Sunday, March 18, 2012
It was ugly, real ugly, and a bit long. 26.44 miles according to my Garmin. More details some other time....maybe.... suffice it to say that my knee/IT band injury was NOT healed despite every measure possible taken to do so in the last month, and at mile 2 it made its angry little presence known. I almost quit at the half (seeing as how in training I was easily keeping the half under 2 hours and today it took 2:12!!!! I knew my finishing time was not going to be the 3:59 I had hoped for, and still think I could do uninjured... but will never find out because I'm NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN!). Chip time: 4:54:57... Garmin at 26.2: 4:52:44. I'm glad I can cross it off the bucket list, though, and hope that I didn't do so much damage that after a reasonable amount of recovery and ACTUAL healing time I won't be able to go back to speeding up my shorter distances. I will say that training for this marathon taught me that I like running 15-18 milers and hope that some day I will be able to do them again, periodically, just for fun. Ha! Fun. I must be mental.