Night before the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials!
It's 9:30pm and I just crawled into bed after a memorable pasta dinner with my supportive husband and parents and friends Brogan and Goldie who have come from San Diego to volunteer... for this race. What race? The U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials (what?!). Yeah. My thoughts exactly. I'm running in them. How? Well, until 5 months ago the thought never crossed my mind. In 2010 I ran my first marathon at 3:26 and over 4 years, I cut down a personal best of 2:53 in October 2014, still over 10 mins slower than what I needed to qualify to run in trials! Not in a million years would I run sub-2:43 and get to be here amongst so many amazing female runners I've admired for years. I owe all of this (and blame it on) my incredible husband who encouraged me to try. In Sept 2015, I ran the Berlin Marathon, hoping to break 2:50. When I ran 2:46:20, he believed I had a shot at a 2:42:59 (trials standard at the time), if I knuckled down, dedicated myself to my training and enlisted help of good friend and coaching extraordinaire, Terry Shea. I surprised myself (and many others) in a gutsy, not so smart marathon at CIM, and ran 2:40:45, earning my spot here in LA this weekend. And so, after 2 marathons in 3 months I'm here! Ready to take on marathon #3 within 5 months, and the highlight (thus far) in my running career.
It's going to be 82 degrees when we toe the line tomorrow. We're running 4 laps of the same 6 mile course. There are 244 ladies would have earned their name on their bib. I'm not vying for a spot on the Olympic Team, this is my Olympics - just getting here is the biggest accomplishment I could have ever asked for in my running career. I'm going to enjoy and savor every gosh dang second of it, because it's an experience I will always remember and could me the only time I get to this level. I'll leave my heart out there tomorrow-not going for time, just competition among fellow runners, and a goal of running a smart race. My bib reads NURSE - so freaking cool. And I'm number W78 (meaning I am ranked 78th overall in this race). My goal is to come in 78th place (or better). Anything until 2:50 in this heat would be a big accomplishment for me. Goal pace between 6:15-6:30. See you in the morning. It's go time.
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