On December 4, 2011 I ran the California International Marathon. My running partner, Megan had trained diligently and did all her speedwork but had to pull out of the race for health reasons. I, on the other hand, trained haphazardly and did barely any speedwork. Plus my ass (piriformis) hurt. A lot. I had low expectations for this race.
Turns out, I did pretty awesome. I didn’t break 4 hours, but I was damn close. I’m kind of glad that I didn’t break 4 without Megan and with such crappy training. I didn’t want to encourage the slacker mentality.
The second semester of nursing school wasn’t nearly as busy as the first, but it was still pretty study intensive. Along with studying, I was commuting 3 hours a day, doing paperwork for clinical, going to clinical, spending time with my family, running every day, and somehow sleeping every night (for short periods of time some nights). My training peaked around 42 miles a week, which is not nearly enough to result in a fabulous race experience. I was randomly doing speedwork every few weeks. And, like I said, my ass hurt really badly. Regardless, I decided to stay the course (ha) and do the stupid marathon.
I am so glad I did. It ended up being my best marathon experience so far. The race was fabulously organized with a net downhill. Megan was right, the hills weren’t that bad. I would go up a little hill then cruise down a little further. It was a fast course. Even though I had many setbacks, I ran my best marathon. I felt fantastic for most of the race. I was actually ahead of the 4 hour pace group until mile 23ish, which is when I started to lose steam.
I ended up finishing at 4:01:28. At one point during the race, I was damn sure I was going to break four hours. Then I hit mile 23ish and was totally okay with “close to 4 hours.” Honestly, I didn’t deserve to break 4 this race.
I will run the CIM again next year and I will put in the training to ensure I break that elusive 4 hour mark. Megan will be with me this time, I hope. It just wasn’t the same without her.
The year 2011 brought me wonderful running experiences. Let’s review, shall we?
2/13/11: Willits Classic 10 Miler, 1:21:48, PR
4/16/11: Donut Run 5k, 23:30, PR
5/15/11: Spring Has Sprung 10k, 49:00, PR
11/24/11: Day 365 of Running Streak
12/4/11: California International Marathon, 4:01:28, PR
Yearly running total: 1629.7 miles, 2 full marathons, running streak maintained.
Not bad. The mileage could have been better but I was in a running funk for the month of December while I let my ass heal. I can feel my motivation brewing again. You know, just in time for my third semester of nursing school.
I am looking forward to 2012 and what it will bring me. A sub-4 marathon, I hope.