When I started 2014 with the goal of running a marathon a month I really had no idea what I was signing up for. Would it be hard? What would I learn? Would I become a marathon runner or a guy who runs marathons? Half of the year is just about over and today I completed my seventh marathon for the year. And reflecting on the day and the reduced preparation that I did for the race I believe that I can complete the 2014 challenge and yes, I am beginning to feel like a marathon runner .
For the record, the race was in Pennypack Park, Philadelphia. We ran the trail system in the park – some paved, some dirt. Lots of hills and a good amount of mud and rocks to make it interesting. Only 200 people in the race – 176 finished, I came in 10th. Slow time for the day at 3:31 but given the up and down of the course I was happy with it.
One more thought. When I was delayed 3.5 hours travelling from Orlando to Philadelphia after another week on the road it would be have been very easy to pass on the race - to go back home and take a break. But the goal is the goal and regardless of a few obstacles in the way I stayed focused, changed three airlines, made it to Philly, got a bit of sleep and then made my way to the park and ready to go – no excuses. Yup – once again THPL keeps us focused and committed because it is what we do.
Loving life, running a marathon