American Pharaoh just blasted past two horses to win the 141st Kentucky Derby. I would love to write that I did the same to win the 14th Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon the weekend before on April 25th. However, I would need the field to be about 7 slow people in total rather than my fellow 1500 rain soaked runners.
Sparkling times in the 3:30s seemed to have fully slipped out of my grasp, and this race, thanks to a few longer bathroom stops was my slowest marathon ever at just under 4:45. I’ve spent more time on a course but only for longer distances. In fact, I completed two 50Ks (31 miles) faster!
So whilst state 31 got notched where ever one notches completed marathon states, I need to look at other qualities of my runs rather than purely completion time.
First, just finishing really needs to be goal one. Determination and heart cannot be ignored when running 26.2 miles. The distance and time both are too long to do it all on skill and physical ability. Or perhaps more accurately stated, part of the skill needed is mental. This is less about willing myself to keep running (usually) but more this is about running well. Can I keep a good pace, my heart rate in a good zone and my mind clear? Yes on this race at least!
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