My unofficial time for the NJ Marathon is around a 3:52. This is why I should be happy:
My 6th, 7th, and 8th marathons were all done in the span of a year.
6th marathon (May 2010): 4:13. %^&*!!!!! This was my 3 consecutive time finishing in the 4:10ish range. I was pissed.
7th marathon (October 2010): 3:58. Elated to finally break 4 hours AND score a 12-minute PR.
8th marathon (today): 3:52ish. Another PR…by about 6 minutes.
I should be thrilled, right? Usually, by your 8th marathon, PRs are hard to come by. I’m not happy though…in fact, I’m pretty bummed.
Today didn’t quite turn out as planned. No BQ and no 3:50. What makes me SO mad is that I ran faster training runs than I did today. I knew I could do it.
The sun took a toll on me. Temperature-wise the weather was perfect. But the sun was relentless. Running down the shore can be tough. Lots of long stretches of black asphalt and no shade. Today was no different. Not a cloud in the sky. Perfect beach day, but not for a race.
My left quad cramped up pretty badly at mile 20. This has never happened before so I think it may have been the heat…I was possibly getting dehydrated? Stretching helped for a little while but I ended up doing a “skip-limp” for the last 1.5 miles.
I’m allowing myself to feel bad for today ONLY. I know I’m being very hard on myself. I’m hoping in a few days I’ll actually be happy about my PR!
Full recap to come this week (with pictures)!
Again…thank you all for your texts, emails, tweets, and kind messages. I thought about all my loving family, friends, and blog buddies a lot during the race.
Congrats to everyone who raced today…Broad Street Runners, Big Sur, and Eugene runners!