Today, the husband and I both accomplished major things. He ran his first full marathon (26.2 miles) in under four hours. I ran my second half-marathon with a three-minute personal best. And, while training played a part in my success, I believe there were three more things that helped me accomplish this feat:
- I ran with a pace group. My first half marathon was completed in 1:51:44. I knew that if I ran (and kept up with) the 1:50 pace group, I was guaranteed a personal best.
- I ran “smart”. I drafted behind our pacer for the majority of the race. He even let me hold the pace sign! Dream come true.
- And, the most important aspect of this weekend was that C and I got away for the night. The trip may not have been long (we left our home at 1:30pm on Saturday and returned on 2:40pm on Sunday). But, it was just enough time for us to recharge and relax before we start a very busy time in our academic lives.
I am so proud of us. The work and time we put into achieving these goals was quite a bit, but we did it!