Then, some funny things happened on the way to the Forum. For starters, I didn’t even run a half marathon, all year. I did PR in the 10k, minutes after learning Nathaniel had been in a car accident that brought a house down....well at least a garage. My 100 mile attempt, while a great learning experience, ended much the same way Nathaniel's car and said garage did.
So, I thought I’d salvage what was left of a Summer of hard work with an attempt at Qualifying for Boston at the Tri Cities Marathon, in Richland WA last weekend. I needed 3:30 to qualify for Boston, 8:00 minute pace. It’s not so much that I’ve gone out too fast in the last few, it’s more what those early miles have taken out of me mentally.
|Just before the start.|
|Mile 14 and blue skies.|
time. I was now 2 minutes back. I felt strong and was ready for work to begin. The wind was now 25 mph straight into our face and would be that way the entire 10 miles coming back in. I ran as hard as I've ever run in a marathon from 17 to 20, but my times were 8:15, 8:21 and 8:23, this felt like 7:30 effort and maybe it was. The wind was so strong at times that it would blow me off line, at mile 20, almost 4 minutes down and not able to get close to 8:00 pace. I went through a very strange 2 minutes of pragmatism arguing with desperation and realized, it was over. I took my foot off the gas and enjoyed an easy run in.
While 2010 won’t end with a long list of accomplishments, it might be my most satisfying year running. The run from The Dalles to Sisters really cemented my love for multi day journey running that will be a big part of my running in the future. I also think I truly understand some things that I thought I knew, but I really didn’t comprehend.
I’ve got a lot of ideas for 2011, but all of those decisions will have to wait until after Dec 4th.