What a weekend! From being in a commercial, to working the US Olympic Team Trials, to the running of my first Los Angeles Marathon, I had a very exciting and eventful weekend. With all that happened, it is time to take a step back and reflect on the weekend that was.
I finished Sunday’s race in a time of 3:57:27 and while not a personal best, I am very happy with the mark. I went into the race with a few goals in mind but with unseasonably hot temperatures in the forecast there was no reason to go out and try to prove something on this day.
I was once told, “don’t sign up for your next marathon until you have forgotten your last marathon.” After cheering the LA Marathon in 2015 I thought I would like to run it one day but coming off a disappointing race at the Phoenix Marathon a couple of weeks earlier, I was in no hurry to make that commitment.
Having not run much the second half of 2015 I felt like it was time to get back in the groove. I started training for LAM before I had signed up but I was not ready to commit. In fact, it was not until the final day to be placed in a corral that I finally pulled the trigger but even then I was not fully committed to running the race.
As I continued to train I started to feel better about my decision and by the time Sunday was here, I was glad I had signed up.
My training was great! I really slowed down on my long runs and was very consistent in my workouts. I even logged my highest mileage month of 201 in January. I was headed into my fourth marathon on a good note.
Despite my training I was again reminded just how difficult the marathon is and around mile 21 or 22 I found the heat to be an issue. For the most part there was plenty of shade along the course but for a couple of miles late there was no relief from the direct sun so I made the decision to back off my pace and make sure I made it to the finish line with a smile. Mother nature helped out by keeping the marine layer over Santa Monica the final two miles and it was the cooler weather which allowed me to push through to the finish line even though I was ready to be done running.
I cannot understate the value of having friends or family along the course to cheer you on. Just knowing that there were friends at mile 12 and the #WeRunSocial crew was waiting at mile 18 made all the difference in the world. There is just something about that friendly smile and encouraging word which gives one the strength to keep moving.
Now it is time to start focusing on the half again. I have a personal record of 1:40 and I would like to lower that time this year. I am sure I will run another marathon but I am in no hurry.
Oh yeah, and I got victory kiss even though I did not win the race.