I haven't been going in order at all, so let's go back for a second to my very first big race: my first marathon in 2008. So where we last left off, I had run my first marathon without any trouble. I kept running for the rest of 2008, doing a 5k or two, but nothing else really special. I did get my beloved Garmin Forerunner 305 for Christmas that year! I was still running in clearance shoes and not tracking the miles on my shoes though.
When 2009 rolled around, I started training for the inaugural 2009 Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon (the full!), aiming to hopefully PR and ideally sub 4:20. Along the way I decided to run the Portland Race for the Roses Half Marathon. I had ambitions 3-year plans back then (that have since been thrown in the garbage) of qualifying for Boston. The plan was 2009: sub 4:20, 2010: sub 4:00, 2011: sub 3:40 (that was my BQ time back then, now it's 3:35). As you already know none of those things happened, mostly because of what you're going to read below!
This happened in April, 2009. My huge goal for this race was to sub 2, my previous best half marathon time was 2:06 at the Whidbey Island Half Marathon in 2008. And now you're ready to read this!
|I was bawling as soon as I crossed the finish line and took no pictures. This is also the only picture I took the ENTIRE time I had that cast on. That's how much I hated it.|