Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Week in Review and the Sugarloaf Marathon

Last week was incredible in terms of running. Well actually, it was great all around!

Tuesday - 8 miles at 9:07 average pace

Wednesday - off

Thursday - 6 miles w/ 4 mile tempo {8:01, 8:02, 7:51, 7:56}

Friday - off

Saturday - off

Sunday - 14.2 miles 

Coordinated head to toe!
Monday - off
Weekly total = 28.2 miles

Sunday was the Sugarloaf Marathon that starts in Eustis, Maine, goes past the Sugarloaf ski resort to finish in Kingfield. Last year I ran the 15K which is the last 9.3 miles of the marathon course. You can read my recap of that race here. This year I opted not to race as my friend Stacy was running her second marathon, having completed her first on this course last year. My other running gals, Jen and Jill, were also on the support crew for Stacy as well as on the cheer squad for their running husbands, who happen to be twin brothers. 

I headed up on Saturday evening, catching a ride with Jen and Ward and stayed at the Sugarloaf Hotel with Jill and Wade. 

I played the part of the 5th wheel this weekend. We hit up the hot tub and since we weren't racing in the morning, Jen and I decided to class it up and enjoy a Mike's Hardest Strawberry Margarita straight from the can. After a fairly restless night on the floor in my sleeping bag, we got up and got ready to go. It was about 10 miles to the start and a perfect day for a marathon.

Race morning - overcast, 40s at the start and a light tailwind
The starting line!

Everyone kicked some serious butt and it was PR's all around! Both Ward and Wade PR'd and BQ'd. 

Mile 3
Stacy had amazing 12 minute PR. I am super proud of her. This girl was even running up the hills in the last miles of the race. She was motivated to get to that finish!

Powering up a hill at mile 22.

She also had her husband, Scott and three little munchkins to provide her with food and water for the entire course and her sweet kids ran with her to the finish.

The finish is in sight!

And now I have caught the marathon bug again. And so does Jen, who swore she wasn't running another until she turns 40. I'm really going to focus on continuing to form a solid base for the rest of this year and hopefully get my sub-4 marathon at Sugarloaf in 2015!


  1. Damn marathons. Ugh. Now we have to train. I have a plan in place. ;) Sure you don't want to do a fall marathon with me?

    1. Yes, those damn marathons. I like how you say "we". If I were to do a fall one it would have to be MDI seeing as I already have an entry for that one if I wanted...and I have a bone to pick with that course, even though it won't be a sub-4.

  2. Great week of running! I've always been curious about the Sugarloaf course because I've heard such good things about it. Sounds like a small but speedy race!


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