|Be jealous of my style. I rock those frumpy shorts!|
|I had tripped over my dog Grace two week earlier and injured by IT Band. That brace didn't help even a little.|
I had just finished my marathon in 4:36:55.
I needed a 3:40:59
I only needed to drop almost an hour off my finish time.
My nativity was adorable and makes me laugh.
BUT even though I kind of knew how big of a goal that was I felt even back then that I could do it. Chalk it up to a healthy self esteem and very little knowledge on how hard it is to increase your pace to knock almost AN HOUR off your time, but I believed!
I signed up for the St. George Marathon for that October. (Because clearly I could be ready for a 3:40 finish in 6 months.)
It was really hot...but I got my first sub 4:00 marathon with a finish time of 3:58:07.
I decided that doing another marathon two months later was going to be the ticket. Tucson, AZ baby! Down hill!...4:20:54. It wasn't pretty and kind of made me hate running for about 24 hours.
That rainy season I met Running Buddy Amy and we started training together. We both really liked the idea of a down hill race so we signed up for the St. George Marathon. It was hot. Again. 3:53:15!
We decided that destination marathons might not be for us.
Amy found the Newport Marathon and we began our marathon training....again.
Amy squeaked in with a 3:35:09 (by this time the standards had changed and we needed a 3:35 marathon) I was...not so close:) 3:44:05
I should just point out right here, that one of my greatest and most well known traits/talents is to (figuratively) bang my head against the hardest wall I can find until it finally gives up. I'm a middle child and a Scorpio. I do not change my mind.
We went back to Newport this year and I got even closer to my 3 year old goal. 3:43:26
My only answer was to find another marathon and do it! I just KNEW I could do it this year.
Tunnel Lite Marathon....3:37:46!
6 marathons later...
I made my goal!