I've won my age group in races before - even in my first marathon - but I've never been as proud of winning as this. This wasn't an easy race to run. I was injured before the race even started, my pacing went to sh*t at mile 1, everything was hurting by mile 12 and I had to really push myself to keep going. My time was 3:08:48. I finished 15th woman, 118th overall. I qualified for Boston 2016. But when I was done, all I could think of was that I wanted to have run it faster. And the fact that I could barely walk. Now all I can think is that I want to run again.
It's interesting how a couple months can change things. Looking back, I am thankful for the race I ran, for what it taught me, and for everything I learned leading up to it. I love that I fought hard and earned this award, and for that I will cherish it. However, I will also let it be my reminder to train smarter and pace better. And to listen to my body so that I will be ready to run again.
|Photo credit: Brian Wolski|