I feel the need for redemption. I KNOW I have a better marathon in me. I know I can run faster than 3:25. I’d like to think a lot faster. Yes, I feel the need for redemption.
The Pensacola Marathon last November (2012) was probably my least favorite race ever. But let me be clear – that has NOTHING to do with the race it self – Pensacola puts on TOP NOTCH races! It has all to do with me. I raced stupid, I ran alone a lot, I crumbled, I was no where near my goal. It just was.not.fun.on.any.level. Actually, it was fun on 1 level – my amazing family was the most kick-a cheering squad EVER! That was the best part of the day! :)
So walking away from Pensacola I knew I’d have to run more marathon and keep chasing my goals and dreams.
Fast forward to March 2013. After chasing a sub 1:30 half marathon since spring 2010, I smashed it with a 1:27:33. After that race, I felt even more like I needed to go after redemption in the marathon.
I’ve qualified for Boston 2014 and am planning to run – if I get in. I don’t want that to be my only shot at a marathon this year. Yet with doing Boston, if I do a fall marathon, it needs to be close by and a cheap trip. Huntsville fits that category. I’ve also heard great things about the race. The hotel is booked and I need to take the plunge and register!