It is hard to believe that just yesterday I completed my third full marathon – my first ‘official’ attempt at qualifying for Boston – missed that goal by more than 45 minutes – and yet, as evidenced by the above photo – it was okay.
It really is crazy in a lot of ways – I mean, just in March, I ran a 3:58 in Virginia Beach and I was seriously bummed – and here I am, three months later and I ran a personal worst (20 minutes over my first marathon!) and I walked away feeling alright about it. Why?
- Mother Nature – there were wind gusts right when I hit Mile 7 – they didn’t let up the rest of the day (that’s right, at noon yesterday there were wind advisories for dangerous conditions) – that coupled with the altitude adjustment for me was not ideal. At Mile 9, the wind was so strong that I realized run-walk was going to be OKAY.
- Smart Nutrition – I am a definite believer that my changes in pre, post and in-race nutrition have been established. I didn’t hit a wall, didn’t get those dreaded leg cramps from either of my earlier marathons and physically, I felt great crossing the finishing line.
- Perspective – It was my first trip to Utah – once I came to the realization that this wasn’t going to be THE race, I was able to really enjoy all the wonderful sights around me – glorious cliffs, waterfalls, gorgeous blue skies…I felt lucky to be in such an amazing place.
Sure, a “3″ on the clock would have been nicer to see, but the successes that I gleaned from this experience have only reinforced the fact that I’m getting closer and closer to realizing this goal. It might take longer than I want, but won’t that make it that much sweeter?
“Official” recap/review of this race coming later this week