First off Ann Arbor is a beautiful city full of beautiful people. Secondly... Things didn't work out for my marathon run. To sum it up, I hit the worst wall ever at mile 23 and collapsed. The doctor told me it was from several factors all hitting at once. Abnormal (very high) creatine kinase levels, I was dehydrated, and somehow ended up with hypothermia due to the temps and rain. None of this I'm happy about, but all of this I've learned from.
It turned out Ann Arbor was an extremely hilly course compared to where I train, and my average pace was 8:05-ish with several miles being 7:55. even on the hills. But those last miles I traveled were too much for me this time. I have Ohio on April 9th and have read it's a pretty flat course. So it's onward for me, and 'The Mission' will continue. I was knocked down but I'm getting back up.
Today I did The Shamrock Run in Indianapolis. It's an annual 4 or 7 mile tour of downtown Indy and my first group run since the Monumental Marathon last November. I set out to run a consistent Boston qualifying time to see how I felt at that pace. It turns out I smoked my goal and ran this at a 7:22/mile pace, with mile 5 coming in at 6:45 according to my running app. I still understand that I have A LOT of work ahead of me, but this was promising. Ann Arbor in 8 days and moving into a lighter week of running. I feel good!
In two weeks from today I'll be in lovely Ann Arbor Michigan participating in the annual Probility Ann Arbor Marathon. I've got my shirt picked out and ready to go. Flying the BAA colors. These shirts in various styles are for sale in my store and all profits will go to the various charities I have listed. And by the way, they are customizable too. My amazing friend Courtney will be joining me as a camera/video opp as well, and making sure I get home safe to Indy.
Today was 12:10 at an 8:05/mile pace. I've turned in faster runs, but I feel pretty good several hours later. I like that I'm bouncing back faster from this 12 mile runs. Plus new shoes will arrive tomorrow! I'll have time to get them broken in before Ann Arbor on March 26th.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.