2 weeks before the marathon, I injured my achilles and had to take a lot of days off. I didn't run much the last two weeks of my training. Great.
1 week before the marathon, I got the flu. Awesome.
2 days before the marathon, I got a sore throat and a massive amount of congestion. Seems about right.
|This is definitely what I want before a marathon|
This just wasn't meant to be my race, I guess. My body was using all of it's energy fighting off sicknesses and I knew the marathon would be a struggle if I even lined up.
My goal: Go for it, but know that I could damn well crash early. I knew my body could run out of energy and then I'd just have to try and take it easy.
My sister and I arrived at the convention center about an hour before the race started. She was running her 2nd half marathon! We checked our bag and all that jazz and walked out to the corrals. As I was walking towards corral A, people were saying they closed the gate already. I wasn't havin' that. I jumped an 8 foot fence and was in corral A. I wiggled my way to the start with a few minutes to spare. I really need to get better at getting to my corral earlier.
The gun went off and I was ready for what could be a very long day. I had high hopes, but knew anything could happen. I ran the first 9 or so miles and they felt great. I was feeling confident and I was on pace. I thought today might be the day. The weather was perfect and I was holding myself back when I saw my pace drop to 6:40. My legs wanted to fly but I was holding out until the half point. I wanted to take it easy and then pick it up.
At mile 10 something changed, I was having a hard time keeping my pace. All of a sudden I had to work very hard to even run 7:15/7:30. I knew I was done. I had 16 miles to go and I knew it would be a journey. It was nice out at least.
Here were my splits
Mile 15... getting to be 'paced' by my brother-in-law.
Mile 21: Michelob Ultra Party Zone... yes I stopped for beer
Mile 23: Karbach Brewing Tent... I may or may not have had an IPA
Mile 26.2: Finishing 16 of the longest miles of my life
Everywhere: All the fans and volunteers commenting on my shorts. Literally got 100+ comments on them. It was awesome.
|My sister got a new PR!|
|Houston Marathon 2014 Finishers Medal|
|Meb Keflezighi speaking at the expo|
|Bib signed by Meb|
I really enjoy the Houston Marathon. They put on such a good event and I will probably end up running it again in the near future. The expo is one of the only expos I actually enjoy going to. The course is great. The spectators are great. The post race food is great. It was all around a great event.
A few pictures and things I did while in Houston:
|yeah, this was tasty|
|One of the best signs I have seen at a marathon|
|I earned this thing|
So, what's on the agenda now? I am gonna try and heal my body and achilles. I am still sick so I am trying to get a lot of rest. It is extremely cold in MN, so I am not itching to get outside anyway. I think I am going to hold off on the BQ dream until Chicago this fall. I need to focus on getting healthy and getting back into a solid training schedule. I am going to pace a few races coming up and I am running the Georgia Marathon, but that will be strictly for fun and used as a training run. I am still debating on Grandmas yet. I want to run it and if I do, I will have fun with that one as well. Grandmas is just too much fun to miss out on.