I am happy. And sore.
I completed the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon on Sunday in 4:54:21. Well within my goal of under five hours. It is a personal record and I am proud.
As always, I couldn’t have completed this training season or this race without Team in Training (my donors, my superstar coaches, Brian, Joel, Lisa, and Amanda, my roommate and adventure friend, Casey, my running buddies, Jon and Emily, all of our fun, wonderful BK teammates, and of course, my unfailingly supportive husband) but I am also taking ownership of my performance and my experience. I knew what I needed to do during training. I made my pacing and fueling race plan and stuck to it. I ran smart. And when it got painful after mile 23 and I wasn’t sure if I could keep running, I did. I can handle pain and I can handle doubt. That is good to know. Experience made the difference in this marathon.
Now… on to number 5!! NYC in November!
Last Sunday, my Summer 2012 Brooklyn Team in Training (seen above) ran the The Race at Roosevelt Island 10k. It was a fun day full of firsts for me — my first time on Roosevelt Island, first time on the Roosevelt Island sky tram, first time on a NYC bus! — but the actual race may have been the worst of my life.
Despite wearing my Team Sparkle skirt for the first time, I just couldn’t get my body into race mode. I was in pain with terrible shin splints and my pace was my slowest ever in a race. I am not really sure why it went so badly. I don’t really have an excuse. I ate well on Saturday. I had basically rested for the full week before. I drank plenty of fluids and ate breakfast before the race. My shoes were semi-newish, so maybe that is it… but i wore the same shoes at my triumphant NYC Half Marathon two weeks ago, so I don’t think they were the problem. I guess I’ll just tell myself that I was having a plain old bad day.
Luckily (or unluckily, if it goes as badly) I have a do-over this weekend. Tomorrow, I am running the Scotland Run 10k in Central Park. My somewhat unrealistic goal is to run it in 59 minutes. My more attainable goal is to simply have a better race than last weekend.
Wish me luck!