I feel much better today, mostly in part to the kind comments and emails from all of you! I have to share with you a comment that Cindi made, which really sums up why marathoning can be so rewarding and frustrating at the same time.
We – distance runners of multiple marathons – are too hard on ourselves. We work ourselves like crazy for month after month until we KNOW we are ready to nail a certain time. But then the conditions aren’t right. Or we have an off day. Or something. There’s always something that seems to get in the way. The most frustrating part, with marathons, is that it is such a long process and takes so much out of us that we can’t just try again next week. Which is frustrating and disappointing.
Well said, Cindi!
The NJ Marathon “sorta” posted official race results this morning. I say “sorta” because I have a gun time but no chip time. Although I think my gun time – 3:52:59 – is really my chip time. I remember crossing the finish line and looking at the clock and it read 3:53:16 (I was about 15-20 seconds behind the gun time).
What made me happy? My overall gender results and age group results…
Gender place: 134/721
Age group place: 25/121
Race recap will be up tomorrow!