St. Louis... you were much tougher than what I suspected. So anyway, this past weekend I ran a marathon in... you guessed it, St. Louis. I was warned about the hills and thought 'Well, I've done Pittsburgh twice', but this was honestly a lot harder. I went into this one well rested and having done two great months of training, and then things went down hill, then up hill, then down hill, and so on. I did set a new half-marathon record for 2019 on this course, and at Mile 13 things fell apart.
I had some great conversations along the way and met others struggling to just survive this run, so that became my attitude at mile 18. Yes, I had very high expectations for this one, and what happened was my 2nd slowest marathon to date. What I took away from this was how to deal with obvious disappointment and staying positive. The body and mind we pushed, and in the end I was still smiling and happy to get 2019 started. Next up is Mt. Hood in Oregon.
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.