|Meet Matt. 2:43 marathoner at Chicago this fall. I can’t imagine how long the race would have felt without him for the first 1:45.|
|Matt and I taking a turn together early in the race. My mistake early on was trying to take these corners tight and fast (vs. not caring and running out in lane 2 – and I also tried not to lose speed coming out of them). This would cost me!|
|David – my pacer late in the race. It made me realize how much easier it is to work with/off of someone late in a race when your brain isn’t fully working. Need to take that into consideration for my fall race/OTQ attempt plans…|
|1 lap to go! See the hint of a smile and a “I have this!” look?!? Note that I ran most of the race out in lane 2 – and a bit in lane 3 as well. Wonder how far my 26.2 actually was? Any math guru’s out there?|
|That great pulsating feeling post-marathon. Know what I’m talking about?|
|Day 1. More red and weeping a lot. So gross. Sorry to have made you lose your lunch again (that’ll teach you to continue to follow this blog!).|
One other random comment: As I was reflecting on this race, thinking about what went well, what didn’t, etc, I scolded myself for giving in to the pain coming from that blister. I allowed that sensation (pain) to consume the majority of my thoughts for a large portion of time (oh, another turn… this is going to hurt!). I work a lot on my ability to manage pain while racing, and know that I simply can’t allow myself to dwell on things like that. Pain is simply a sensation telling you something. Recognize it and then put it out of your mind.
Plus, how bad did it really hurt? It was just a blister after all (the right foot is also blistered, but about 1/4 the size and didn’t open, so didn’t bother me). So I started scolding myself for not being as hard core as I know I can be – but then looked down and gave myself a break. Because I think it did really hurt, and maybe I’m actually lucky that I didn’t start favoring that leg and doing funny things with my stride (limp).
So – there you have it! I hope to be at the next ZYY marathon – as a spectator :). Thanks for the fun comments here and through email – each one has made my day! And I’m not kidding about blister advice – please share!