ING Europe Marathon

ING Europe Marathon and Half Marathon - Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg.I traveled to Luxembourg this past weekend to compete in my second ever Half Marathon.  I had two months between my soul sucking, very hilly race at the Deutsche Weinstraße half marathon and this one.  I took my training more seriously and incorporated some speed work [...]

ING Europe Marathon and Half Marathon – Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg.I traveled to Luxembourg this past weekend to compete in my second ever Half Marathon.  I had two months between my soul sucking, very hilly race at the Deutsche Weinstraße half marathon and this one.  I took my training more seriously and incorporated some speed work coupled with hills and it paid off!  I PR’d my 13.1 miles at 1h35 (7’13 pace), placing 18th amongst 2253 women!

Luxembourg ING Europe Half Marathon Results (Women)

The start of the race was like nothing I had previously experienced.  The 10,000 runners were divided into start groups A through F, based on their previous race times, where A would depart the start line at the gun time with each subsequent group following in spaced increments. I started with the A group and in the second row behind the professional runners, holy intimidation!  At the sound of the gun, chaos ensued – streamers went flying, wrapped around your limbs, and elbows aggressively jabbed at you from the other runners, not to mention some kicking and near tripping.  This lead to a very speedy start off the line, but I avoided a trampling, SUCCESS.

ING Europe Marathon Luxembourg Race Start (Marathon and Half Marathon)

ING Europe Marathon Luxembourg Race Start (Marathon and Half Marathon)

The Luxembourg course was much more loaded with crowds than our previous one, the Deutsche Weinstraße, which made a huge difference, and having learned my hydration lesson the hard way last time, we stopped at EVERY water station available for a combination of drinking and bathing in the water provided.  Eventually I will learn how to drink out of those dang plastic cups without either choking or having to come to a shuffle to effectively swallow.  The final 5k was the loneliest stretch, as it came back to where it all began outside of the bustling city, and it was unfortunately an UPHILL slog.  But hey, I trained to hammer out the hills, so it didn’t feel remotely close to the horror of the last race’s hills.

ING Europe Half Marathon Luxembourg - Elevation Profile

ING Europe Half Marathon Luxembourg – Elevation Profile (758′ gain)

A special thanks to my inspiring training partner/race day cheerleader, Magin Day, and my fiancee , Eric, whom ran the Marathon that night in a sub 3!

The indoor track style finish!

The indoor track style finish!

Race Day Photo Album

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 111 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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