I went to Dayton with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes for a great run. However poor planning on my part quickly undid that. I didn't hydrate correctly the day before and missed the first two water stations on the course. My shirt was of a heavier material and didn't breathe (big factor with the rising temps), I had 3 hours of sleep because of another rough hotel experience, and I was worried about not finding parking so I didn't get a chance to grab anything to eat before the marathon. So this guy started on an empty stomach and tired. The results were well... as you see not great.
But this was another learning experience and I have to own this setback.
So where do I go from here?... Onward. I'm getting a complete physical which is way overdue and pressing towards my next 1/2 marathon and then my next full in November. All I can do is keep going, quitting isn't an option.
On Saturday I'll be in Dayton participating in the Air Force Marathon. I only did 8 on Sunday and with my two short runs and the marathon on Saturday I'll still be at 40.2 miles for the week. Not sure what to expect, I've trained smart, studied the course, and eased up to allow my body to rest before Saturday. All I can do now is show up and be grateful I'm there with the 15,000 other runners. It sold out this year! I know it'll be a challenge as they all are, but I also know I'll give it my all.
So it's September and I'm pretty happy about that. August seemed like one struggle after another, but life can be that way sometimes, I get it. Happy with the run on Saturday, a lot less pain. I was really down on my milage for the month of August, I think my body was telling me 'Okay, enough. Time to heal.' It was the first time I ever took the advice of 'listen to your body' and relaxed my running schedule. And it seemed to work.
My goals for September are to get my milage back up to where it was in July (147 miles), and to have a strong finish in Dayton on the 16th.
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.