A Personal Worst.

Utah Valley Marathon, 4:16.

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 πŸ™‚


  1. I’m sorry you didn’t hit your goal but that is still an incredible time. I love you the way you are OK with it all. Your time does not define you, who you are does, and you are wonderful.

    • I am so thankful to have you as a friend, Lisa. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement!!

  2. You keep charging ahead! I think that we have all ran into headwind at some point or another and know how difficult it is to go against the forces. Nothing left to do but charge ahead, better, stronger and faster! It will come.

    • Thanks, Tasha! This experience once again proved how much of a mental challenge running can be!

    • Thanks, Lizzie. It was definitely a great experience, hope you’ll be able to make it out there one day! πŸ™‚

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