Heck of a first marathon for a former long jumper! (about: 1997)|
Sandy from Belize/Honduras/PR this month - Louisiana is home (5/15/00)
Why would a 53 year old former long jumper want to run a marathon? I still don't know. After running a 1:45 pace first half (2:01 actual counting pottie breaks) and the rain started, I realized all the weeks of training would have been better utilized had I started a little bit slower. Too late, Jack! After leaving White Rock Lake at mile 18 or so, the climb began until the 'real' hill at 22, and I learned a lot about myself. I'm not sure I can verbalize it, but I hope I wasn't talking out loud...had I been, I'm sure the men in white coats would've met me at the finish line 2-1/2 hours later. Anybody else been there? Haven't had a drink in 17 years, but at about 20 miles at the beer table, I was tempted. However, I just smiled and plodded on. Did the remaining miles alternating run/crawl according to the cramp schedule, and finished the last mile in 7:15 due to hearing the PA system in the distance. I'm not sure it's a good 'race' for the beginner, but it's there, and my 4:30:26 will forever be etched in memory. Torn PCL in late 1998 prevented my running much distance in 98/99, and working/running in Belize this year has spurred me on to greater dreams. Why not try something a little different....Dallas got me hooked. Now I'm training for the Comrades in South Africa...and the rubber room awaits....