Sunday, January 14, 2007

Houston Marathon - Preliminary Report

Well, I finished, it didn't rain, and it wasn't even all that cold. It sure wasn't 52 with windchill making it feel like 48. It's enough to make you wonder what they're smoking at weather.com, wunderground, noaa.gov and all the rest.

It wasn't a good run for me. From the very begining my hips and IT bands felt tight, and my lungs didn't get clear until around mile 6. It usually happens by mile 4. And my mood was off. I know it sounds weird, but I just wasn't feeling this race. Not today. Maybe it was all these years of frustration at not being able to do this race, but there was just something anticlimactic about finally being here again. I couldn't get excited. It felt like just another job.

They haven't posted the official results, but I think my chip time was 4:32 or thereabouts. I looked at my watch as I approached the mats, but I didn't remember to stop it until several minutes later. I guess the results will be up by this evening.

I'm not unhappy about my time, given all the training challenges and the way I felt today. But on a different day, I could've done a lot better. I just wasn't "on," that's how it goes, and I'm okay with that. It wasn't my first marathon, so I had nothing to prove.

My tape held up very well, by the way. I need to find out who invented this stuff and send him or her some flowers.

Off to massage my legs and take a nap now.

Longer report to follow.

3 comments:

Ellie said...

Some days are like that, yeah they are....

You did wonderfully, considering that you weren't into it! (And even if you had been.... it's still a great feat!)

From Here to There said...

Great job getting it done! Not that it would make you feel better, but your race time is near 90 minutes faster than mine :)

I am looking forward to the full report. Now get soaking in an epsom bath!

Shelley said...

Can't wait for the long report!!! Take care of those legs.