So here it is-
As much as I consider myself a marathoner because running and training have become such a part of who I am, the truth is I have only run 1 marathon. In January of 2012, over a year ago, I ran the Disney World Marathon and it was UGLY. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. At about mile 10 I started experiencing extreme pain and from mile 11 to mile 15 my times dropped from 10:30 per mile to almost 15 minutes per mile. I was barely shuffling along. I spent every mile from 15 – 25 telling myself what an idiot I was, how I had trained for so long and blown it all, how miserable marathon running was, and wondering why idiotic people would every choose to willing inflict that sort of pain and torture on themselves. Crazy, stupid marathoners!
…and then I ambled across the finish line in 5:13:31.
I was addicted. Yes, it was horrid. Yes, I was in extreme pain. However, I was a marathoner. I instantly started to plan out my next race. I knew that I could not live with a 5:13 time and suddenly everything become about my goal to run more races, to challenge myself, to improve – I wanted to show myself what I was made of.
Then at the end of January 2012, less than two weeks after the marathon, my first injury hit and I was off running for 2 months and then slowly recovering. I wasn’t even back to full strength when injury two struck and I was put off running again. 2012 was a wash. I had planned another marathon for the fall of that year, but had to defer the Marine Corp race due to my injury and physical therapy. 2012 was all about trying to get healthy and to learn a bit about being a smarter runner.
So here I am over a year later and marathon number two is less than 2.5 weeks away (marathon number 3 is Marine Corp this October). I am beyond excited about the Country Music marathon in Nashville. This is my chance to prove that after my horrible first marathon and a year full of injuries I can in fact comebetter and show that I am capable of a better marathon. However, I am also a bit nervous: I am still not 100%, this marathon is full of hills which I HATE, and even though I trained hard for it everything fell apart at my last marathon.
This is where you come in:
Help me get ready for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville in just over two weeks (and then the Marine Corp Marathon in Oct) by telling me:
What is the best racing advice you ever got?
Also, Mizuno was kind enough to send me two new pairs of Wave Creations (the only shoes I will ever run in) for my marathon. I had 5 pairs of model 13 (you can see the seafoam, ruby red, and purple above – the other two have already been retired), but I am super excited to try out these brand new Wave Creation 14s as I heard they have the same great bottom plate and cushioning, but a lighter upper. Question – Which Wave Creations should I run the marathon in? White and purple or red and black?