Wrapping up 2021
So I’ve been busy/So where to begin… I’m wrapping up 2021 on several high notes and a few injuries, but those are the clouds that will pass.
I pulled of marathon #19 on November 6th running my 6th Monumental Marathon. Everywhere I go I brag about this course and event, it’s such a great tour of Indianapolis and very well managed. I can honestly say I ran a really strong half-marathon with a few struggles starting around mile 15-23. But what can you do except slug it out. Which is what I chose to do and there is beauty in the struggle and beauty at the finish line. I missed my personal record by about 28 seconds which I set in Carmel Indiana in April.
On December 5th I was in Sacramento for the CIM, my 20th marathon and 5th for the year. Like in 2019 I made the error of trying to get into my starting wave later than what I should have and started way behind my desired pace group. But like in 2019 I just went with the flow and found zin in every step. Somehow I pulled off the strongest 18 miles of my life, the wall found me at mile 20, and I found the strength to push through. So… I ended up pulling off a personal record by about 3 minutes and moving the needle much closer to a BQ.
And I ran these worth a purpose for two missed souls. I brought back some medals for Pirate Cat and for my friend Leslie, who I still miss dearly. Just a few runs left as I nurse my injuries, but a record number of miles has already been reached.
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.