As soon as I crossed the finish line of my first marathon almost 3 years ago, I new I wanted to do another one. I could hardly walk for days and developed a nagging injury that brought some friends along, and they all stuck around for over a year and a half. But, the marathon never left my mind. I knew some day I’d be back, it just took a lot longer than I had hoped for.
In 2011 I was slowly able to start running again, overcoming a long bout of Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles, and calf problems. In the spring I put in for the St. George Lottery. I’ve heard it’s really hard to get into, so I figured I wouldn’t get in for 2011 and would try again in 2012, and then get guaranteed entry for 2013. So much for my plan…I received an email saying I got in for 2011 just as I was getting out of a boot for an Achilles injury. With a little over 4 months to train from zero to 26.2, I set out to finally get to run my second marathon. On October 1, 2011 I ran the St. George Marathon. As my luck would have it, race day was one of the hottest on record for St. George. I remember my husband dropping me off at the bus at 5am and it was already 78 degrees in the pitch dark morning. While the race starts up the mountain where it is cooler, by the time you are running 4 hours back into town with no shade, it got hotter than I could handle. My goal for the race was to hopefully qualify for Boston (I needed to hit 3:45).
I was on track to do this through mile 23, but then the heat got the best of me. It took me about an hour to go the last 3.2 miles. I still don’t know how I even made it to the finish line, but some how I did and then I got to visit all the nice volunteers in the medical tent while they brought me back from the depths of dehydration. That was fun.
Seeing as I really only ran 23 miles that day, once I got home from Utah, I recovered fairly quickly. I took it easy by doing some cross training and not running for a week, and then I got back out there. A week after my recovery week I ran a half marathon with my friend who was running her first half. We ran it in 1:55 and it felt great.
Come back for Part 2 of “It’s a long road to Boston” when I run my next 2 marathons and go sub 4.
Have any of you run Boston or are working to qualify? If so, what was your journey to get there? Know anyone else that has a goal of running Boston some day?