Monday, October 24, 2011
Rock and Roll St Louis
I then go back to the Drury Inn to relax as the girls check out St Louis.
This took me back to my 22 mile training run where as I ran further I felt like my left leg would get weaker and try to give out on me.
I decided as usual I would power through this wall and get to the most famous wall of them all mile 22. This of course was at a hill and my legs were starting to do things I have never felt before. Good lord will I make it. Again I had to strategize in order to ensure success.
How do we measure success though? Is it in meeting a self imposed goal or in finishing what we start?
I started to feel like I could not move my legs by mile 24 where I met a 2nd time marathoner from Missouri. We talked each other through about a half mile to the next water stop. I then met a guy who was running with his older brother but he was cramping worse than me. We spoke as we barely jogged until the last water stop at about 25.2. I got going and made it up to exactly mile 26 where my cramps went from my toes up through my chest . I hunched over and tried to massage it out. I lost 10 minutes right here. The best part was I was less than 1000 meters from the finish. I ran for a bit walked for a bit and then pushed to the final curve. I could see the finish and the crowds yelling and screaming. I knew I did not make my goal time, but I made it. I looked to my right and saw my girls. I ran over and kissed each of them then ran through the finish having accomplished one of the top things on my list.
I did it. even though I did not make my goal I did it in 4:30:09 not bad for my first time .
On to Savannah now for a family Half-Marathon