That there, my friends, is my big, heavy medal from Springfield’s Bass Pro Marathon – the only and only marathon I’ll ever run. I run on occasion, maybe once or twice a week, but I guess I started taking it a little more seriously in 2017. I was running quite a bit and ran a half marathon in spring of 2017 when I was living in Raleigh, and did pretty well. I’d wanted to run a half marathon for quite a while, so it felt really good to check that off of my bucket list. In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to eventually run a marathon, too. I moved back home last year during the fall and wasn’t able to run one, but this year I was game. Especially since now I have more of a regular schedule and knew I could properly train. I started training in August at 7 miles and worked my way up, week by week, to a 20 mile training run.
Training for a marathon in August is the WORST. It was just so hot. If I didn’t run early in the morning, it wasn’t happening. If you want to train for a half marathon or full, my advice is train for a spring race. I guess you’d have to fight the cold as opposed to the heat, but that’s easier to deal with. Anyway, I trained by myself for three months and ran on a greenway I live close by. I feel lucky to live so close to such a nice trail. On race day I wore this:
The first 16 miles were great and I made really good time. After that, I really started to feel it, and there was a trip to a porta potty for a few minutes, ha. Mile 20-26.2 was painful, but I finished! My time was 4 hours and 50 minutes, which is a little over 11 minutes per mile. My goal was 5 hours, so I was satisfied with that time.
Celebratory post race meal was burgers, fries, fried pickles and beer. I was barely able to move the next two days. Oh, and I lost a toenail. It has yet to grow back.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and a good November! I’m just now coming up for air after being bogged down with school for the past few months. It’s finals week, baby. I’m looking forward to some time off and more baking! I took English II this semester and realized I don’t like writing as much as I thought I did, haha, but I can properly document research now.
For Thanksgiving I made two pies. The first was a browned butter, toasted pecan pie with bourbon reduction. I also used dark brown sugar and dark Karo syrup. It was tasty.
The other one was a weird one and probably too weird for my family’s Thanksgiving. It was apple pie topped with a smoked cheddar-bacon streusel. I thought it was pretty darn delicious but oh-well. It was good if you like sweet and savory combinations.
Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas! I feel like the month is already flying by. Are you baking anything good this Christmas-season? I have a couple of cookie exchanges coming up that I need to prepare for. I’m thinking macarons….
I’ll be spending Christmas in Oklahoma City, if anyone has any recommendations for me. My boyfriend and I would love some fun stuff to do while we’re there.