|Revel Rockies Marathon--Colorado|
|Reflecting on the journey. I had already fought and trained my|
way back to the top. It was time to fight my way down
Needless to say, this comeback marathon in the Rocky Mountains meant a lot to me. I wanted to return with a Boston qualifying time and pick up right where I left off before I started getting really sick in 2012. I wanted a BQ to feel like just another marathon as it did in 2011. However, my body had been through Hell and my ferritin level is still drastically low. It was a long road back to the starting line with 90-100 mile training weeks with low ferritin. This is my last workout before the marathon:
|When in Colorado, drive a big, red truck!|
I started out running 7:11 pace with the 3:15 pace group for the first half of the marathon but because of the tangents we were averaging 7:25s based on the mile markers. If I had been running 7:25s I would have been okay. We were .2 off at the half meaning my strategy to hit the tangents did not work running in a pack with the 3:15 pace group. I let the 3:15 pace group go as we hit a long hill at mile 14 and decided to slow down while focusing more on hitting the tangents.
The second half of the marathon I struggled. I could feel my chest tightening and my legs felt really weak by mile 20. The last six miles I forced my legs to move but they were finished. My quads felt worse with each step. The mental battle began. I knew a 7:11 pace was too fast for where I am right now even though it was only about 15 seconds faster per mile than I had planned for the first half of the race. The last three miles had a sharp decline to the finish. I could feel my legs getting weak and unsteady. When I hit the last .2 of the marathon my legs just completely gave out. I finished. I collapsed. The last 10k was harder than I imagined.
|Mile 11.5 (7:11 pace but 7:25s by the mile markers)|
Thank you to my friend who is like an older brother to me--Ed for coming along to capture the comeback on video. Ed is one of the most respected PR and media professionals in Atlanta. I'm fortunate to have a friend with his impressive resume documenting my comeback journey.
|Getting some oxygen before my return|
flight back to the ATL.
|Message from my coach the night before my race.|
The journey made me strong!