Sugarloaf Marathon, Maine: 3:24:31 / 7:48
3 Marathons in 6 weeks. I'm done! Time to focus on shorter distances! More to come, till then the Shins!
Net Time: 3:24:31
What I really need to do is to space out my marathons a bit more and stop being overzealous on trying to do too much. Obviously, my body took a beating and truth be told couldn't really handle the physical nature of marathons without the optimal recovery. I felt my body could handle it since I felt good after Long Island and the fact that I've done the 2 marathon 15 day deal in 2008. But all the racing has really caught up to me. The zeal and the competition clouded my judgement of respecting the distance, hence I will need to take each marathon more seriously. I knew after mile 8 I was in trouble. My legs didn't have the springing action like it used to and I felt fatigued. There's really no excuse since no one put a gun to my head to do 3 marathons in that length of time. I had a chat with my friends and especially my dad after the race. He asked me why do keep I killing myself on all this marathoning? Truth is I just love the distance and trying to put my body to its limits. And if I truly love the distance, I need to be more serious about it...a little TLC goes a long way baby! In addition, coach told me that my knees will be shot by 35 if I keep doing this! In the end, I've done it and would I do it again? Absolutely not :)
I've checked my calendar and it looks like my next tune-up marathon is around september. Till then, I'm going to slowly build up my speed on shorter distances and focus on 1-2 "A" races near the end of the year. Ultimately I would like to burn the course in Boston 2010.
Meanwhile, I'm behind schedule with my 9 NYRR races. I prefer completing the requirements before september-october. But it looks like I'm going to have some trouble and willing to take some drastic measure to complete my 9 (ie. do a short race back to back and sacrificing some non-nyrr races)--- mainly because i hardly do November-December NYRR races! Eff me!