What a beautiful day to run a marathon. The atmosphere was awesome!
I would like to give my followers a recap of my 2014 L.A. Marathon experience.
I woke up the day of the marathon feeling super relaxed and legs feeling great. I knew it was going to be a great race. I started my usual race prep. I was actually warming up near the elite Ethiopian men and women runners. I found that their warm-up prep was similar to mine.
The race was starting soon so I made my way over to the start line. At this point, I’m still very relaxed and feeling confident. The gun sounds off at 7:25 a.m and the marathon begins. I started out at an even pace and remained relaxed. I ran through mile 1 through 20.5 at seven minutes' pace and was feeling great.
I started noticing a piercing sensation just below my ribcage that gradually worsened. Once I got to mile twenty-one, I could no longer run. I felt so helpless. I felt so disappointed in myself. I had all the endurance in the world and my legs where still strong. I planned and trained so hard for this race. Many runners were starting to pass me up. I knew at this point, I wasn't going to reach my goal of running sub three hours. I decided to divert to Plan B, which was to simply finish the race and try not to injure myself. I ended up finishing the race at 3:38.
Runners - please understand that sometimes you can plan for a race and totally prepare for it but the unexpected happens.
Remember to always have a Plan B and forget about finishing up the race if you need to. It's not worth the risk of sustaining serious injury. Instead, you should set your sights on completing your next race or run. I already have my sights set on my next marathon. See you at the Rock & Roll - San Diego on Sunday, June 1st, 2014!
~ Coach Jeff
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