In the coming years, when I look back on the 2014 St. George Marathon, I will remember it as one of the greatest races of my career and one of the most impressive things I have ever physically accomplished. Not because of my time, but because I never should have been able to finish as well as I did with the lack of training time that I had put in. I checked my training journal to see just how undertrained I really was. I had run a grand total of 14 times in the seven weeks leading up to the marathon with a long run of 10 miles one week before the race. As I typed that last sentence, one thought ran through my head. What the hell were you thinking?! There was no eating healthy. There was not one week where I had run more than two to three times, and there were no long runs of 20-23 miles. A reasonable person would have called off the race. In fact, I did call of the race in a post I wrote on September 5th. So why did I end up running a race that I knew I was not ready for?
I ran because I felt like a quitter for calling off the race.
I ran so my daughter will know that her dad does not quit when things get hard
I ran because I wanted to see my running family
I ran because I wanted to continue on the path toward running 10 St. George Marathons so I won’t have to go through the lottery process (this year was my 6th St. George).
I ran because, quite frankly, I wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge that running a marathon so physically unprepared presented.
Finally, I ran because I wanted to prove to myself that I could still run the marathon distance, even if I am about 50-60 pounds overweight.
Still smiling as I enter the expo.