How do you make God laugh?
Tell Him your plans.
We thought it was a modest goal. Run the Marine Corps Marathon in under 4 hours. Heck, we’d been lucky enough get into the race in the first place (it’s a lottery entry). And we’d run our last marathon, Baltimore, in 4 hours 10 minutes. The Marine Corps route is much less hilly than Baltimore. Surely we could shave off a measly 10 minutes. Our pace was on track from our last long training run, 22 miles. We got this.
Sigh. We walked the last 6 miles of the course and made it past the finish line in a little under 5 hours. 😦
Now the question is, resignation or revenge?
Training for a marathon takes a lot of time. Starting your runs at 6 AM. Running in the dark. Running for 3+ hours straight on the long runs. Is it worth 10 minutes? Maybe we should stick to 1/2 marathons.
Still. Just one more race? Just one under 4 hours. Then we could stop. Then we’d be satisfied.