2013 LA Marathon Hurt Me Lots
Just home from running the LA Marathon. I’m showered and, thankfully, walking again. When I walked in the door I could barely pick up my right leg to take a step, the combo of an injury from today’s run and being overly chilled.i
I started out as many do, feeling great, running too fast. I registered too late to get a corral seed so I crossed the starting line about five minutes after the gun. I was hoping to run with the 3:35 pace group today (my scheduled training run was a 20-miler at 8:11 min/mile pace). I ran fast at the beginning and after 8 miles I chased down my pace group. I ran with them, more or less, until around 19 miles, when a pain in my right leg was getting too intense. I walked. I ran. It hurt. A lot. I walked some more. Ugh. I walked most of the last 5 miles. My 3:30 finish turned into 4:04. Humbling.
Now I’m wondering about my BQ goal. 3:15 in May? At 40? With a PR of 3:23 and a fail after 20 at 3:30 pace? Seems damn unlikely.
But tomorrow is a new day. The list of things I need sleep on is long.