I did it!Marathon #6 definitely wasn’t my best, but now that I think about it I guess #7 has a far higher chance of being luckier. Right?
A common phrase among the crazy runners goes as such: “The marathon is a 20-mile warm up and a six-mile race.”
If this is true, then I guess I can say I smashed the warm up. Though I usually start out slow in races, I decided to try picking it up for the first half of the race instead.I kept it under 8:00 miles for the first half of the race and was on track to crush a 3:30!
Mile 13-20 were a little closer to 8:10, but still strong…And then, at mile 23, I hit the wall. Womp womp womp. “Hitting the wall” basically means you run out of all strength and energy. It really sucked and I did a very dramatic mix of walking, sobbing, and halfway jogging for the last three miles.
But, then it was OVER! I clocked in my second-slowest marathon time ever with a 3:49:17. And then ate a pizza 5x the size of my head.In sum, here are the cons of my race:
- I didn’t PR nor qualify for Boston (thus failing at goal #2)
- Every muscle fiber in my body feels like somebody is wringing it out like a soggy towel, and then lighting it on fire
- I felt awesome for 23 miles.
- I stayed really positive, even at the end when I almost died (win for goal #1)
- The scenery, weather, and course were really beautiful
- I got a great tan
- I still somehow got 3rd place in my age group
- My support team was the best!!!
Alanna came out to cheer and bike alongside me at the end:And Anthony was my professional photographer, head cheerer, and sword fighter (this is from a history museum gift shop we played around in on Saturday)Plus I got a bunch of calls/texts from you guys. Thanks so much to everyone. I would have sucked even more at this race if it wasn’t for the support of my family and friends!
Even though the chip time looks bad, the pros of marathon #6 still outweigh the cons. So I’m still going to view it as a victory.
Congrats to everyone else who raced over the weekend, too!
- Have you ever “hit the wall” ?
- Do you usually start out a race fast or slow?
- What’s your favorite post-race meal?
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