the finish line photo...|
We appreciate the volunteers, but they had access to the whole other side!
|We finished! Hooray!|
|Our makeshift sign:|
Go Alfredo! Boston Bound!
|He got a massage after finishing to help his recovery for Monday!|
|His watch showing his finish time!|
|1st place age group award!|