Notice the crappy form. Lost all form at about mile 11 or 12.
I downloaded some of my pictures from the race today; thought you might like to see one. Pretty huh? I look pale, tired, and ready to drop. All I wanted to do once I crossed the finish line was to find Rick and get some water. Some kid came up and started messing with my shoe and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing down there, so I kicked my foot a little bit to try and shake him off. I thought he was trying to take my shoes off; I didn’t know that he was just after my timing chip, oops, sorry for kicking you. He probably thought I was crazy.
And yes that is an Ipod attached to my pants. I know….I know….most people try not to run with an Ipod in these types of events. I use mine more or less to deaden the sound of my train like breathing (exercise induced asthma). If I don’t, I just tend to focus on my breathing and then I start thinking that if I’m breathing that hard then it must be hard and I think that I need to slow down (not that I run super fast anyway).
After I found Rick and got my water and a snack, we went over and watched more people coming up (yes, the finish was uphill) the finish chute. I immediately got involved in a conversation with another runner about how great the course was and how well supported and beautiful it was. She had ran the half marathon this year, but said that she ran the marathon last year and that the marathon course was even better then the half course. I told her that I had not yet ran a marathon, but my next goal was to do one in the fall. As soon as the words came out, I was shocked, not more then fifteen minutes earlier, I was vowing that I would never run another race again and here I was talking about running a marathon. I’m stupid. I guess it’s like childbirth, you forget the pain.
So, now I need to find a marathon. I’ve looked into San Antonio, Chicago, Tuscon, and the Denver marathon. I would prefer to sign up for one at sea level since I’ve been doing all of this training at altitude. Any suggestions? I will most definitely sign up for the Ft Collins marathon next May.