Congratulations to Barb Downey of Downey Ranch in Wamego, Kansas, on the completion of the Olathe Marathon this past weekend...her first! But Barb didn't just finish, she finished in 4:25:56 -- or a pace of 10:12/mile -- landing her 67th out of 150 female runners! And she ran the entire 26.2 miles wearing her new BEEF running jersey! Thanks to Debbie Lyons-Blythe for alerting us to Barb's big event...and for sponsoring her beef running gear!
Since I can hardly move I’m taking care of desk stuff. Only kidding. I’m not too bad after completing my first marathon. YEAH!!!! Unfortunately, it was so cold and windy (a head wind, mind you) that the top layer jacket didn’t come off until mile 20.
Of course, that could have been a useful strategy since once I was publicly exposed as being powered by beef, there was no way I could quit, let alone break into a walk. I’ve attached a couple of photos for you. I’ll send the one with my “friends” chasing me with a cattle prod (no kidding) when I get my hands on it. In addition, I’ll write about the training and the race, which was incredible by the way. I finished in 4:26 which put me in the top ½ of the women runners.
I remember thinking when I hit mile 10 that I’d be done with the Boilermaker and it’d be a piece of cake. I’ll let you know for sure, but it’s looking good at this point.
Downey Ranch, Inc.
As mentioned in her e-mail, Barb hopes to join Team Protein for the Boilermaker 15K this July and will be posting tips from her marathon training right here on the Power of Protein blog. Stay tuned for more information on signing up for the Boilermaker. In the meantime, please send your photos and training experiences to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.