Last weekend I ran in the 2013 Houston Marathon. I am very excited that I was able to finish without seriously injuring myself and my hamstrings held up just fine. I had a bit of a scare with my ankle but nothing a week off won’t fix.
This gives me the green light to be able to go at it in training again. I’ve been hesistant to do the volume and hard surface training that I have in the past because I was worried my legs couln’t take it. But if they can get through that I am pretty sure they are ready for anything.
Now the race itself certainly wasn’t perfect. In fact it got downright ugly. At 10 miles my legs felt like they normally do at 20 and I knew I was in for a long day when I wanted to drop out well before 17.
Going into the race I thought I could dip under 235 even on a bad weather day. Almost every marathon I’ve done has been in extreme weather. But I didn’t realize how cold and tight I would get and how thrashed my legs would feel so early on. And really what’s the difference between 234 and 239? Not that much. I would have placed one spot higher and made bit more money. Sure I’m competitive and would liked to have beat the woman ahead of me but at least it gives me something to build on. And while its a huge bonus that I’m excited about I certainly don’t run for the money.
I’m actually quite happy with the result. The me from a few years ago probably wouldn’t be. She would be beating herself up for running so “slow”. But if I’ve learned anything in the past year or two of injuries it’s thats you gotta find the positives and thats what I’m focusing on. I finished a marathon on a brutal weather day when I felt worse than I ever have. I’m proud of myself for sticking it out.
The best part? I still believe.
HUGE THANKS to the Houston Marathon Organizers for having me, my amazing parents for making the trip out, coach Brad for the insight, and all of YOU. I feel so much support from so many and I’m very grateful.