So, I initially started this blog to keep me in check while I was training for the San Jose Rock n Roll Marathon. Well… I did it. A few weeks ago on October 2nd, I ran (and walked) my 13.1 miles.
I had been derailed a tad in September from the training schedule due to… well… life. In a nutshell, I had to find and start a new job and I had a friend pass away unexpectedly.
Anywho… the race… it was pretty awesome! I was shooting for under 3 hours (and really to beat my sister and her friend). Unfortunately, I ended up finishing a little over 3 hours (3:05). I am a little disappointed, but not really. Overall, I am really happy with my performance.
Let’s just put it this way… this is the farthest I have ever run (walked)! It was after the 10k mark where I realized my accomplishment (but had foolishly forgot that I had done a pretty good job run walking Bay to Breakers in 2009, a 12k). I was still on pace to finish under 3 hours by the 10k mark.
But by the 10 or 11 mile marker, my right leg was starting to bug me. I didn’t realize what it was until after, but it was my IT band. I was tough to move and though running on it didn’t hurt as much once i got going, I didn’t want to do any major damage and decided to just walk for the majority of the last 2-3 miles.
The last mile was really emotional. I knew I was really close to the end, but my leg was not cooperating. I think it was the LAST turn til the finish line there were many other runners with their medals cheering us on. I kept hearing, “Just around the corner.” “You are almost there” “You can do it”… and lots of cheering and clapping. As I crossed the finish line, I was overwhelmed with A LOT of emotion. I admit, I shed a tear or two. I couldn’t help it. I was proud of myself for finishing. Even though I didn’t make my goal time, I was happy.
Next ups… Rock n Roll Vegas!