We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the Tupelo 14.2-Miler and Marathon. It was unseasonably cool and we were actually pretty cold at the start line. Speaking of the start line, it was dark out there in Tupelo at 5:00am! Good thing I was running with Beth and Virgina who had their headlamps. Bobby was up front with no light and compared it to the horror film Pitch Black with Vin Diesel – runners with lights would get away from him and he would increase speed to not be lost in the dark.
No spectators on this low-key run except for:
Water station workers
2 energetic horses at mile 6
A dad and his sleepy son at mile 8
A pile of fish heads next to the mile 10 water station (What the heck?!)
I did SO much better at this run that at the Germantown Half-Marathon. There I was a zombie, so sore at the end and wanted to walk the last 2 miles (the pouring rain and cold didn’t help any I guess). Here I had lots of energy and finished strong at 2 hours and 38 minutes. I’ve had some soreness in the top of my right foot (thinking my laces might have been too tight) but hoping that goes away soon.
Bobby improved his time drastically. His Nashville Marathon time was 3 hours and 55 minutes. In Tupelo he did it in 3 hours and 19 minutes! Then he won 2nd in his age group: 0-29 (that’s a big age group). Note: To qualify for the Boston Marathon in the 18-34 age group you must do it in 3 hours and 10 minutes, so Bobby is getting to be an awesome runner!
Virgina and Beth met their goals and finished in under 5 hours at 4 hours and 57 minutes. It was a PR for Beth and Virgina’s first marathon, so a PR for her too.
We all had a great time in Tupelo and it made us excited about St. Jude in December!