“Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing.” – Frank Shorter.
Plan was for 10 km but had to stop early coz of mistake ❌ ➡️ of not carrying enough water in this weather. Lesson learnt.
Some days the marathon (26.2 miles) can be a breeze (Boston in a Nor'Easter) and some days a pain cave (Tacoma's new course on a 99% humid day). What I learned today pacing the Tacoma City Marathon 3:40 group, while in said pain cave, is that the marathon is work and that at any moment, any marathon race can and will humble you.
It's work to get to that finish line.
It's work to tackle a challenging course.
It's work to achieve that PR (personal record).
It's work to mentally push the negative thoughts aside and forge ahead, step by step.
And it's definitely work to get a BQ (Boston Qualifier) to enter the most prestigious race this side of amateur runners.
The greatest achievement of these is not giving in and mentally pursuing that finish line when you feel the worst, when you feel defeated. That finish line is not yours to take until you cross that line.
Thank you to my good friend and wonderful pace partner, Mark Slater, for picking up the slack when I lost control on my hydration and forging ahead. You're a natural at pacing and I hope you'll do it again. 🙏
Congratulations to Krissteen Beard on accomplishing not one but two goals today: a big PR and a BQ!! This was not an easy course to meet either goal and yet you worked your tail off and you took that finish line like it was yours. I know great things are coming your way in future races this year and I hope you'll be in Boston to toe the line with me in 2018. 🏆💙💛 ____________________________________