What a fantastic weekend at the Charleston Marathon for Team AMEC. The weather was lovely- and there was an added bonus of a little extra distance on the course! That wasn’t really a welcome bonus BUT everyone did well all the same.
First, here are our results in the half marathon distance:
Sarah tore it up with a 1:41 time- which just so happened to be a 13 minute PR. She worked so hard and this was such an amazing accomplishment. I am very excited for her and look forward to helping her dominate the triathlon season this summer.
Kelly, who joined the triathlon season last year, ran her first half and came in sub-2 hours. She, too, worked super hard, and I am very proud of her as well! She and Sarah made excellent training partners and pushed themselves to be the best they could be.
Jerry, after missing his opportunity at the Kiawah Half in December since he decided to put a nail through his foot (he claims only a “little bit”), ran his first half as well and also came in under 2 hours! This follows his first Olympic distance triathlon in September. I have really enjoyed him being a part of Team AMEC.
Melissa ALSO PRed, by staying ahead of the 2:15 pace group and not letting them catch her. This was our strategy and she stuck to it to succeed. I am really looking forward to transitioning her into triathlon season and watching her PR all over the place!
Amy, who represents Team AMEC from Ohio, decided to race while on a girl’s weekend with my other 2 Ohio ladies. She has been running marathons and half-marathon like a crazy lady this winter, and while she did not PR she DID shave time of the half she did a few weeks ago. Amy just got a bike and I am looking forward to her trying out some triathlons this year. She (along with the other Ohios) will also be doing TOSRV this spring- a 100 mile ride down the Scioto River Valley on Saturday, and another 100 miles back up on Sunday. Since this ends/starts in Chris’ hometown, he and I will be attending as well as training for Dirty Kanza.
Now on to the marathon:
Bree, in her first marathon, persevered after dealing with some GI issues at mile 18. I am really proud of her for pushing through and I am looking forward to her also tearing up the triathlon season this year. She will be racing her first ironman in Florida this year as well. A year of firsts for her!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out for us in races- and most of us have experienced. I am so super bummed for Kelsey for having to pull out at mile 18 while experiencing severe dehydration issues. It”s a difficult thing to deal with, especially when your training as been so on-point and you were expecting a major PR. But, it happens. And when it does the strong say, “Onward and upward” and move on to the next thing. Kelsey will be racing her first 70.3 this year in Boulder. I know she will tear it up.
And, on another note, I was thrilled to see my 3 Ohio ladies this weekend. During their girls weekend I took them for a ride to tour the Charleston area and give them some cycling tips. Amy and Jen M have just started riding and I hope they will love their bikes as much as Jen A and I do!