Whelp, the race has come and gone and the results are IN!! And I did much better than I expected!! I don’t normally train for time, but instead for distance, and I never wear a watch when running, but have always had a pretty good sense for my pace based on my performance in previous races. In running the 2009 SF Marathon this AM, I was predicting that I’d finish somewhere between 4:15-4:20, and my strategy was to pair up with the 4:15 pace group. However, due to the incredibly long line for the porta potties, I missed my assigned wave and was forced to start in the wave after mine. While on the run, I intentionally passed the 4:30 pace group and thought that so long as I stay ahead of that wolf pack, then I’d be good to go.
Well, it paid off! Sure I stopped at mile 5 to use the restroom, and sure I shuffled my feet at every aid station, but I felt strong! I remember getting up to mile 18 and thinking “alright, we’ve only got single digits left to go!” and at mile 22, which was dedicated to my dear friend, Liz, I was feeling super strong. Sure my ankles and feet and hips started to hurt in the upper-echelon digits, but all along the course, I kept spotting people donning t-shirts that read “pain is only temporary”, reminding me to suck it up and say “no weak sh_t today, Katie”. I sang and cheered and fist-pumped and graciously thanked the volunteers all the way to the end and passed several folks who had given up with the finish line in sight! Something I will never understand….
Anywho, I rallied at the end and finished strong!! Am I completely nuts that I’m already craving Chicago in October? My next goal is to finish a sub-4hr marathon, which I think I’ll reserve for either SF next summer or the Portland or Seattle Marathon in 2010.