|2013 Big Sur Marathon #97 w/my Dad (photo: Chris)|
|Left broken pinkie (photo: Ijaz)|
I returned home with a refreshed outlook and reminded myself what truly is important to me: to treasure the life we have and do everything possible to live happy with the ones we love because tomorrow is never, ever promised. It's our responsibility to give ourselves the life we love. There is this amazing quote I remind myself from time to time that it is our responsibility to find our extraordinary. Not be inadequate in what we do but discover we are powerful beyond measure. Back to the trails I went day after day focusing for one good month on Pikes Peak. Race day came and I was grateful to have pushed to improve 1hr 37min on that course to finish in 7:10 for marathon #102. America's Ultimate Challenge delivered.
***I went from finishing marathons in 4:30s in May and June when I stopped training for 1-2 months to 3:50s in July back to 3:20 at Big Cottonwood. Am I lucky to run as relatively fast as I do? No. I have to work for it. If I don't, I slow down and don't see the results I want. Is my life one straight arrow immune to drama? No. Life happens. However, running has taught me to roll with it. When times get tough, I need to be tougher. Big Cottonwood is the beginning of my fall season. I've taken my training back to the trails where I am most at peace. I am beginning to increase my mileage slightly and aim to be a stronger trail runner taking my long runs to local peaks such as Baldy, Gorgonio, Wilson, and Sequoia. I was able to get myself back into 3:20 shape in about one month of speed work even after walking 1min every mile during that last 10K having shot quads. I see each month as a new opportunity to work towards my goals. Each day is a new opportunity to value our journey. I have many blessings in my life and I am grateful for them. I also recognize how much work needs to be put into something I really value. Life will throw at you the most soul shaking challenges, but it will make you stronger. I choose to treasure each day and love this life with all its twists and turns. Running has given me this gift. To value life daily. Remain dedicated to your goals, remind yourself daily what is your motivation, and you will achieve your highest dreams. Everyday is an opportunity for adventure.
Till the next one.... Chicago Marathon and next my first trail 50M.
3:20:40 (7:38 av.pace)
Fastest: 6:30 - Mile 3
Slowest: 10:00 - Mile 24
Half splits 1:32/1:47
4th in Division (F25-29)
22nd Female Overall of 733
120th Overall of +1,300
15th 2013 marathon
18th sub-4 state
53rd Boston Qualifier
53rd Boston Qualifier
72nd sub-4 marathon
103rd marathon total
Memorable 2013 Marathons
|Running with An Angel 3:38, 2nd FOA|
|Catalina Trail Marathon 3:59, 4th FOA|
|LA Marathon 3:16:05 *PR|
|Boston Marathon 3:21:17 *course PR|
|Pikes Peak Marathon 7:10:46 *course PR|