Earlier this year I was inspired by Sayre Kulp's list of goals for the year and felt that that was exactly what I needed to challenge and hold myself accountable for various sporting endeavors.
Yesterday I completed the most difficult objective on my list, a marathon, by finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. It was such an amazing experience, 40,000 runners and more than 150,000 spectators lining the course and cheering us on. The route passed many famous landmarks and finished at Arlington Cemetery which was very inspirational.
It was very cold at the start with a wind chill of 27 deg but things warmed up a little as the sun came up and it turned out to be a great day to run. I was very nervous, worrying if I would be able to finish as I had not been able to train for 3 months due to IT band issues. I had only managed to do two long runs of 13 and 18 miles which in a way kept my legs and body fresh . Thanks to all my cycling miles I was in great aerobic shape and my body managed to hold up to the pounding.
I ended up finishing in 5:15, I would have easily broke 5 hours but got a bad calf cramp at mile 22 which made the last 4 miles painful and slooooow!
All in all I'm really pleased and can't wait to complete the final goal only list, an imperial century ride. I think I will do that next week
Thanks again to Sayre for the idea, it provided me with just the framework I needed to plan my year, what a great year it's been!!!