Sunday, January 10, 2010
I have come to learn that I love and enjoy pacing other runners much, much more than I do running for myself. I just find it so much more rewarding to help others work hard to reach their goals. Today was no exception. Day two of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge brought about two exciting scenarios. The first was pacing my friend Peter H. I paced Peter at last year's Walt Disney World Marathon with a goal (like this year) of simply breaking the 4-hour mark - we missed it by 17 seconds. 17 seconds. For a few weeks after the race I thought about what I could have done better as a pacer, and where I went wrong. We had run a 1:56:07 first half in 2009 - perhaps if we picked it up a bit early on ? Well, for the second day in a row I got to witness one of those amazing performances of will and courage. We did a nice 1:50:51 first half, then, despite leg cramping for what seemed like the last 5 miles (at one point I thought the guy was ready to fall over from lack of leg cooperation), Peter powered his way to a 3:58:54 finish, hitting his goal with over a minute to spare. He really dug deep to fight through those cramps.
Scenario number two is a bit more alarming. Well, at least for me it is. I did not run the Marathon today with Ginette as she was content on plugging away on her own. We did, however, make a small family wager. Ginette would get an hour and a half head start, meaning she'd have to finish in 5:28:53 to beat me. Since she ran the Half Marathon yesterday as well, I figured I had it in the bag. NOT. Setting a new marathon PR, Ginette finished in 4:56:18, easily taking the family title, and ensuring that she would not have to do any laundry in the house for the next week (trust me, a week is more than enough with the amount of laundry we all produce in our house). Just a fantastic performance in only her second marathon, and a day after running a half-marathon!
Temperatures were in the 20s for this one at the start - crazy - but we all were happy to DNF in this area - Did Not Freeze!
Also, super congrats to Aaron on setting a new marathon PR with a sick fast time of 3:02:49.