I have a full race recap planned for later this week, but I wanted to pop in and say hello.
The race was tough. Really tough. The Professor says he was close to tears once or twice (although he might have just said that to make me feel better), and I definitely cried once or twice.
We were prepared for the distance. We trained. We tapered. We hydrated. We fueled. We were prepared for everything that was in our control.
What we weren’t prepared for? The unseasonably hot temperatures. The high levels of humidity. The course being cut short by two miles. Not finishing those last few miles together.
The race was tough. But we finished. The Professor ran his first marathon and I had almost a 3 minute PR on my marathon time. It was crazy hard turning around on the course to add mileage, but I’m so glad I made that decision and crossed the line with 26.2 miles logged.
My heart goes out to the runners who were diverted off the course and to those runners who only logged 24.5. I think the race officials made the right call on shutting the course down due to heat, but I can’t imagine what is going through the minds of all those runners who trained for so long and weren’t able to finish the race.
The great thing about running though, is that that there is always another race to be run.