After missing the Olympic Standard by sixty-five seconds at the 118th Boston Marathon, I set a goal to go after the Olympic standard of 2:18 at the Twin Cities Marathon. Why Twin Cities? The weather is consistently ideal, the course is fast and being a US Championship was an extra bonus.
|(un) Lucky bib no. 13|
|8 bottles and Gu (5 water, 3 mixed)|
|Leading the pack at mile 7 (5:10)|
We worked together from miles 13 to 16 and were hitting our paces right on. At about 16.5 miles, I felt a sharp pain come from behind my left leg. I stopped immediately as I completely lost my leg turnover. Knowing that the pain felt very sharp, I didn’t mind stopping and taking the time to stretch. It certainly didn’t feel good even after the stretching. I tried to restart the motor one more time and my left leg didn't cooperate. I put my hands on my face and sat down on the grass in disbelief about what had just happened in matter of seconds. Soon I walked to the medical area at mile 17 and was transported to the finish. A day later I would eventually find out that I tore my left adductor muscle. At the time I dropped out from the race, I was still on 2:15:57 pace. Even without being able to finish the race, there are some positives I will take form this training block: the training program. This was the fittest I've ever been for a marathon and I'm excited to rebuild for the next one. The chase for 2:18 will have to wait until spring 2015...