Twice The Fun
- It started with the Marathon on the 25th of August at Rockland Park,
upstate New York. A race I was nervous about One I couldn't wait to
be over with! 26 miles around a three mile loop an a relatively flat
and shady course. My aim was to go under 4hrs 20mins- a 10 minute per
mile pace. The goal was in reach until just before the half-way mark,
all I wanted to do was stop and watch the other runners fly by, they
made it look so easy!. My knees started to painfully swell. The last
two laps seemed like an eternity Finally I made it in 4 hours 56
mins. Not the time I wanted, but with less than 5 weeks training not
a bad effort!
Hours after completing this feat I was surprisingly looking forward to
the 47-mile race Time for recovery before this race began was less
than 48 hours. In fact it started just after midnight on the 27th of
My legs felt fine, my energy levels were good, I had completed the 47
mile ultra marathon previously.. "Just start," I thought to myself.
"See what you can do!"
We started and my legs were instantly screaming "Stop! Stop!"
Stiffness enveloped my whole being. It was only lap one for Gods
Sake! I had to at least get through the first hour.
It was a hard race from the onset. Amazing to think that there were
other runners out there that ran for months on end, to complete the
world's longest footrace of 3100miles.
Even though I only managed to complete 32.74 miles I was very grateful
for the experience and the opportunity to participate. In fact my
marathon time for the 47-mile race was only half an hour slower that
the marathon days earlier!
Train harder and run faster!
There is always another opportunity to transcend.