Monday, November 17, 2014
Silver Linings to My Marathon Woes
In a recent Blog Post, I did my best to identify whatever silver linings (life lessons) I could find in the midst of feeling very disappointed at having failed in my ultimate marathon goal I had been working on since January 2011.
New Braunfels, Texas, I found another silver lining by recording a new personal best for the half-marathon race distance.
I also finished first in my age group (I love small town road races! SMILE) My time was 1 hour 32 minutes and 36 seconds (1:32.36). I am making progress toward reaching my mid-term goal (sub 1:30), and my ultimate goal (sub 1:20).
The BEST part about the entire race was that I was able to avoid the dreaded "WALL" that almost always cuts my legs off somewhere during the second 13 miles of a full marathon. I cannot adequately express how much more I like running half marathons than marathons. It was wonderful beyond words to be able to finish after 13.1 miles instead of merely being half done with the race with a growing knowledge that the "WALL" is looming. While a marathon is twice as long as a half-marathon, it often feels about 10 times harder.
In the short run, a team, organization, or other entity can lie, cheat, and manipulate its way to a competitive advantage. But in the LONG...