We are heading home from a great running weekend in Virginia Beach. I’m thrilled to report that I finally broke my 3 marathon 3:58 streak finishing in 3:46. I still feel like I was capable of faster but I’ve struggled at different points during my first three marathons and I would be lying if I said that didn’t creep into my mind at times. My goal for this race wasn’t the 3:30 that I have been shooting for in all the others it was to run a smart race and to push through the pain and I feel like I did both in not completely ideal conditions( it was cold and windy!). The marathon has been such a learning experience for me and I feel like I did some things really well at Shamrock. My main focus now is to figure out the last 6 miles. I’m so good until mile 20 and was again at Shamrock but slowed by a minute or so the last six miles. On my way out the door I exchanged a few tweets with Harold from A Veteran Runnah – He wished me well and told me to trust my training – I thought of that a few times on the course when I was questioning how I felt. I’m also proud of one other small detail. This is the first marathon I didn’t walk at any point. Seems a bit crazy to even say that but I had a few small walk breaks in my first two marathons (all mental) and I had to walk a few miles at Marine Corps (That was entirely physical – I could hardly walk!). I really am more motivated than ever to continue to push and reach my full potential.
I will recap my run and the event in more detail later this week. I will also let Tamara post about her run but lets just say she rocked her 1/2.