Last Sunday was the New York City Marathon.
Kara Goucher one of my favorite female elite runners ran it. She went to New York, not in it to win, but hoping for a solid 2:28 race.
I remember my run last Sunday. It was windy. So windy my lips got chapped. While I was running, I was thinking… I hope it’s not this windy in NYC. If it is, there aren’t going to be any PRs, marathon times are going to be slow.
I constantly talk about the weather on this blog, as a runner the weather really does make or break us. In Kara Goucher’s case, it broke her.
Hit the wall…
and struggled to finish.
I recently read her blog post, A Bitter Sweet Return, and it almost brought me to tears. As I read her post, I felt like I was running the marathon with her, right by her side. There are¬†so many emotional moments. Ones that include…
Deciding to run the first ten miles with the lead pack.
At mile 9, realizes the others aren’t intimidated and slowed down by the wind. Her game plan back fires. She went out too fast, causing her to burn out.
Slowing down running the next 10 miles solo.¬†
Goucher spots¬†Edna Kiplagat at mile 18, and uses her as a target. Unfortunately, she barely passes her, and never regains energy.¬†
Continues running to mile 24, knowing her coach would be there. But being too delirious that she runs right by him, never seeing nor hearing his support.
“I have at times been criticized for showing so much emotion.¬†¬†I wear my heart on my sleeve and have never been good at ‚Äúkeeping it together.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†
- The wind effects them.
- They go out too fast.
- They don’t want to run alone.
- They use other runners as a focus target… to run faster in hopes to regain energy.
- They look for familiar support at mile markers.
- ¬†They get delirious…
- ¬†They make it to the finish line.
- ¬†They never regret running.
- ¬†They have determination that the next run will be better.