Knoxville Covenant Marathon Weekend

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Hello and Happy Monday! Lots going on this weekend. Let’s catch up.

Saturday morning my friend E and I had a 31 blow out sale. We have both accumulated far more than we could use and had an indoor type yard sale. It was fairly successful for not having that many people show up. We plan to do a yard sale in the Summer and possibly Fall.

Saturday afternoon was chores around the house and then packet pickup for Sunday’s race. I didn’t think the Expo was as good as last year in that I didn’t want to buy something at every booth. After we finished at the expo, they had a kids run. (More on that below). After all the race activities we headed for some sushi, then home to bed. Was going to be a short night. We had to be up and out of the house by 6:30.

I had intended for Saturday to be a fairly easy day, but my Fitbit stats showed different. We actually did a lot of walking in the afternoon/evening.

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Sunday morning was race time. The race started at 7:30 and it was 24 degrees. BRR!!! I almost forgot how to dress for cold 5Ks. I wound up with ankle length tights, a long sleeve dri-fit shirt, and a lightweight jacket over it. The gloves and earmuffs I wore were truly the lifesavers of the day.

Here is the starting line of the Covenant Knoxville Marathon which includes a 5K, half-marathon, and marathon. Over 2000 people participated in the 5K. And I think there were more walkers than ever. WOOHOO!!!

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Trying to get a selfie with the start line behind me. The half-marathon and marathon starts first, then the 5Kers have to wait about 15 minutes before we get to go.

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Trying for a selfie with the Sunsphere. It was not cooperating.

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Our friend John and myself. John decided to walk with me. ALWAYS great having a walking partner. We have both done this course before so we knew where the hills were and where the flat was.

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Wearing my pink Brooks Glycerins. Love these shoes! And new pink socks from Old Navy. I bought these socks last week because most of my athletic socks have holes in them. I am definitely returning to Old Navy to pick up some more. They were super comfortable. I broke my own rule of wearing something new on race day, but they didn’t bother me at all.

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The Sunsphere. This is leftover from the 1982 World’s Fair that was held in Knoxville.

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I always love when they bring out the HUGE American flag for a race.

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And I am done. The huge draw of this race is that everyone finishes on the 50 yard line of Neyland Stadium and you can see yourself up on the JumboTron (if you remember to look up).

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John and I after the race. My face was so red from the cold/wind.

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Garmin time which was only 2 seconds off chip time. Not a PR for me, but that wasn’t my intention.

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See the JumboTron and the welcome message? How cool is that!

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After the race I got a hug from this cutie pie while we were waiting on her dad to finish his first ever half-marathon.

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See her medal? She did the kids 1 mile race on Saturday evening – and they also finished on the 50 yard line. We were able to go into the stadium and cheer her (and her parents) on. The kids then got all kinds of goodies and a visit from the Chick-fil-a cows. She had a blast and I suspect she will be running (or walking) 5Ks with us soon.

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And finally, one of my favorite spots of all time – The Hill at UT. I spent many, many, many hours on this campus as a student.

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My final Fitbit stats for Sunday:

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It would seem I am now committed to doing the 4-person marathon relay next year with hubby and our friends. I would have the shortest leg and would be walking my leg. The shortest leg is 5.9 miles so I guess I better start training.

Today will most definitely be a rest day. I have work, then must go grocery shopping, then we have family dinner. Tomorrow I will head back to the gym.

How was your weekend? What did you do? Share something in the comments.

Cheers!

glenneth-web

2 Responses to “Knoxville Covenant Marathon Weekend”

  1. I LOVE ALL THINGS THIS!!! (except for the cold start) and especially mostly a lotly 🙂 the kids race and medal. <3