Today was the Rock & Roll Marathon in Phoenix, AZ. I did not run it, I was still here in cold Wisconsin. But I did have 3 friends that traveled down to run. All 3 ran really good considering what they were going through.
Chaz ran a 2:57:43, this is 6 minutes off his PR but he has been suffering from a heal problem for awhile. He did end up being the first finisher from Wisconsin in 110th place overall. Mike suffered a hamstring pull a few weeks ago and somehow was able to run a 3:24:35. And as usual, Paul ran well and finished in 3:40:27.
In an upset in the Half Marathon, Ryan Hall was defeated by Simon Bairu. While I think it sucks Hall lost (it was only a training run for him), I can't help but like that is was by Bairu who is a U of Wisconsin Grad and train in Oregon with Matt Tegankamp, Chris Solinski, and the rest of the former U of Wisconsin Track/Cross Country team that is doing so well in the running circuit.
As far as my training for the Icebreaker is going, I did a not so good run today. I ran 8 miles but had some issues at mile 5 that were not fun. I still finished it in about an 8:45 pace but was not happy with the run. I will do a few more short runs this week before the 39.3 miles over the weekend. And crazy Paul, yes the one who ran the Rock & Roll Marathon today, will also be doing the Gold Medal Challenge with me next weekend.
And finally, I spoke to the Principal at my girl's school today and we are a go for the 2nd Annual WELS Kid's Marathon. We have begun the planning already but with his go ahead, we will officially begin the work needed. It should be a lot easier this year since we know what we did right and what we did wrong and what we want to add and remove, etc.