Deception Pass 50km in December....Long and short, that was an absolutely amazing day - the training paid off and for the first time ever I was able to actually race the majority of a 50km trail race (even though I turned back and added 2km to get help for an injured co-runner get help). Still mid-pack but working my way up, and enjoying the moments.
A milestone it was!! An absolutely unbelievable race and I was very proud to be a part of the beautiful crowd and 30,000+ athletes.
All in all, Boston Marathon - SO MUCH MORE than one can ever imagine. Though, the weather was much to be desired with 60km head wind gusts, sideways rain with near zero celsius temperatures; this did not phase me in the slightest. 26.2 Miles straight of huge crowds cheering (even though it was absolutely horrendous weather....). The energy of the relentless crowd and co-runners infused energy by osmosis. When in doubt I just high-fived a few smiling kids and immediately my pace was right back on track!! No real doubt on the day. That in my mind is a success regardless....I even-paced for the first 40 km but unfortunately spent every penny before the last 2.2km, both legs were in full fledged cramp and only mini-jump-steps were possible (sad but true, so unlike me!!). I was on pace for a <3:35 but ended up 3:38.... Unfortunately no sub 3:30 Boston for me this year (maybe next???!!)
The funny part: 4 days later, I stubbed my right pinky toe (and broke right in half - I will say the x-ray is quite ugly).
5 weeks later with a recent x-ray the toe is still a full break, but I can now wear shoes again, and feels fine-ish to me so (Dr. approved) running will begin soon. I enjoyed the much needed rest (I don't think I have done that in about 17 years).
To start off with a bang I just agreed today to running in a relay in the Muskoka 70.3 half Ironman next month!! (of course with consideration that I will be DOG SLOW).
Phew....I'm back!! (Though I was getting used to the lazy version of Sheryl....)