I have only run three marathons to
date: June of 2002 (Grandma's Marathon), April of 2003 (Boston
Marathon), and October of 2009 (San Francisco Nike Women's Marathon).
It is difficult to pick a favorite as each Marathon was a unique
experience. The most memorable is Nike Women's Marathon.
In 2009, I had a rather unbelievable
year. It was a whirlwind of races, travel, and wins. I got into the
Nike Women's Marathon a few weeks before and I had no intentions of
winning. I was just curious if all the trail running had in fact made
me faster. At the time, I didn't even own a pair of road shoes and
opted to wear trail shoes. I had not done a speed or tempo workout. I
didn't even wear a watch for some of my runs. I just ran.
I was so nervous that morning. But then
the gun went off and I just ran. Before I knew it, I was at mile
fifteen with the lead car guiding me with a second by second account
of my pace. After taking a fall around mile seventeen, I continued on
with bloody knees, calculating the minimum needed to run sub three
hours. It was exhilarating to have so much excitement in the last
quarter mile. People were cheering and as I crossed the banner, I had
the joy of being greeted by Kara Goucher and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
San Francisco Nike Women's Marathon is
one reason I am even attempting to compete on the roads. It had
everything I needed to enjoy a road race, hills and more hills, trail
shoes, and cut-up knees. It gave me the confidence to continue to
push my mental and physical limits. And it was extremely inspiring
seeing so many women out that day, accomplishing goals, and
supporting one another.
I am looking forward to running some
more marathons. Boston is just days away. This time I have some road
shoes and I have actually done some things called tempo and
I haven't run a track meet since high school, but about a year ago, I attended the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at UC Berkeley. I was there as a lap counter. Sam was going to be running the 5,000 meters. I had met Sam about a month before the race. We had gone for a long run at Redwood Park via suggestion from a coach. I recall quickly running out of breath as his speedy legs hit the climbs. I gave him tours of my favorite trails in the east bay. My guy friends, Will and Peter, accompanied us on a couple of these runs. They were enthusiastic as they kept telling me how perfect he was for me. I just ran and smiled.
So there I was on the side of the track lap counting as I received a text message from Peter. He was watching the track meet from the stands and making predictions about Sam's race. He also encouraged me to invite Sam out for a beer after the 5,000 meters. I cheered for Sam every time he circled around the track and I sat there amazed. He clearly wasn't having his best race, but he was strong and fast. Ok maybe a crush was growing. When he finished, I invited him to join Peter, some others, and I for a beer. We chatted and chatted and soon it was only the two of us at the bar.
Needless to say, Sam and I have been together since the Brutus Hamilton track meet, so yeah I think I have to say it is my favorite track race.
If you missed our November running clinic, here is an excerpt from Peter's talk!
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