Will I do a 5th one? Probably. But I still want to change a few things. I want to run a better pace. This ain't my first rodeo. I know the course and I know how to prep. I should be able to beat my older times. I need to train more for longer distances. I need to build my stamina. Above all, I need to not drink as much water during the course of the run (negative side effects).
I also really want to enjoy the run more. I am so focused on beating my old times and doing well, that I tend to zone out on the sideline activities/events. At times, I will plug into my iPod and ignore all else. That's a shame, since there is a ton of stuff going on on the sidelines. I appreciate the massive crowds that cheer the runners on. My brother and his wife came out at 0800 to root me on around mile 5. I was so absorbed into my pace/run, I barely acknowledged them. I don't want to be that kind of runner. I want to enjoy the run, have fun (and still beat my old times). Some of my run pictures look like (to me) like I have gas.
A few more pictures from the race/sidelines just to show it wasn't all pain & sweat...
|Many funny signs along the route|
|Not quite as stylish as Abby's tights|
|Uhh, not sure what to say|
|Saw lots of Golden Retrievers along the route. |
This dog has been a regular supporter for the last 7 Marathons
|No freakin way|
|Yes, these two were running the full Marathon like this|