|Photo doesn't due justice to bleach burns.|
|Always nice to be WELCOMED Home.|
|A few easy runs with famous models.|
That takes us up to the week before the IMS Arizona Marathon. I flew home from Mississippi on Sunday the 10th. I did not run due to being too sore. Monday I was able to squeeze a whopping 1.75 miles out of my legs prior to walking home due to hurting too bad. Tuesday was a very painful 11 mile run, still scratching the bottom of the confidence barrel. Wednesday morning was a terrible 7 mile run which I had to stop a few times in order to complete, but then the darnest thing happen. By Wednesday night I was ready for a speed workout. I did 2 miles hard, 1 mile hard, half mile hard, not the splits I usually run but at least I was able to run a decent pace. From there until race morning on Sunday the 17th it was all easy runs to prep to race well. Nothing to gain confidence...
My race strategy matched my state of mind. The goal was to break the course record of 2:37, but the probability was not too high in my mind. The race was started with a loud yell of "GO", I must have missed the news of starters pistols being banned. Anyway I set off on a 26.2 mile journey. Hoping to find my confidence, hoping to find that finish line, and hoping to break that course record. Hope is what happens when you are not sure of your fitness. Hope is all you can grasp on to when you are not your normal self.
|My son, Miles, was excited to see Daddy's trophy!|