|My First 26.2|
Governor's Cup Marathon-
And, sadly that's how long my PR for this distance has lasted.
I've run 5 marathons since. Well, 6, if you count IMTX, but I've never broke the time from my first marathon. I'll be honest. It's mostly because I've never trained for them the way I should. As I mentioned in my 100 Things, I'm horrible about taking advantage of my own fitness and I've run them undertrained.
I've just gone to finish, have a good time running with lots of people, enjoy the scenery, get a cool medal and I've been ok with that. (Needless to say it's always been a painful experience during and a few days after, but I've never regretted doing them.)
|Celebrating with our coach |
and two of my best friends,
Amy & Shelley
So, fast forward to 2009. I was on track to beat my time at the White Rock Marathon, when a first-time marathoner up ahead of me just about took a header into the pavement at Mile 22. He had hit the wall and was barely responsive. I stopped to make sure he had water and waited for medical to arrive. I missed a PR by 2min, 25sec. Bygones.
|26.2 or Bust!|
So, here I am again. The week of the White Rock Marathon and I'm looking at my old PR, wondering if this is the year I'll change that PR. The pace in my training runs point that direction. I've definitely trained more this year than I have in years past (and that's still not saying much.)
I know I'm not supposed to be racing. I still have back-to-back marathons on 12/31 and 1/1. I know this should be a nice, easy run so that I can get a training run in the next day.
But, there's that drive to want to see this marathon be something different. I'm not talking a BQ or anything. I doubt I'll ever be that fast. But, a PR.
After 11 years... I'm ready.
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