Sunday, September 26, 2010
At this point I had to make a decision, run or not run? How could I come all that way, through the training and everything, and NOT run?!?! Well, the answer was: "I couldn't". So I braved the elements and started off running. My pace was good, I felt great! Even up through the hills and everything...then it started to rain harder about 1/2 way through the first lap. But I had started, I couldn't stop!
It was an interesting run, here and there the sky would open and I'd get rained on, but I kept running. Then the sun would come out and I'd get dry. So I was thinking, "Yeah! I'm going to be able to do this!" Lap one, my split was 1:04! Better than I was expecting and I felt great!
On to lap two, which I was able to run in almost no rain! My time was 2:12, perfectly placed in my timing! Better than my half-marathon in Kuldiga in August, so improvement! :) And I still felt great!
Here comes the third lap, I started into with great enthusiasm, feeling great, my pace is perfect...AND THEN...THE SKIES OPENED UP AND POURED DOWN RAIN! That lasted the whole entire third lap. By the time I got to the half-way point, I was SOAKED! I couldn't have been more wet if I were in the ocean! This meant that by the end of the third lap I had a blister on three of my toes of my right foot, making it SO bad I could barely run! I tried everything, running on only my heels, running with my toes up, running with my foot pointed in, pointed out...nothing worked! As I neared the end of the third lap, I knew that there was no way I could run with these blisters on my foot....If I could've changed my shoes, physically, I would've been able to run the entire thing...sigh...
I guess I'm just not meant to complete a marathon in Latvia. So the goal is to perhaps run the PF Chang's marathon in Arizona in January. If not, then one down the road. I'll still run because it makes me feel good and it helps me look great!
Sometimes we don't actually succeed at our goals, but these are the times that we just have to keep working at it...and eventually we will finish the race. ;)